Candidates for Co-Chair (3 seats)

michele bickingMichele L. Bicking

Candidate for Co-Chair
Hartford County Chapter - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 860-598-0018

Michelle Louise Bicking is a licensed clinical social worker, Justice of the Peace, and aspiring herbalist originally from Brooklyn, New York. She is a first generation Bajan (Barbados)/Vincentian (Saint Vincent and the Grenadines) American that identified as an emerging woman farmer of color. She says farming is a natural extension of her role as a professional caregiver and her 20+ years of direct service experience to social and economically disenfranchised youth and families including in inner city and rural communities throughout the Northeast. Now, as Executive Director/Founder of Hidden Acres Farm, she is looking to channel her life-long commitment to service into regional projects that address the opioid pandemic, including opening a trauma-informed rural mental health clinic with a focus on forging/rebuilding connections to name spiritual life as well as to the natural world through farming. In addition to hosting agriculture-oriented seminars targeting folks of color, she is currently working on a series of regenerative agriculture projects, including a medicinal herb garden.

Stance:

Michelle stands by her platform from 2018 when she ran for Representative to Congress, 2nd District: pro-choice; anti-death penalty; pro-cannabis legalization, taxation and deregulation including industrial hemp; immediate forgiveness to all student loans; freedom of religion or non-religion; universal health care for all, including legal migrants; freedom from discrimination for LGBTQIA, Two Spirit, et al. communities; sanctuary communities and houses of worship; gender pay equity; paid family leave; universal education for all; ending mass incarceration; supporting a peace economy, town by town.

Party Goals:

In addition to broadening the base of existing members to include more ethnic and religious "minority" groups through targeted outreach efforts, Michelle is eager to host an international convening of Green Party members from across the globe between 2020 and 2021. Michelle is also interested in cofounding a communal work space with incubator projects led and staffed by Green Party members for the greater good of the communities in which it is housed.

 

peter goselinPeter Goselin

Candidate for Co-Chair
Hartford County Chapter - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

I am proud to have been the Green Party of Connecticut candidate for Attorney General in 2018. Today, more than ever, we need a grassroots political party in Connecticut that will represent the interests of working people, that will fight to dismantle white supremacy and oppression, and that will lead in saving our planet from capitalist greed.

As a lawyer in Connecticut for almost twenty-five years, I have been an advocate for the rights of individual workers and labor unions. In recent years my political and legal work has been focused on exposing police violence against people of color, protecting workers’ rights on the job, defending immigrant workers from wage theft and exploitation, and protecting our First Amendment freedom to protest.

As conscious and caring members of our communities, Greens know it takes more than voting to make change. Neighborhood groups, organizations that represent oppressed communities, labor unions, and direct action groups all play a role, along with political parties like the Connecticut Green Party. Petitions, picket lines, boycotts, and protests are, like running for office and voting, tools for creating a better world.

When activists organize to demand police accountability in their city, or call for a ban on plastic bags, or oppose dangerous budget cuts, we in the Connecticut Green Party should be right there with them. Not only supporting their work but inviting them: run your candidate for board of education or city council or state legislature on the Green Party ballot line. Let us make this tool available to you. To accomplish that goal, we need to take seriously the work of getting Greens onto more ballot lines, preserving the ballot lines we have, and reforming Connecticut’s elections system, including with ballot re-design and Ranked Choice Voting.

 

tim mckeeTim McKee

Candidate for Co-Chair
General Chapter, Hamden - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

 

Candidates for CT Representative to the GPUS National Committee (5 seats)

owen charlesOwen Charles

Candidate for CT Representative to the Green Party of United States
Shoreline Chapter - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

For the past two years I have served in this role as a Connecticut Delegate to the National Committee (NatComm). In this brief statement I will focus on this role and how we can improve upon the past. At the end, I will post a link to past statements for more info about me.
 
The Role:
The National Committee(NatComm) functions a little like "Congress" for the GPUS. Representatives from each state are elected proportionally and serve as the decision-making body. These decisions include electing our 7 member leadership (GPUS Steering Committee), updates to our Platform, endorsements of national actions and protests, and review of communications and other functions of the national leadership. There are more details available at https://gpus.org/national-committee/.
 
