Wendy for Governor Campaign

Wendy Barth is running for the Governor of Iowa on the Green Party ticket, along with running mate Richard Johnson candidate for Lt. Governor.

Saturday, June 24, 2006

Eyes Wide Open



American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) brought their display of boots, one pair for each National Guard member who has died in the Iraq war, to Cedar Rapids for Freedom Fest, adding a somber note to festivities entirely fitting with the theme. It was touching to meet people who had lost family members, who searched among the nearly 400 pairs of boots for the ones tagged with their loved ones.

I have met people formerly with the Iowa National Guard who quit because of the Iraq war. This is distressing, since we depend on the Guard in times of emergencies. They fill sandbags during floods, they ward off looters, they bring in trucks full of drinking water.

In the announcement of my candidacy, I stated, "Using the National Guard in a war of aggression is an abuse of their purpose and the honorable commitment that the Guard members make to our state. I propose that as a state we create a new organization, tentatively called "Iowa Emergency Response Guard", and transition the Iowa National Guard to this "well regulated militia" as defined in the Bill of Rights, to meet the needs that the Iowa National Guard has so capably filled, but beyond the reach of federal authorities who clearly have abused their authority."

Thursday, June 22, 2006

Barth Campaign Announces Selection of Running Mate



Barth Campaign Announces Selection of Running Mate


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Wednesday, June 21, 2006

Dysert - CAFO Candidates Forum

A candidate's forum was held on June 20th, 2006 at 7PM in the Dysert CommunityBuilding. Attending were candidates and current members of the Tama County Board of Supervisors, candidates and representatives from Tama county to the Iowa statehouse, candidates for the Secretary of Agriculture, and me, Wendy Barth, the Green Party candidate for governor.

It was just a coincidence that the table closest to the stage had 4 chairs, I took the third, and all the other candidates arranged themselves at the tables further from the stage, leaving seats open at the governor's table for Chet Culver, Jim Nussle, and Christy Welty

The topic was CAFOs - Confined Animal FeedingOperations.

The crowd was sharply divided between people who are trying to make money and people who find their quality of life threatened. The hog farmers all solemnly pledged that they were being good neighbors, that it was only a few bad apples who were causing the problems. Yet when I suggested that we go after the bad apples with stricter penalties for pollution, they all blanched. When I said,"I just heard you all say that you all are being good neighbors, so you have nothing to fear." somehow that was not reassuring to them. Curious.

Many people thanked me for bringing up the "super-germ" issue - apparently these hog farmers had not considered how consistent use of antibiotics could become and indeed is becoming a problem.

Monday, June 12, 2006

Iowa Green Party Announces Wendy Barth as Candidate for Governor




Iowa Green Party Announces Wendy Barth as Candidate for Governor


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Disclaimer: State, local, and candidate press releases made available here represent the opinions of the original source only. Opinions expressed by a state party or candidate do not necessarily represent the views of the Green Party of the United States. State party contact information, when provided with candidate releases, does not imply state party endorsement of the opinions expressed nor of the candidate (prior to gaining formal nomination by the party).
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Office: PO Box 57065 Washington, D.C. 20037
Email: office@gp.org 202-319-7191 or toll-free (US): 866-41GREEN