The Green Party of New Jersey strives to run candidates at all levels of government in our state. See bellow our list of active candidates for upcoming elections.
Seth Kaper-Dale for Governor 2017
Seth is our gubernatorial candidate for the November 7, 2017 election. He is the pastor at the Reformed Church of Highland Park and a social justice activist. He believes that transformation happens when people come together. If you’re interested in volunteering with Seth’s campaign go to https://actionnetwork.org/forms/sign-up-for-info-on-seth-kaper-dale-for-governor . You can follow him on facebook at https://www.facebook.com/kaperdaleforgovernor/ and on Twitter at @KaperDaleForGov & @SKD4GOV to keep informed about the going ons of the campaign.
Troy Knight-Napper for State Senate LD 28
Troy Knight-Napper 31 year old father of two wonderful boys. 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 future for his children, as well as paving the future for his fellow neighbors. His passion for breaking barriers and building futures makes him a progressive thinker.
He feels that marginalized communities deserve higher quality treatment compared to what they have received in the past couple of decades. 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 The outdated war on drugs has incarcerated minorities for non violent charges. The police have now become a militarized force. The lack of police accountability within the police force has become staggering.
He believes the current policies held in New Jersey lean more towards fossil fuels instead of renewable energy. Fossil fuels are not only harmful to the environment but also towards infrastructure causing the loss of tens of thousands of job opportunities. He leans towards proposing and voting in more laws in the hopes of bringing renewable energy to New Jersey making it a Pioneer State. Which in return we become 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. He will continue to fight to improve marginalized communities. He will take into account what his fellow neighbors want by breaking barriers and building a future together.
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.
Jessica Clayton for Board of Education Brick Township
Jessica 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.
Kenny Collins for State Assembly LD-24
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 for State Assembly LD-24
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