Green Party of NJ Candidates


For 2020...

     Howie Hawkins is the original Green New Dealer, the first US candidate to campaign for a Green New Deal in 2010.

     He is also one of the original Greens in the United States, having participated in the first national meeting to organize a US Green Party in St. Paul, Minnesota in August 1984.

     Howie became active in “The Movement” for civil rights and against the war in Vietnam in the 1960s as a teenager in the San Francisco Bay Area. Repelled by the racism and warmongering he saw in both major parties, he asked, “Where is my party?”

 

     Angela Walker is an independent socialist who describes herself as “a Fred Hampton, Assata Shakur socialist.” She was born and raised in Milwaukee, Wisconsin to a working-class Black family. She learned early that though money was necessary to live in this society, it was less important than integrity, cooperation, and dignity. This upbringing shaped the activist and organizer she later became.

https://howiehawkins.us/

Howie Hawkins for President / Angela Walker for VP

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Madelyn Hoffman For US Senate

     Madelyn Hoffman is running for US Senate in 2020. She ran an amazing campaign in 2018 and earned 25,150 votes against Sen. Menendez! She has been actively campaigning since being endorsed by GPNJ at the end of 2019. Madelyn is one of the state’s leading voices for peace for nearly two decades. Madelyn is also a strong advocate for the environment, having worked with more than 200 New Jersey communities and local governments over nearly 20 years to protect against toxic chemical pollution of New Jersey’s air, water and soil.

      With a track record of environmental activism, social justice passions, and a willingness to speak truth to power Madelyn is what this country needs. Learn more about her campaign at www.hoffmanforsenate.com

     Craig Cayetano ran for Hawthorne Town Council Ward 3 in 2019 and regretfully due to the passing of Garret Sinning there will be a special election on November 3rd, 2020. Craig is still involved with the Hawthorne Environmental Commission & Green Team. He’s a member of the Passaic County SPCA, ANJEC and the Sierra Club. During the current Covid-19 crisis he’s stepped up with a fellow resident to launch Mutual Passaic County. They are assisting with meal deliveries, PPE drop offs, making calls and delivering groceries to seniors and those dramatically affected now.

https://www.cayetano4council.com/

 

Craig Cayetano – Hawthorne Town Council Ward 3 *Special Election*

Jessica Clayton for Brick Township Board of Education

     Jessica Clayton is a NJ certified teacher in both Preschool through 3rd grade and K-5. She graduated from Rutgers University & did graduate work at Montclair State University. She taught as a certified teacher in bilingual public preschool programs in both New Brunswick and Trenton for 6 years before opening up her state licensed home daycare here in Brick. She has worked with young children for over 15 years in various settings including as an assistant in a classroom for students with special needs, a camp counselor, a nanny, a para-professional, & a substitute. She is a founding member of a new non-profit, the Easter Region Associate of Forest and Nature Schools (ERAFANS) and am currently helping to organize an Outdoor Learning Retreat right here in Hopewell NJ. She has led professional development sessions teaching other educators about the value of outdoor play in nature.

From 2019...

Craig Cayetano – Hawthorne Town Council Ward 3

     Craig Cayetano say “I’m a lifelong Northern New Jersey resident, predominantly from Bergenfield, but have resided in Hawthorne for fifteen years now. I’m second generation Peruvian on my father’s side and Italian/German descent on my mother’s. Both my mother and grandmother were hardworking waitresses so living paycheck to paycheck was our way of life. I had been a busboy for them from time to time. Then, I was hired to be a veterinary technician at sixteen and was self-taught. Even back then I was a very good listener. I had varied interests growing up: baseball, basketball, soccer, wrestling, band, debate but mainly science and the environment were my focus. I helped to form our high school Environmental Club. I was it’s president as well. I studied Biology, Political Science and Philosophy while attending community college before being thrust into the full-time sales workforce. I still am constantly studying one topic or another almost daily and am always learning.

