FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
(Syracuse, NY – May 16, 2020) – Howie Hawkins and Angela Walker, who are seeking the Green Party nomination for President and Vice President, won 17 of the 21 delegates at Saturday’s Green Party nominating convention in New York. The voting was conducted by a mail in primary.
The Hawkins/Walker victory in New York, the 17th out of 18th held so far, gives the ticket an overwhelming lead in the delegate count. Hawkins/Walker now has 128.5 – 64% – of the 202 delegates need needed for a first ballot victory, with 30 states remaining to vote. The Green Party virtual national nominating convention is was scheduled to be held July 11.
“In my 2010 race for Governor, I called for a Green New Deal to respond to the climate crisis, providing economic justice for all while ensuring a rapid transition to a carbon-free future based on clean, renewable energy. Across the planet, governments are seeing a Green New Deal and its economic stimulus as the best way to respond to the economic downturn from the COVID-19 crisis. The United States remains a principal exception,” said Hawkins, a retired Teamster from Syracuse. (see “Hawkins/Walker calls on Congress to enact the Green New Deal in response to Covid-19“).
“Americans are living a failed state, with an incompetent Trump killing tens of thousands of Americans with his mishandling of the COVID-19 crisis as he focuses on enriching himself, his families and his cronies. The Democrats’ response to Trump’s outrageous actions have been grossly inadequate, paying for more attention to their campaign contributors than dealing with the climate crisis, COVID-19 and the economic challenges facing average Americans,” added Hawkins.
Hawkins has three times obtained official party status for the Green Party in New York by his runs for Governor. The Green Party is planning to go to court to challenge Governor Cuomo’s new ballot access laws designed to eliminate third parties in New York.