2020 Green Party presidential primaries

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Green Party presidential primaries, 2020

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400 +/- 2 Delegate votes to the Green National Convention
201 +/- 1 Delegate votes needed to win

Previous Green nominee

Jill Stein

The 2020 Green Party presidential primaries will be a series of primaries, caucuses and state conventions in which voters elect delegates to represent a candidate for the Green Party's nominee for president of the United States at the 2020 Green National Convention. The primaries, to be held in numerous states on various dates from early spring into early summer of 2020, will feature elections publicly funded, concurrent with the Democratic and Republican primaries, and elections privately funded by the Green Party, to be held non-concurrently with the major party primaries.

There will be 400 delegates, plus or minus two, elected to the Green National Convention. A candidate will need a simple majority of these delegates, in addition to formal recognition, to become the Green Party's nominee in the 2020 presidential election.[1][2]


Former nominees[edit]

The former Green Party presidential nominees, in chronological order, are consumer advocate Ralph Nader, political activist David Cobb, congresswoman Cynthia McKinney, and political activist Jill Stein. Both Nader and Stein received the nomination for president twice from the Green Party. The former vice presidential nominees of the Green Party are environmentalist and economist Winona LaDuke, political activist Pat LaMarche, organizer and hip-hop activist Rosa Clemente, National Coordinator of the Poor People's Economic Human Rights Campaign Cheri Honkala, and human rights activist Ajamu Baraka. In 2016, LaDuke became the first Native American woman and Green Party candidate to receive an Electoral College vote for Vice President.[3]

Both vice presidential nominees from the preceding 2016 and 2012 elections, Baraka and Honkala, have endorsed Howie Hawkins for president.[4]


Candidates included are those who have at some point been considered active by the party's Presidential Campaign Support Committee.[5] Holding an active status does not mean the candidate has received official recognition from the party.

On July 24, 2019, the Green Party of the United States officially recognized Howie Hawkins' campaign.[6] Nearly a month later, Dario Hunter's campaign was also recognized.[7] The remaining candidates may obtain formal recognition after meeting the established criteria by the party's Presidential Campaign Support Committee.[8]

Declared candidates[edit]

Name Born Experience Home state Campaign
Announcement date
Candidates formally recognized by GPUS
Hawkins 2010.jpg
Howie Hawkins
December 8, 1952
(age 67)
San Francisco, California
Activist; co-founder of the Green Party
Socialist Party USA nominee for President in 2020[9]
Green nominee for Governor of New York in 2010, 2014, 2018
Green nominee for U.S. representative from NY-25 in 2008
Green nominee for U.S. Senate from New York in 2006
Flag of New York.svg
New York
Howie Hawkins 2020 presidential campaign logo.png
Exploratory committee:
April 3, 2019

Campaign: May 28, 2019
FEC filing[10]
Dario Hunter YCSD (cropped) (cropped).jpg
Dario Hunter
April 21, 1983
(age 36)
Livingston, New Jersey
Youngstown Board of Education member (2016–2019) Flag of Ohio.svg
Dario Hunter 2020 presidential campaign logo.png
Exploratory committee:
January 21, 2019

Campaign: February 18, 2019
FEC filing[14]
Other candidates
Sedinam Curry (cropped).png
Sedinam Moyowasifza-Curry
January 1, 1962
(age 58)
Los Angeles, California[16]
Green candidate for President in 2016
Flag of California.svg
Campaign: July 29, 2015
FEC filing[17]
Gray - replace this image male.svg
Dennis Lambert
March 1, 1974
(age 45)
Columbus, Ohio[19]
Documentary filmmaker
Green candidate for U.S. representative from OH-15 in 2016
Green nominee for U.S. representative from OH-06 in 2014
Flag of Ohio.svg
Campaign: May 10, 2019
FEC filing[20]
Kent Mesplay by Gage Skidmore.jpg
Kent Mesplay
July 19, 1962
(age 57)
Madang, Papua New Guinea[23]
Inspector at the Air Pollution Control District of San Diego County (2001–2015)
Green candidate for President in 2008, 2012 and 2016
Flag of California.svg
Campaign: December 14, 2019
Has not filed with the FEC
David Rolde (Green Party US).jpg
David Rolde
September 13, 1967
(age 52)
Activist Flag of Massachusetts.svg
Campaign: July 14, 2019
FEC filing[25]
Gray - replace this image male.svg
Chad Wilson
Activist Flag of Tennessee.svg
Campaign: June 8, 2019
[citation needed]
FEC filing[27]

Withdrawn candidates[edit]

Name Born Experience Home state Campaign Ref.
Ian Schlakman (cropped).jpg
Ian Schlakman
December 15, 1984
(age 35)
Suffolk County, New York
Former co-chair of the Maryland Green Party
Green nominee for Governor of Maryland in 2018
Green nominee for U.S. representative from MD-02 in 2014
Flag of Maryland.svg
Campaign: December 3, 2018
FEC filing[29]
Suspended: October 18, 2019

Declined to be candidates[edit]

The individuals in this section have been the subject of speculation about their possible candidacy, but have publicly denied interest in running.