      I have always believed in and worked for fairness towards all political parties. Trying to always study all sides of the political spectrum and to develop a common sense or “real world” approach to issues. I have supported many Independent or Alternative candidates up and down the ballot in every election. After stepping away from politics, I re-engage during 2015 for the Sanders primary campaign and supported him until his concession. Since then, I have seen the control, influence and harm the two-party system has affected the electoral process. I respect those that still vote in every election but remain Independent or Unaffiliated. I understand why some have even decided not to vote. While volunteering on a few campaigns over the last few years I truly listen to their reasons and concerns. I honestly love conversing about the day-to-day issues that matter most to people. I strive to build the Green Party because it is focused on community, environment, labor and not beholden to any corporate interests or donors. I first started locally as a member, then Nationally as one of our state’s National Delegates and now as a State Co-Chair. I try to lead by example and have been a listener, activist, organizer and will be a strong advocate for the people here in Ward 3 and for all of Hawthorne.”

https://www.cayetano4council.com/

From 2018...

     Madelyn Hoffman has been one of the state’s leading voices for peace for nearly two decades.
Madelyn is also a strong advocate for the environment, having worked with more than 200 New Jersey communities and local governments over nearly 20 years to protect against toxic chemical pollution of New Jersey’s air, water and soil.

     With a track record of environmental activism, social justice passions, and a willingness to speak truth to power Madelyn is what this country needs. Learn more about her campaign at www.hoffmanforus.com

Madelyn Hoffman – US Senate

Diane Moxley – US Congress CD-7

     Diane Moxley is Running for Congress as a candidate for The Green Party of New Jersey.  She is also a mom, lawyer, activist, advocate for social justice and for human rights.

     Diane got her undergrad degree in political science and philosophy from Kean University with her young daughter in tow at the on-campus daycare center. As an undergrad and single parent. She knew what it felt like to literally pinch pennies and other coins dug out of seat cushions to buy  milk. Diane spent time on welfare lines. Then with some perseverance and a lot of loans, she graduated from CUNY Law with the specific purpose of serving those in need, those left behind without representation.

    We have watched as successive governments chipped away at the things our families need in favor of building an imperialist empire. The military budget for 2018 is over $700 billion and was agreed upon almost unanimously by the current Congress. That money is better spent on education, infrastructure, and education geared towards developing a more peaceful world.

http://www.moxleyforus.com/blog/about-diane/

     Johnnie Lattner is a dedicated public education advocate at the local, state and national level. He is the co-founder and Director of Community Relations for PULSE (Parents United for Local School Education) as well as a member of the coordinating committee for Journey for Justice, and a chairman of the #WeChoose campaign.

     Mr. Lattner had the opportunity to travel to cities across the United States in cities such as Chicago, New Orleans, and Washington, DC where he researched community schools, restorative justice, local school councils, effect of charter schools expansion, moratorium on privatization, local control, student organizing, progressive revenue and equity assessments.

     Commitment, Dedication, Experience, Putting the Community First, Not Just Words Action.

https://www.facebook.com/johnnie.lattner

Johnnie Lattner – Newark Board of Education

AMP – A Movement of the People

For Newark Council
Election Date: May 8, 2018

Three of the four candidates on this team are Green Party members.

Contact:

www.amovementofthepeople.com
AMP on Facebook
amvmtofthepeople@gmail.com


Victor Monterrosa, Jr.

Victor grew up in the South Ironbound and is a constant advocate for his neighbors there and across the City. He is an attorney at Covenant House NJ and represents homeless youth all across the state. Before becoming a people’s lawyer, Victor spent 10 years organizing low-income tenants and played a key role to keep public housing from being demolished. Most recently, he helped form and lead Homes for All, a coalition of Newarkers who forced the City of Newark to adopt a strong Rent Control Ordinance.


Anthony Diaz

Anthony grew up in a big blue and white house on the corner of Weequahic and Maple avenues in the South Ward. As a student at Science High School on Rector Street, he successfully student campaign to ensure better classroom conditions and lunch programs. Anthony is a leader in the Black Lives Matter Newark. He advocates for affordable homes and community back development at city council meetings. He is committed to amplifying and centering community voices over politics as usual.


