Mountain Party

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Mountain Party
ChairDenise Binion
Vice ChairFrank Young
SecretarySusan Cleaver
TreasurerChris Wolford
Membership (Nov. 2019)+2,321[1]
IdeologyGreen politics
Progressivism
Eco-socialism
Political positionCentre-left to Left-wing
National affiliationGreen Party of the United States
Colors         
Green, Brown
United States Senate delegation
0 / 2
United States House of Representatives delegation
0 / 3
Executive offices
0 / 6
West Virginia Senate
0 / 34
West Virginia House of Delegates
0 / 100
Eastern Panhandle
Conservation District
1 / 7
Southern
Conservation District
1 / 11
Website
www.mountainpartywv.net

The Mountain Party is a state-level political party in West Virginia.[2] It is the West Virginia affiliate of the Green Party of the United States.[3]

It is a progressive and environmentalist party whose party platform primarily focuses on "Grassroots Democracy", "Social Justice & Equal Opportunity", "Ecological Wisdom" and "Non-Violence".[4]

History[edit]

The Mountain Party was created largely in response to the conservative tilt of the West Virginia Democratic Party, and was thus born out of Denise Giardina's gubernatorial campaign in 2000.[5]

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

Prominent campaigns[edit]

In 2016, the party ran former state senator Charlotte Pritt for Governor of West Virginia.[6] This led to growth for the party.[7] She received nearly 6% of the vote, the highest ever for a Mountain Party gubernatorial candidate.

Michael Sharley ran for West Virginia Attorney General in 2016, the first Mountain Party candidate for Attorney General.[citation needed]

In 2018, House of Delegates candidate Elliot Pritt was endorsed by the Charleston Gazette. [8]

Currently elected officials[edit]

Conservation District Supervisors[9]

  • John W. Farrell, Southern Conservation District, (Summers County) term through May 2020
  • Daniel P. Lutz, Eastern Panhandle Conservation District, (Jefferson County) term through May 2020

Election results[edit]

State executive elections[edit]

Governor[edit]

Year Nominee Votes Percent
2000 Denise Giardina 10,416 1.61%
2004 Jesse Johnson 18,430 2.48%
2008 Jesse Johnson 31,486 4.46%
2011 Bob Henry Baber 6,083 2.02%
2012 Jesse Johnson 16,787 2.53%
2016 Charlotte Pritt 42,068 5.89%
2020 TBD TBA


Federal elections[edit]

President[edit]

Year Nominee Votes Percent
2000 Ralph Nader 10,680 1.65%
2004 David Cobb (write-in) 5 <0.01%
2008 Cynthia McKinney 2,355 0.33%
2012 Jill Stein 4,406 0.66%
2016 Jill Stein 8,075 1.13%
2020 TBD TBA

US Senate Class 1[edit]

Year Nominee Votes Percent
2000 none n/a n/a
2006 Jesse Johnson 8,565 1.9%
2010 Jesse Johnson 10,355 1.92%
2012 Bob Henry Baber 19,517 2.96%
2018 none n/a n/a
2024 TBD TBA

US Senate Class 2[edit]

Year Nominee Votes Percent
2002 none n/a n/a
2008 none n/a n/a
2014 Bob Henry Baber 5,504 1.21%
2020 TBD TBA

US House[edit]

Year Votes Percent
2004 3,218 0.45%
no candidates from 2006 to 2016
2018 6,227 1.09%
2020 TBA

References[edit]

  1. ^ https://sos.wv.gov/elections/Documents/VoterRegistrationTotals/2019/Nov2019.pdf
  2. ^ "Recognized Political Parties in WV". West Virginia Secretary of State. Retrieved 15 February 2017.
  3. ^ Winger, Richard (July 10, 2007). "Mountain Party to Affiliate with Green Party". Ballot Access News. Retrieved February 15, 2017.
  4. ^ "The MOUNTAIN PARTY PLATFORM - Mountain Party WV". Retrieved 4 August 2017.
  5. ^ Case, David (September 13, 2000). "West Virginia's Mountain (Party) Mama". Mother Jones. Archived from the original on December 1, 2010. Retrieved 15 February 2017.
  6. ^ BOARD, GLYNIS (November 2, 2016). "Charlotte Pritt: The Mountain Party's Maverick". WV Public Broadcasting. Retrieved 15 February 2017.
  7. ^ Wiederspiel, Alex (July 17, 2016). "Following Charlotte Pritt nomination for Governor, Mountain Party leaders see huge growth potential". Metro News. Retrieved 15 February 2017.
  8. ^ https://www.wvgazettemail.com/opinion/gazette_opinion/editorial/gazette-endorsement-for-wv-legislature-these-candidates-offer-promising-future/article_4f6e0637-6764-5fb8-97a6-82a59c1d0793.html
  9. ^ "Officeholders". mountainpartywv.net. Retrieved October 16, 2019.

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