Map of United States showing sites of all Green presidential debates in 2019-2020.
G1 St. Paul
St. Paul
G2 Salem
G3 Springfield
G4 Muncie
G5 Boise
G6 Fresno
Sites of the Green presidential debates

The Green Party's Presidential Campaign Support Committee (PCSC) hosted a presidential forum on July 26 during the party's 2019 Annual National Meeting. All other debates and forums have been organized by state Green Parties and caucuses.

Candidates have not needed official party recognition to participate in the debates held as of January 2020; only a letter of interest and candidate questionnaire was required. Official recognition is outlined in the party's bylaws and is used to distinguish serious candidates.[34]


No. Date Time (ET) Place Sponsor(s) Moderators Ref
1 July 19, 2019 5:00-7:00 p.m. Dayton's Bluff Rec. Center
Saint Paul, Minnesota
Green Party of Minnesota Danielle Swift, St. Paul City Council candidate [35]
2 July 26, 2019 6:30–8:30 p.m. Salem State University
Salem, Massachusetts
GPUS Presidential Campaign Support Committee Dr. Jill Stein
Margaret Kimberley, Journalist
3 August 11, 2019 9:15-11:00 a.m. Coyote's Adobe Cafe
Springfield, Missouri
Missouri Green Party Ron Burch, Master of Ceremonies [37]
4 September 20, 2019 6:00–8:00 p.m. Ball State University
Muncie, Indiana
GPUS Black Caucus Monica James, Master of Ceremonies [38]
5 October 19, 2019 3:30-5:00 p.m. Gem Center for the Arts
Boise, Idaho
Green Party of Idaho Jayson Prettyboy of Indigenous Idaho Alliance [39]
6 December 7, 2019 3:30-5:00 p.m Revue Coffee Bar
Fresno, California
Green Party of California Not Safe For Wonks Podcast [40]


Debates among candidates for the 2020 Green Party U.S. presidential nomination
Date State Host Participants
 P  Participant.  A  Absent.  O  Out of race (exploring, suspended, or not yet entered) Curry Hawkins Hunter Lambert Mesplay Rolde Schlakman Wilson
July 19, 2019[41] Minnesota Green Party of Minnesota P P P A O P P O
July 26, 2019[42] Massachusetts GPUS Presidential Campaign Support Committee P P P P O P P O
August 11, 2019[37] Missouri Missouri Green Party A P P P O P A O
September 20, 2019[38] Indiana GPUS Black Caucus A P P P O P P P
October 19, 2019[39] Idaho Green Party of Idaho P P P P O P P P
December 7, 2019 California Green Party of California P P P P O P O P


Active campaigns
Exploratory committee
Midterm elections
Green convention
Ian SchlakmanDario HunterHowie HawkinsSedinam Kinamo Christin Moyowasifza-Curry


  • December 14: Former Maryland Green Party co-chair Ian Schlakman became the first Green Party candidate filed with the FEC to announce their presidential bid for the 2020 election, the first presidential election he qualified for[30]


Primary and caucus calendar[edit]

The following primary and caucus dates have been scheduled by state statutes or state party decisions, but are subject to change pending legislation, state party delegate selection plans, or the decisions of state secretaries of state:[48]

  • March 3: California, Massachusetts, North Carolina
  • March 10: Missouri[49]
  • Cancelled: Maine[50]

Ballot access[edit]

Filing for the primaries began in October 2019.

Primaries and Caucuses
CA Mar 3 Moyowasifza-Curry-Yes Hawkins-Yes Hunter-Yes Lambert-Yes Mesplay-No Rolde-Yes Wilson-No Other-No [51]
MA Mar 3 Yes Yes Yes No Yes No No No [52]
NC Mar 3 Moyowasifza-Curry-No Hawkins-Yes Hunter-No Lambert-No Mesplay-No Rolde-No Wilson-No Other-No [53]
MO Mar 10 No Hawkins-Yes Hunter-Yes No No Rolde-Yes No No [49]


Howie Hawkins
Local officials
Dario Hunter
International politicians

Primary election polling[edit]

National polling[edit]

Poll source Sample size Date(s) Curry Hunter Schlakman Others
Third Party Watch[63] 501 Registered Green Voters March 10–14, 2019 8% 66% 26% N/A

Campaign finance[edit]

This is an overview of the money used by each campaign as it is reported to the Federal Election Commission (FEC) and released on October 15, 2019. Totals raised include loans from the candidate and transfers from other campaign committees.

  Withdrawn candidate
Candidate Campaign committee to date (as of September 30, 2019)
Raised Ind. contrib. % <$200 Debt Spent COH
Sedinam Curry filed statement of candidacy
Howie Hawkins[64] $59,096 $56,401 60.40% $1,347 $45,855 $13,241
Dario Hunter[65] $14,477 $6,097 4.92% $0 $10,986 $3,468
Dennis Lambert[66] $1,697 $570 100.00% $939 $576 $1,120
Kent Mesplay has not filed with FEC
David Rolde[67] filed statement of candidacy
Ian Schlakman[68] filed statement of candidacy

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