 Hellane Freeman

Hellane has lived in the North Ward of Newark for over 40 years. She always been an advocate for her neighborhood and city. She worked as urban planner for 9 years across New Jersey and holds several Masters degrees from (Library Sciences to Public Administration). She is an active member and leader of the Homes for All Newark. She spoke and received the support of hundreds of Newarkers to get a strong Rent Control Ordinance in Newark.

     Zellie Thomas is a lifelong Paterson resident, an accomplished educator and activist who is committed to creating safe, thriving and sustainable communities. All residents, regardless of ethnicity, creed, sexuality, gender or zip code, deserve access to living wage jobs, affordable housing and quality education. It’s time for leaders that bring accountability, integrity, and more inclusiveness to local government.

Contact:

http://www.zellieforpaterson.com/index.html
Zellie on Facebook
Read “Paterson Activist for Black Lives Matter declares run for council seat.”

Zellie Thomas  – Paterson Council At Large

From 2017...

Seth Kaper-Dale for Governor

     Seth Kaper-Dale has been pastor of the Reformed Church of Highland Park (RCHP), with his wife Stephanie, for 15 years. He and Stephanie graduated from Princeton Theological Seminary in 2001 and immediately assumed the office of co-pastors. Since then, Seth has led RHCP to deeply engage in issues of community development and political action. Seth has spearheaded interfaith efforts to end solitary confinement, aid refugees and asylees in their resettlement efforts, shelter the homeless, connect residents to affordable housing, and provide services for mental health consumers. As a candidate for Governor of New Jersey, Seth’s “The Last Are First” platform highlights this lifelong effort to ensure that those who have been overlooked and marginalized are rightly returned to the forefront of our collective political consciousness.

     Seth joined congregants in creating Who Is My Neighbor Inc., which brought Highland Park a fair trade store, an after school program, and an affordable summer camp. Who Is My Neighbor Inc. has continued to grow and expand its programs for social change, widening the efforts to reach seniors and infants/caregivers.

     Seth created RCHP-Affordable Housing Corp. in 2006. In the past 10 years RCHP-AHC has created housing for women aging out of foster care, homeless Veterans, re-entering citizens, justice-involved youth, chronically homeless mentally ill adults, refugees and asylees. In total RCHP-AHC owns or operates 17 buildings that house 91 tenants in supportive housing.

     Since 2002 Seth has fought to keep families together who are facing the deportation of a parent. This has resulted in crafting legislation and finding sponsors to bring that legislation before the U.S. House of Representatives and the Senate as well as state resolutions of support.

     Seth is vice-chair of the National Religious Campaign Against Torture, and through that venue has supported efforts to end Solitary Confinement in NJ jails and prisons. Seth helped raise initial funding and support for Neighborcorps Reentry Services in Middlesex County; he is on the board of Churches Accomplishing Long Term Recovery and he helped start Church-Based Mental Health Services.

     Seth believes firmly in the value of grassroots movement-based outreach to advance the causes of social, economic, and environmental justice. By doing so, we can restore the vitality and prosperity of the State of New Jersey through a wellspring that rises, from the bottom up, to the benefit of the greater collective good.

     Troy Knight-Napper is a 31 year old father of two wonderful boys. A Bloomfield resident born in Newark, New Jersey and raised in East Orange, he has lived through the many trials that the middle class has endured. His main concern is paving the way to a better future for his children, as well as his fellow neighbors. His passion for breaking barriers makes him a progressive thinker.

     Troy feels that marginalized communities deserve better than the status quo. Families living on the current minimum wage without assistance are unable to achieve the “American Dream” and their pursuit of happiness. The outdated war on drugs has unjustly incarcerated minorities for non-violent charges. The police have now become a militarized operation. The lack of police accountability within the police force has become troubling.

