Greens Announce Thin Slate for 2014

51 candidates announced for November election

Green Party co-chair kat swift (r), challenging US Rep. Lloyd Doggett in the 2014 elections
Green Party co-chair kat swift (r), challenging US Rep. Lloyd Doggett in the 2014 elections (Photo by Richard Whittaker)

The Green Party of Texas confirmed itself as the fourth party in a two party state this week as it unveiled a statewide slate of 51 candidates for the November general election. Only four Greens are running for Travis County seats – and only two of those actually live in the Austin area.

Party co-chair David Wager announced back in December that the party had put together one of its larger slates in recent years, but the list of candidates was only released this week. Moreover, it's a fraction of the candidates that either the Republicans, Democrats or Libertarians have lined up for November.

The party did manage to fill the top of the ticket, with challengers for the US Senate and all the statewide offices (those are the most important, because the party needs to break 6% of turnout in at least one of those races to retain ballot access in 2016.) However, further down the ballot there's a dearth of candidates.

Travis County Greens in particular don't have much to choose from, and half of those races are in congressional districts that scarcely graze the county. In CD-21, San Antonio resident Antonio Diaz is taking a shot at Republican incumbent Lamar Smith, while next door in CD-35 another resident of the River city, Wager's co-chair and former Green presidential hopeful kat swift is challenging Democrat Lloyd Doggett.

Much further down the ballot in the county races, two Greens are making their stand. Health and nutrition consultant Jeff Questad is entering the contentious county judge race, while Austin Parks Foundation volunteer manager and Travis County Green Party chair Bill Stout (who ran an unsuccessful Congressional race in 2012) is running for county clerk.

Unlike the Democrats and Republicans, the Greens do not have a formal primary process. Instead, all 51 candidates have to win against a binding "none of the above" resolution at the party's annual convention before they can make it on to the November ballot.

A note to readers: Bold and uncensored, The Austin Chronicle has been Austin’s independent news source for almost 40 years, expressing the community’s political and environmental concerns and supporting its active cultural scene. Now more than ever, we need your support to continue supplying Austin with independent, free press. If real news is important to you, please consider making a donation of $5, $10 or whatever you can afford, to help keep our journalism on stands.

Support the Chronicle  

READ MORE
More November 2014 Election
Martinez and Adler Trade Attacks
Martinez and Adler Trade Attacks
Mayoral run-off campaign quickly turns harsh

Michael King, Nov. 14, 2014

District 9 Post-Mortem
District 9 Post-Mortem
Kathie Tovo and Chris Riley speak post-election

Chase Hoffberger, Nov. 11, 2014

More Green Party of Texas
GOP Can't Greenwash TRM-PAC 2.0
GOP Can't Greenwash TRM-PAC 2.0
Ballot manipulation plots exposed

Richard Whittaker, June 26, 2010

Ballot on Hold
Ballot on Hold
Dems, Greens reach temporary agreement on petition

Richard Whittaker, June 10, 2010

More by Richard Whittaker
Macon Blair to Direct <i>Toxic Avenger</i> Relaunch
Macon Blair to Direct Toxic Avenger Relaunch
Austin director cleans up with return of the cult classic

March 21, 2019

Us
Jordan Peele has met the enemy, and they is Us

March 22, 2019

KEYWORDS FOR THIS POST

November 2014 Election, Green Party of Texas, Travis County Green Party, Bill Stout, kat swift, Lamar Smith, Elliott Naishtat

MORE IN THE ARCHIVES
NEWSLETTERS
One click gets you all the newsletters listed below

Breaking news, arts coverage, and daily events

Can't keep up with happenings around town? We can help.

Austin's queerest news and events

Updates for SXSW 2019

All questions answered (satisfaction not guaranteed)

Information is power. Support the free press, so we can support Austin.   Support the Chronicle