Mountain Party

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Mountain Party
Secretary Susan Cleaver
Chair Jesse Johnson
Vice Chair Travis Boothe
Ideology Green politics
Social democracy
Political position Centre-left
National affiliation Green Party of the United States
Colors Green
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Executive offices
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The Mountain Party is a state-level political party in West Virginia.[1] They are the affiliate of the United States Green Party in West Virginia.[2] The party is headed by Jesse Johnson, State Chairman.

It is a progressive and environmentalist party that calls for an end to mountaintop removal coal mining. It also calls for timber regulation that reduces flooding, erosion and eliminates clear-cutting and destruction of old-growth forests. Other platform planks include an end to corporate welfare, and the establishment of small community schools, universal health care and campaign finance reform.


The party, similar in its outlook to the liberal wing of the Democratic Party, was created partially in response to the perceived conservative tilt of the state's Democratic Party.


Under West Virginia ballot access laws, a party gains automatic ballot access for the subsequent election cycle by gaining one percent of the votes for Governor. Having obtained access by petition in 2000, the party achieved that one percent in that election and again in 2004 and won over 4% of votes in 2008.

The Mountain Party was born as a direct result of the Denise Giardina for Governor campaign in the year 2000 general election.[3]

Gubernatorial candidate Jesse Johnson unsuccessfully sued to be included in debates between the major candidates in 2004 and again in 2008.

While the Mountain Party has never elected anyone to any statewide office, it has obtained good results in local elections. In 2004 Richwood elected party member and local poet Bob Henry Baber as its mayor, although this was in a non-partisan election.

As of October 2012, 1,345 West Virginians had registered as Mountain Party voters and were eligible to vote in party primaries, this accounted for .10% of party voter registration in West Virginia.[4]

In 2016, the party ran former state legislator Charlotte Pritt for Governor of West Virginia.[5] This led to growth for the party.[6] She received 5.9% of the vote, the highest ever for a Mountain Party gubernatorial candidate.

Michael Sharley also ran for West Virginia Attorney General in 2016. He was the first Mountain Party candidate for Attorney General. He practices law in Morgantown WV and has cerebral palsy.


  1. ^ "Recognized Political Parties in WV". West Virginia Secretary of State. Retrieved 15 February 2017. 
  2. ^ Winger, Richard (July 10, 2007). "Mountain Party to Affiliate with Green Party". Ballot Access News. Retrieved February 15, 2017. 
  3. ^ Case, David (September 13, 2000). "West Virginia's Mountain (Party) Mama". Mother Jones. Archived from the original on February 15, 2017. Retrieved 15 February 2017. 
  4. ^ "West Virginia Voter Registration" (PDF). West Virginia Secretary of State. October 1, 2012. Retrieved 15 February 2017. 
  5. ^ BOARD, GLYNIS (November 2, 2016). "Charlotte Pritt: The Mountain Party’s Maverick". WV Public Broadcasting. Retrieved 15 February 2017. 
  6. ^ Wiederspiel, Alex (July 17, 2016). "Following Charlotte Pritt nomination for Governor, Mountain Party leaders see huge growth potential". Metro News. Retrieved 15 February 2017. 

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