Howie Hawkins Wins Maryland Green Party Presidential Primary

At its 2020 Assembly yesterday, the Maryland Green Party announced Howie Hawkins as the winner of its primary for the presidential nomination. With 68% of the vote, Hawkins has secured 5 of Maryland’s 8 delegates to the Green Party of the United States Presidential Nominating Convention to be held in July. Dario Hunter received 32% of the vote and 3 delegates. Party members will be assigned to cast Maryland's eight votes at the Green Party's national convention on July 11th. Five delegates will be pledged to vote for Hawkins in the first round of voting, three will be pledged to vote for Hunter.

"Americans face many threats in 2020 from the corporate domination of both major parties, and the crises of COVID-19 , economic collapse, and climate change,” said Maryland co-chair Tim Willard.  “We embrace Mr. Hawkins' call for an eco-socialist Green New Deal that combines an economic bill of rights with a rapid transition by 2030 to 100% renewable energy and a halt to new fossil fuel projects"

Also elected were Party Co-chairs Tim Willard and Virginia Rodino, Treasurer Brian Bittner, Recording Secretary Reanud Brown, Delegates to the Green Party US National Committee Andy Ellis, Margaret Flowers, and Kevin Zeese and Alternate Delegates to the Green Party US National Committee Tim Willard and George Gluck. A single alternate delegate position remains vacant and shall be filled by coordinating committee appointment.

The Maryland Green Party Assembly was held virtually for the first time today and it’s presidential primary and election of officers conducted predominantly by mail over the past several weeks. Assembly speakers included Ajamu Baraka, the National Organizer and National Spokesperson for Black Alliance for Peace and Green Party nominee for Vice President in 2016, Kali Akuno, co-founder and co-director of Cooperation Jackson which advocates for sustainable community development, economic democracy, and community ownership, and Marsha Coleman-Adebayo, author, scholar, whistleblower, and civil rights leader.

“I’m excited for the future of the Maryland Green Party” says outgoing co-chair Andy Ellis. “Our new party officers and national delegates have the experience and wisdom to lead Maryland’s 10,000 Greens through this critical election cycle. I’m sure with new officers at the helm, the Maryland Green Party will return to the ballot in November and present voters a vision of a future worth fighting for”

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