Frequently Asked Questions
"Why not start with a lower office, such as city council or state house, and work your way up to governor?"
A high profile race such as Governor gives the Green Party statewide visibility, and I hope, by my example, to give Greens throughout the state encouragement to run for office. The response to my campaign has been very encouraging. My campaign will pressure both of the big-party candidates to take a more progressive stand on the issues, and will highlight for the voters the undue influence of corporate power on our elections. True I have little experience governing, and the Iowa Green Party is small compared to the political machines I'm up against. But I am willing to publicly stand up for what we believe in, and that will force the other candidates to confess their beliefs or look foolish and deceitful. It seems to me the best strategy long-term for weaning our politicians from the corporate money - to rally the common folk who are being trampled in the corporate race to the bottom. Because, after all, votes trump dollars.
"Why run if you know you won't win?"
In order to be recognized as a political party in the state of Iowa, we have to get at least 2% of the vote for the highest office on the statewide ballot, which is either president or governor, depending on the year. Thanks to Ralph Nader, we had this in 2000, but we lost it again in 2002. During those two years, there was a check box for Green Party on the voter registration cards. The state collected the names and addresses of everyone who checked Green and gave that list to us, so we knew who our supporters are. There is the possibility of getting funds from the state for campaigns. All of this is very valuable to the future of the party. Becoming governor would be great. But just having the option to register Green means a lot to me, and would be a victory as well.
"Won't you just spoil the race so the lesser of two evil candidate will lose and the really evil candidate will win?"
I'm disgusted when I see lame candidates get into office just because the other guy is even worse. Iowans deserve the opportunity to vote for their hopes instead of their fears. The only way we can counteract that phenomenon is to run good candidates. Both Jim Nussle and Chet Culver have the opportunity now to convince voters that they are the right choice, and whoever the voters of Iowa choose, I'm fine with it. But they have to earn it. This is not going to be a "hold your nose and vote" election if I can help it.