|Ecology Democracy Party candidate for
Governor of Minnesota, 2010
November 2, 2010
|Opponent(s)||Mark Dayton (DFL)
Tom Emmer (R)
Tom Horner (IP)
Chris Wright (GRP)
Farheen Hakeem (GP)
Linda Eno (RP)
|Political party||Ecology Democracy Party|
|Green Party (until 2006)|
Ken Pentel (born c. 1961) (pronounced pen-TELL) is an American politician, and a candidate for Governor of Minnesota for the Ecology Democracy Party. Pentel was the gubernatorial candidate for the Green party three previous times, in 1998, 2002, and 2006.
Pentel grew up in Minneapolis and graduated from Hopkins High School. His father owned Pentel Pontiac and his mother was an employment counselor. After high school, Pentel studied theater at the University of Minnesota for a couple of years before moving to California, intending to go into show business. Having seen the results of pollution in California, Pentel became interested in the environmental movement. When he arrived back in the Twin Cities in 1986, Pentel joined Greenpeace, where he worked for 11 years as a field manager, volunteer organizer and lobbyist.
His platform consists of:
- Stable, livable-wage jobs
- Single-payer healthcare to cover all Minnesotans
- Increased funding for education
- Affordable low-cost housing
- Clean water, air and soil
- Clean, publicly financed elections
- Instant runoff voting
- Proportional representation
- Corporate accountability
- Rewards for efficient and sustainable energy
- Tax breaks for local family farmers and organic agriculture
- An economically and ethnically diverse administration
- 2010 - Governor - 6th of 7 running: 6,180 votes, for 0.29%
- 2006 - Governor - 4th of 6 running: 10,854 votes, for 0.49%
- 2002 - Governor - 4th of 7 running: 50,589 votes, for 2.25%
- 1998 - Governor - 4th of 8 running: 6,983 votes, for 0.3%
Ecology Democracy Network
After the 2006 election, Pentel pursued the creation of a nonpartisan, political organization called the Ecology Democracy Network  with a primary goal to establish ecological whole-cost accounting in Minnesota. The organization later established itself as a political party.
- Hopfensperger, Jean (October 28, 2002). "Pentel walks the Green walk as candidate, citizen; To effect change, he says, it's necessary to agitate the system and work within it.". Star Tribune.
- McCallum, Laura (September 7, 2002). "Serious about issues: Ken Pentel profile". Minnesota Public Radio.
- Radio interview about the Ecology Democracy Network
- The Independent Campaigns are off and Running!