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Proposal Details

Proposal ID305
ProposalWe Will Run Resolution
PresenterGreen Parties of IL, MI, NC, OR, RI, UT, VT, VA, WI, FL
Floor ManagerJim Coplen
Discussion08/06/2007 - 08/19/2007
Voting08/20/2007 - 08/26/2007
Presens Quorum33 0.6666
Consens Quorum82 0.6666 of Yes and No Votes


On April 23, 2006, the National Committee adopted Proposal 218, "Resolution To Pose Challenge To Two-Party System". This resolution put GPUS on record as "posing an electoral challenge to the corporate-funded and controlled two-party system" and as resolving to "run electoral campaigns full out".

This proposal, following largely from Proposal 218, will make the Green Party's intentions clear for 2008: We will field a presidential ticket in 2008 and will use resources to the best of our ability to give our nominees the strongest support possible.

Unambiguously declaring the Green Party's intent to conduct a contested nomination process, with an emphasis on securing ballot lines and developing resources so as to run the strongest possible 2008 presidential campaign, is critical to developing party unity and making the most of the opportunities presented by the current political climate.

The text of the We Will Run Resolution is designed to be a clear statement of the national party's intentions, transmitted to state and local parties across the country.


The Green National Committee hereby adopts the following resolution:

WHEREAS the GPUS National Committee has clearly stated, through passage of Proposal 218, a commitment to run "full out" campaigns, and

WHEREAS running "full out" requires gathering the greatest amount of resources such that a campaign can be as strong as possible, and

WHEREAS the reality of modern American politics is that the longer we wait to make our involvement clear, the more resources we will lose, and

WHEREAS past election cycles have demonstrated the absolute necessity of making it clear that we will hold a competitive nomination process culminating in our quadrennial presidential nominating convention lest we send mixed signals to Greens, prospective candidates, the media, and the public at large, and

WHEREAS prospective presidential candidates considering whether to run as a Green will look for clarity from the national party as to intentions for 2008, and will be encouraged by a party with determination to run,

BE IT THEREFORE RESOLVED that it is the firm intention of the Green National Committee that the Green Party will nominate a presidential ticket at its 2008 convention, and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that it is the firm intention of the Green National Committee to strengthen our eventual ticket by generating and applying resources to ensure, among other things, that we will maximize the number of ballot lines on which our nominees will appear, and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Green National Committee hereby directs its officers and committees, when addressing the matter of the party's intentions in 2008, and to the extent appropriate given the context of any such public statements, that the Green Party is conducting a contested presidential nomination process and that we will be nominating a presidential ticket at our 2008 convention.


As to be determined by the National Committee at a later time.

Contact: Phil Huckelberry,


GNC Proposal 218,

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