Green Party of Connecticut

March 31, 2006

Tim McKee, CT Green Party National Committee Person, cell (860) 860-778- 1304 OR (860) 643-2282
Mike DeRosa, State Co-Chair (860) 956-8170 or (860) 919-4042 (cell)
Ralph Ferrucci, U.S. Senate candidate (203) 430-9342
Cliff Thornton, Candidate for Governor (860) 657-8438

Nominees For U.S. Senate, Governor And State Office Candidates To Be Decided

HARTFORD -- Green Party officials announce that "Earth Day", Saturday April 22, at the AFLCIO Greater New Haven Labor Hall, at 267 Chapel Street in New Haven, CT will be the date of the State Convention to have formal decisions on who the party nominees will be for historic first runs for U.S. Senate, Governor, and other state offices. A social Hour will begin at 11 am, with the kick off of the Convention at Noon. The event is free and open to the public and all registered Green Party voters are encouraged to attend. The Convention will also feature the election of internal Green Party officers and discuss other local race and candidates for office.

Tim McKee, Green Party National Committee person said "This will be a Convention that will formally decide our candidates for state wide office and we hope to have a record crowd in attendance as interest is high on our candidates such as Cliff Thornton running for Governor. Each of the candidates will give short speeches on why they want to the Green Party's nominees and how they will campaign. The Convention will then vote to endorse the candidates.

The Greens have elected about 227 office holders across the U.S., on including many city council members, mayors, and state officials.

  • Governor: Clifford Thornton, founder of the drug policy reform group Efficacy, who will be CT's first African American candidate for Governor;
  • Attorney General: Nancy Burton, environmental activist and founder of CT Coalition against Millstone;
  • Secretary of the State: Mike DeRosa, founder of Project V.O.T.E.R. - Voter Opportunity through Election Reform;
  • State Treasurer: David Bue, socially responsible investment adviser with First Affirmative Financial Network;
  • U.S. Senator: Ralph Ferrucci, former candidate for New Haven Mayor and for U.S. Representative, 3rd CD.
  • Temporary "Place holder" candidates to be changed at a later date before the final ballot in November include: Lt. Governor: Robin Schaefer, of Yale University and State Comptroller: Colin Bennett

McKee explained that petitions are being circulated for Green Party candidates for state-wide offices runs for the first time in the Green Party of Connecticut history.