Alyson Kennedy

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Alyson Kennedy
Socialist Workers Party candidate for
Vice President of the United States
Personal details
Born Indianapolis, Indiana, United States
Political party Socialist Workers Party

Alyson Kennedy is an American politician, a member of the Socialist Workers Party (SWP) and was the party's candidate for vice president in the 2008 United States presidential election. The ticket campaigned for young voters especially.[1] At the head of the ticket were two different candidates, Roger Calero and James Harris; Harris was an alternate in some states because Calero was Constitutionally ineligible because he is a lawful permanent resident of the United States (holding a green card), and not a US Citizen. They were the first pair to qualify for the ballot in Louisiana[2] Calero/Kennedy won 5,127 votes and Harris/Kennedy 2,424.[3]

Originally from Indianapolis, Kennedy joined the socialist movement in 1973 in Louisville, Kentucky. She has worked in coal mines in Alabama, Colorado, Utah, and West Virginia. In 1977 she ran as the SWP candidate for mayor of Cleveland, Ohio against incumbent Republican Ralph Perk, garnering 1,225 votes and losing by a wide margin to Dennis Kucinich.[4] She first joined the United Mine Workers of America (UMWA) in 1981, and was one of the leaders of a strike in Utah 2004,[5] also being involved in litigation.[6] In 2000, she ran for United States Senate as a certified write-in candidate in a race prompted by the death of candidate and former Governor of Missouri Mel Carnahan.[7] Kennedy is currently employed as a garment worker.


  1. ^ Julia Russell (October 24, 2008). "Airing 'Excluded' Third Party Views". The Diamondback. Retrieved January 18, 2010. 
  2. ^ Sarah chacko (August 12, 2008). "Socialist Workers Party runs presidential candidate in La.". The Advocate. 8A. Retrieved January 18, 2010. 
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  4. ^ "Cleveland Election Upsets Perk". Daytona Beach Morning Journal 53 (238). October 5, 1977. Retrieved January 18, 2010. 
  5. ^ Tiffany Erickson (July 3, 2004). "Miners plan to return to their jobs". Deseret News. Retrieved January 18, 2010. 
  6. ^ "INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF UNITED WORKERS UNION v. United Mine Workers of America, Dist. Court, D. Utah, Central Div. 2005". Retrieved 2010-01-18. 
  7. ^ Paul Sloca (November 4, 2000). "State election officials seek to clarify Carnahan". Southeast Missourian. 4A. Retrieved January 18, 2010. 

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Party political offices
Preceded by
Arrin Hawkins
Socialist Workers Party Vice Presidential candidate
Succeeded by
Maura DeLuca