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IC Hosting Green Party Natl. Meeting

IOWA CITY, IA -- You may have seen their national campaigns. Many of them haven't yielded many elected officials for the Green Party.

But in Iowa, and across the nation, the Green Party is aiming for smaller seats and working from the ground up.

"Many of our priority elections are actually going to be at the local level," said 2012 Green Party Presidential Candidate Jill Stein.

"There have been a few legislative successes around the country but mostly its been school boards, city councils and we've had them here in Iowa," said National Green Party Committee Delegate Holly Hart.

A controversial ruling like deciding to close the Hoover Elementary School in Iowa City is a chance for the green party to be most effective. It just hasn't quite happened yet in Iowa.

"I know in Maine, several school boards have been effected by greens being elected," said Hart.

Jesse Townley

"We're there, we're responsible to the people that elect us," said Jesse Townley, a candidate for the Green Party's Steering Committee.

And while Hart says there hasn't been a lot of support for Green candidates and initiatives locally, she says she has gotten interest recently from some Iowa City teachers.

That interest might not have been possible without getting exposure by running for offices in the past, that the party didn't win.

"So you get people interested in that and they're interested in having politically active people and Green people what do we think what can we do to help," said Hart.

That's all the party needs. If it can shape the debate in election season and provide another choice for citizens who want a voice at all other times, it's reached its goal.

"Everyday people are struggling and it doesn't have to be that way," said Stein.

For the rest of the weekend the meetings events are focused on teaching members how to start and run a campaign and promote green policies.

The Green Party also supports racial equity, an issue that's been in the news recently here in Iowa City.

 
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