     Troy believes the current policies held in New Jersey wrongly favor fossil fuels instead of renewable energy. Fossil fuels are not only harmful to the environment but also hurt the efficiency of our infrastructure, causing the loss of countless job opportunities. He will push legislation to advance renewable energy in New Jersey, making it a true pioneer and becoming an example for other states to emulate.

     Once in office, he will continue to fight for the equal rights of the LGBTQ community. He will stand for the equality of women’s rights within the workforce and women’s healthcare. Troy will advance the battle to improve marginalized communities and stop policies that lead to gentrification patterns that destroy neighborhoods and leave so many loyal hard-working residents behind. He is committed to being both a leader and a listener, so that the best interests of his constituents will get the voice they deserve in the state legislature.

Troy Knight-Napper for State Senate LD-28

Mico Lucide for General Assembly LD-2

     Mico Lucide  has been throughout his adult life,  a civic engagement advocate, an LGBTQ+ rights activist, and more recently, has been involved in various other human rights efforts through the Green Party. Passionately progressive, Mico was a co-coordinator and volunteer for Atlantic County for Bernie, the local chapter of Bernie Sanders’s campaign for the Democratic nomination in 2016. He joined the Green Party toward the end of 2016, and has taken part in various demonstrations and efforts supporting the people of Atlantic County.

     Mico’s platform focuses on reducing government waste, both economic and environmental, and putting the livelihood of all people as a priority in New Jersey’s government. A living wage, health care for all, and reforming New Jersey’s spending and taxation to reduce the burden on typical taxpayers are at the forefront of his campaign.

     “I feel like the government needs someone who comes from a background focused on fighting for people,” says Mico, “Someone focused on showing up at the rallies and marching with the picketers, someone focused on educating the people about their rights and how they can exercise those rights, someone focused on bringing the needs of the people to Trenton and not giving up until those needs are met. We don’t need more business people, we don’t need more lawyers. We need an Activist in the Assembly.”

     Mico grew up in Egg Harbor Township, attended Stockton University for his Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science, concentrating in pre-law studies, and currently lives in Mays Landing.

     Sean Stratton grew up in East Brunswick NJ, and has lived in Middlesex County his entire life. He attended Rutgers University where he graduated with a degree in Environmental Science in 2015. He currently works as an Environmental Consultant in New Jersey. A member of the American Industrial Hygienist Association, Stratton places an emphasis on safety not just in the workplace but also at home.

     A staunch proponent for environmental protection and how it directly effects the health of local residents Stratton’s most recent advocacy for the residents of his district has been investigating lead concentrations in drinking water due to aging infrastructure and widespread use of lead in plumbing, even in newer homes. Stratton is an advocate for clean water for all and will continue to fight to ensure that our water is suitable to drink.

     Stratton’s platform consists of four main points. Environmental Protection, rebuilding our failing infrastructure, expanding Medicare to all, and increasing the minimum wage to $15/hr.

Sean Stratton for General Assembly LD-18

Kenny Collins for General Assembly LD-24

     Kenny Collins, A decorated US Army veteran and passionate environmentalist, Kenny has been a champion for protecting our food and water. He has initiated, organized and participated in numerous campaigns to protect the Delaware River Basin and our drinking water.

     Endorsed by the NJ Sierra Club as a candidate for state assembly in 2015, Kenny’s constant engagement on behalf of our local environment and ecosystem spans over 10 years with the Delaware River Basin Commission and New Jersey Highlands Commission.

     Aaron Hyndman, A Public Relations & Communications Consultant by profession and an activist and advocate for environmental, economic, and social justice by passion, Aaron’s recent political involvement includes a successful stint as the Sussex-Warren Regional Co-Coordinator for the Bernie Sanders campaign, where he spearheaded the Newton-based efforts that swung Sussex and Warren counties for Sanders against the tide of a decisive Hillary Clinton victory in the New Jersey primary. Aaron also served as Warren County Field Director for the Peter Jacob for Congress campaign in New Jersey’s 7th Congressional District.

     Aaron did his undergraduate work at Princeton University and Rutgers University-New Brunswick, where he graduated summa cum laude. An alumnus of Rutgers University’s School of Communication & Information, he majored in communication, with areas of concentration in public policy, media studies, public relations, and critical theory.