What we can do to improve:
  • At the NatComm we need to make more progress on non-toxic, productive, and efficient communication. I will continue to advocate for this exchange of ideas not insults. We need less endless micro-detailing of our platform and more work on engaging and growing a mass movement.
  • We can institute voluntary Green membership dues of $50 per person (or pay what you can). This was advocated by the late Bruce Dixon, a NatComm member and great writer for Black Agenda Report who I was privileged to meet and talk with. I feel strongly we're missing out on a funding source because we don't even politely ask for it. Other political parties/organizations require dues that fund things to build a mass movement such as national offices, regional offices, regional organizers and outreach coordinators.
  • At the State level, our 5 delegates can share thoughts and information with each other and CTGP members in advance and prepare a report for each monthly meeting. We can do a better job of sharing key info from the NatComm including votes and platform proposals, in order to solicit CTGP member input on these. I commend Tim McKee for doing this recently via the CTGP Yahoo list serv's.  To share more widely, we can utilize facebook, monthly meetings and local chapters and Town Committees.  
About me
  • I'd like to see the Green Party play a key role in growing a mass movement, winning elections, and enacting the change we want to see. We must evolve out of our initial “Small Club” stage of development and welcome people in –  to become a Party that inspires people and WINS ELECTIONS.
  • I am a life-long activist, a Registered Nurse, a former Occupy-organizer, have held public office, run as a Green candidate, and founded and continue to be a leader of the Shoreline Green Party. If you’d like to know more about me, see my past statements on this site under candidates- 2017, 2018, and 2019 http://www.ctgreenparty.org/candidates-menu.html

 

 Video statement:

 

Keith FosterKeith Foster

Candidate for CT Representative to the Green Party of United States
Shoreline Chapter - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

tim mckeeTim McKee

Candidate for CT Representative to the Green Party of United States
General Chapter, Hamden - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

(See above)

 

cora santaguidaCora Santaguida

Candidate for CT Representative to the Green Party of United States
Fairfield County Chapter - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

 

David Younng

David Younng

Candidate for CT Representative to the Green Party of United States
Shoreline Chapter - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Candidates for Secretary (1 seat)

ronna stullerRonna Stuller

Candidate for Secretary
New London Chapter - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 860-772-8439

A Green since 2004, I currently serve as Chair of the New London chapter/town committee. I'm a host of our long-running public access program “Thinking Green,” and I designed and maintain our website: www.nlgreens.org. I am a past member of the New London Board of Education and have served on the Planning & Zoning Commission since 2014. In 2011, after the proposed sale of a long-neglected park was defeated in a dramatic referendum, I co-founded the Riverside Park Conservancy and serve as its treasurer. In 2018, I helped found the SECT Community Land Trust, which recently renovated and sold its first permanently-affordable residence, and is seeking opportunities to host workspace for local non-profits and support cooperative agriculture.

Despite recent setbacks in statewide ballot access, the Green Party retains its unique potential to bridge the gap between the progressive movement and governmental action. Having minor party status allows us to offer electoral opportunities to activists fighting for social, environmental, and economic justice, and to influence Connecticut’s legislative agenda.

As GPCT secretary, my priorities are to provide technical support for Greens forming local chapters and town committees; seek out and nurture candidates with a progressive platform; improve communication among members throughout the state; share lessons learned during New London’s two decades of political activity; and maintain clearly written, accessible Green Party records.

I look forward to being part of a team that will work cooperatively to build our party, increase its relevance among voters, and offer a politics of hope with which we can face – and solve – Connecticut’s challenges.

 

 

Candidates for Treasurer (1 seat)

bob stullerBob Stuller

Candidate for Treasurer
New London Chapter - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 860-271-9135

The Green Party of Connecticut is at a critical juncture. We have had some successes in recent years, forming a few new chapters and running a handful of successful campaigns. But losing multiple statewide ballot lines in last year’s election is a major red flag.

We must therefore adopt an attitude of urgency. Urgency to be relevant to the social movements of our time. Urgency to address the dual challenges of damage to our global ecosystem and damage to civil society. Urgency to respect our Ten Key Values, including Decentralization and Grassroots Democracy.

When we embrace those two Values, we begin to see the State Central Committee as the functional body it was designed to be: an administrative body coordinating among local chapters and directly representing Connecticut Greens without a chapter, always seeking to nurture the tender young growth of future chapters.

During my tenure as Treasurer of the New London Greens, I have handled the State Election Enforcement Commission (SEEC) paperwork via the eCris system through multiple municipal and State Representative elections. In the recent special election, I learned the ins and outs of Citizens Election Program (CEP) funding. During this process, I also had the opportunity to develop a comfortable working relationship with SEEC staff.

If elected I would pursue three objectives: First, I would initiate a process to produce realistic, transparent, balanced budgets focused on supporting Green candidates and local organizing efforts.

Second, I would implement an SEEC-compliant Anedot donation page for our website, leveraging our budgetary goals to motivate donors.

Third, I believe that – to ensure uninterrupted continuity of all SEEC and FEC required record-keeping – the Green Party of Connecticut should, at all times, have a Deputy Treasurer.

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