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The Ecology Democracy Party is a deep ecological political party in the U.S. state of Minnesota. Founded in 2010 by Ken Pentel, the party advocates a "shift from a human-centered to an ecological view of the world."
Pentel was the Green Party of Minnesota candidate for Governor of Minnesota in 1998, 2002, and 2006. He has said his motivation for founding a new party was "the lack of discipline and low expectations among the movements and organizations I have worked with."
The purpose of the Ecology Democracy Party is to restore a sustainable relationship with the Earth through education and grassroots organizing. The party attempts to offer guidance for necessary structural changes in the economy, the way we vote, and who influences our government. It attempts to accomplish these structural changes through three mandates:
- The establishment of an ecology-based economy.
- The implementation of proportional representation in the Minnesota House of Representatives.
- The removal of private money and corporate interference from the people's government.
The party advocates ecology, campaign finance reform, proportional representation, ending corporate personhood, holism, public funding of elections and establishing a tax-refundable Minnesota currency with zero interest.
Ken Pentel ran for Governor of Minnesota in 2010 and received 6,180 votes, or 0.29%.
In 2012 the party endorsed write-in candidate Andrew Schuler for U.S. Senate and ran Anthony Hilton for the State House, district 59B. Hilton received 1,423 votes, or 8.05%. It also ran Danene Provencher for Mound City Council, who received 26% of the vote.
In 2015 Schuler was endorsed as a candidate for Golden Valley City Council. He received 8.32% of the vote.