     In the community, Aaron does advocacy work through his positions with the Warren County Mental Health Advisory Board, New Jersey Bike & Walk Coalition, and NAMI-NJ, among others. He’s also been involved in actions with 15 Now NJ, Coalition Against the Pilgrim Pipeline, North Jersey Indivisible, and many more. And perhaps most importantly, Aaron had the honor and privilege of mentoring and training young people across the area for over 12 years as a youth soccer coach and trainer.

Aaron Hyndman for General Assembly LD-24

Melissa Tomlinson for Atlantic County Freeholder At Large

     Melissa Tomlinson, an educator with 15 years experience, is currently a special education teacher in Buena. The mother of 2 young men, she has lived in Atlantic County for 24 years. Melissa has decided to enter the political arena after devoting all of her spare time to running a grassroots public education advocacy organization for 4 years. As a public education advocate, she recognizes the need to develop strong relationships within a community, to create spaces for those whose voice has been minimized, and the importance of placing the children, as the guardians of our future, first. To do this, she has built relationships in her work with national, state, and local organizations such as Network for Public Education, the Journey for Justice Alliance, Black Lives Matter AC, SURJ NJ, and South Jersey Women for Progressive Change.

     Barry Bendar has been an Information Technology Professional for 38 years, he currently is a Database Administrator for a large Health Care company working within New Jersey. Born in Passaic and raised in Monmouth County, Barry, his Wife and two Children (Twins) have been residents of Ocean County for 29 years.

     Having been active in Ocean County politics since 2003, he has seen firsthand that the relationship between the two major parties in New Jersey is not healthy for the average resident, and plans on making that abundantly clear as part of his campaign to be elected to the Ocean County Board of Chosen Freeholders.

     Having been an activist for the environment for years, Barry feels that this “unhealthy alliance” between the parties will end up destroying all those things that make Ocean County and New Jersey unique, all for the sake of short term monetary gain. He firmly believes that both his own county and the state need to turn their attention to “Green” manufacturing, which will help save what’s left of our environment while creating sustainable jobs. Political corruption is a pet peeve of his and when elected, he will work tirelessly to bring the rampant amount ongoing in Ocean County to light.

Barry Bendar for Ocean County Freeholder At Large

Henry Arthur Green, III for Mayor of Atlantic City

     Henry “Hank” Green was born and raised in Atlantic City, a 46 year old father of three daughters. Henry, a product of the welfare system, social services, and Section 8 housing, says that he has his “mother’s heart and soul” who despite living and raising children in these conditions never turned anyone in need away. Henry has fought to provide for the youth and people of Atlantic City throughout his adult life and continues to do so as he runs for Mayor of Atlantic City. Henry has a broad focus of policies including Youth Development, Reduced taxes, Local Economic Development, Fiscal Responsibility, AC First Employment, Addiction Rehabilitation assistance for residents, Local Entrepreneurship and fixing drainage issues.

     Jessica Clayton is a NJ certified teacher in both Preschool through 3rd grade and K-5. She graduated from Rutgers University & did graduate work at Montclair State University. She taught as a certified teacher in bilingual public preschool programs in both New Brunswick and Trenton for 6 years before opening up her state licensed home daycare here in Brick. She has worked with young children for over 15 years in various settings including as an assistant in a classroom for students with special needs, a camp counselor, a nanny, a para-professional, & a substitute. She is a founding member of a new non-profit, the Easter Region Associate of Forest and Nature Schools (ERAFANS) and am currently helping to organize an Outdoor Learning Retreat right here in Hopewell NJ. She has led professional development sessions teaching other educators about the value of outdoor play in nature.

     Earning well over 8000 votes and key endorsements through her broad-based grassroots campaign, Jessica finished with the number one vote total in her municipal race and was elected to a position on the Brick Township Board of Education this November 2017. CONGRATULATIONS, JESSICA!

Jessica Clayton for Brick Township Board of Education