Please make sure your county is registered to host conventions by notifying GPTX of your March 13th location by February 28th. Instructions and forms for the conventions are available here. Once we receive the address for your convention, GPTX will provide ballots.
Even if you can't help host conventions, you can collect petition signatures starting March 14th. And even if you can't collect signatures, please be sure you save your primary vote and sign the GPTX petition for ballot access.
You should know that Texas has some of the toughest ballot access laws in the country, and minor parties like GPTX are considered "convention nominating" parties. We are not included in primary elections, and must hold conventions one week later with voters that did not participate in a primary. That is why we must enlist volunteers in every county to host conventions and gather petition signatures in order to regain ballot access in 2018.
GPTX has adopted a dual strategy in 2018. We are attempting a statewide ballot access campaign with a limited slate of candidates, and GPTX SEC has previously advised individuals interested in non-statewide office to file as independent candidates. Regardless of the outcome of the 2018 ballot access campaign, Greens will continue to support progressive candidates and build the party in Texas.
Because the Green Party does not accept money from businesses or PACs, we rely on individuals to help fund events such as this year's primary conventions. You can help build our party with even a $5 donation today!
This Saturday morning, many Houston area Greens will join the Houston Women’s March to say #TimesUp to abuse of authority and corruption.
Last year, I felt hope when I walked with the Houston Women’s March, seeing kindred spirits calling for Human Rights for All, Single-payer Healthcare, Peace, Social & Economic Justice, and a sane approach to facing Climate Transition.
I am awed and proud to see the strength of women, who carry the burdens of bearing our families & press on for the sake of our children. Women hold the power to shape the next generation. We must embrace that power to change the world.
We must push back against creeping authoritarianism and justifications for violent abuse of authority. We must nurture compassion, mercy, and wisdom to find a way forward for our communities.
Our market economy has commoditized all necessities of life. We must create a participatory, rather than a predatory, economic system, so that all citizens may live with basic dignity.
It is for these reasons that I volunteer attempting to build GPTX, despite outrageous barriers to ballot access and electoral participation, in order to advocate for Green issues and push them into the mainstream political consciousness. I invite you to support GPTX in its 2018 drive for ballot access, and into the future as an alternative party for political progressives.
People, Peace, & Planet over Profit!
Co-chair GPTX SEC
The following individuals have filed an application with GPTX to participate in the 2018 nominating convention process and party ballot access drive:
Governor - Jan Richards
Attorney General - Jamar Osborne*
*It has come to the attention of GPTX SEC that Mr. Osborne has also filed with the Libertarian Party & his application is under review.
Railroad Commissioner - George Reiter
Congressional District 29 - James Partsch-Galvan
The appearance of these candidates on the general election ballot will be contingent on GPTX successfully meeting Texas ballot access requirements. For more information on helping the ballot access effort, click here & of course donate!
GPTX seeks candidates for statewide office to participate in the 2018 ballot access drive and elections. GPTX SEC recommends candidates for district and local offices file as independents in order to not be hindered by the higher petition signature requirements needed for party ballot access.
GPTX recently held a training workshop for prospective candidates & volunteers interested in 2018 general election ballot access. Resources & information from that workshop include: