Green Screen Candidate Survey

If you are interested in running as a candidate on the Green Party ballot line or in receiving a Green Party endorsement, you can begin the process by completing this short survey to determine how you are aligned with our platform & 10 key values.

What office are you thinking of running for?


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  • answered 2016-09-17 10:33:26 -0500
    Q: What office are you thinking of running for?
    A: City Counsel of Euless
  • answered 2016-08-25 18:12:03 -0500
    Q: List your constituency's characteristics and three ways you will reach out to them.
    A: Low-income, and a high minority population. I will reach out to them by talking about immigration, economic justice, and respect for diversity.
  • answered 2016-08-25 18:10:17 -0500
    Q: In your race, please list the top five talking points that you would cover in a debate with your opponents. With each talking point, please show how the Green Party's ten key values or platform would provide a solution.
    A: Money in politics rigs the system against working class Americans.

    We must fix income inequality and student loan debt.

    College education and healthcare are a right.

    No one should work full-time and fail to make a living wage.

    These endless wars are making us less safe, not more.
  • answered 2016-08-25 18:08:18 -0500
    Q: Are you active with your county Green Party? Please list why if you are not. If you are active, please list your primary activities with your county party.
    A: No, I am just now moving to the area, but I am excited to join and be part of this fight!
  • answered 2016-08-25 18:07:40 -0500
    Q: Please list mailing addresses, phone numbers and other relevant contact information for your candidacy.
    A: hectoretrevino@gmail.com
  • answered 2016-08-25 18:06:34 -0500
    Q: Do you believe Greens have relevance in the USA? Please list why you believe/don't believe a third party possesses relevance in the US electoral system.
    A: This is something I wrote elsewhere, I’ll just copy and paste it here:

    “The smart way to keep people passive and obedient is to strictly limit the spectrum of acceptable opinion, but allow very lively debate within that spectrum….”

    There are two main things you accomplish by voting third party

    1) record your protest against the current crop of candidates

    2) signal your openness to the rise of a new party.

    But there is also something else that could happen: you could win.

    “We must believe in free will. We have no choice.”

    Trump/Hilary are merely symptoms of the problem. The real problem is that we all buy into the notion that there are only two choices. We are enablers. Our vote is supposed to hold politicians accountable. Yet year after year people vote for the status quo. No little snowflake ever thinks itself responsible for the avalanche.

    Look at the track record that fear based voting has had for the past 16 years; Of voting for the lesser evil instead of the greater good. The establishment wants to keep putting band-aids on. I’m saying we need to cut this leg off or there is no hope of survival.

    Obama has been worse than Bush on an impressive number of important issues. And we know that Hilary Clinton would be even more monstrous still. I’ve got binders full of examples, but here are just a few:

    medical marijuana raids

    deportations

    drone strikes

    prison industrial complex

    whistleblower prosecutions

    massive bailouts for wall street

    expanding wars for oil

    attacks on civil liberties (such as the NDAA)

    Being pro-corporate/bank/establishment in general

    Know what you are voting for, my dear snowflake, not just what you’re voting against.

    “That is not only not right, it is not even wrong”

    Should you vote third party? The only right answer is “if you want.” Anyone who tells you otherwise does not understand or deserve democracy.

    “I’m electable if you vote for me.”

    Don’t get me wrong, IF you’re a rich man who thinks, “screw poor people, women, minorities and anyone who stands in the way of the corporate oligarchy” then it makes perfect sense for you to vote for Trump or Hilary. The problem is that if everyone who does not fit into that description actually voted for what they believed in, then maybe we could make America great again.
  • answered 2016-08-25 18:01:27 -0500
    Q: What is your experience with the consensus decision-making process?
    A: I believe it’s a structured, rational way to make decisions that promotes a feeling of fairness and justice consistent with Green Party values.
  • answered 2016-08-25 17:58:49 -0500
    Q: Do you disagree with anything in the GPTX platform? If so, please explain why you disagree.
    A: I am new to this movement, and I have no objection to anything that I have read so far, but if I do come across anything I disagree with I will not be shy about voicing my concerns.
  • answered 2016-08-25 17:55:44 -0500
    Q: Of the Green Party's ten key values, please list the three you feel are the most important and what relevance they offer to Texas voters.
    A: Social and economic justice are the values that are most important to me. As a recent graduate with over half a million dollars in student loan debt, I feel the pain that the other 40+million Americans are feeling. Having grown up in the Rio Grande Valley, a very economically disadvantaged area, I have seen first hand the injustice of people working two or three jobs and still failing to make a living wage. I believe it will be impossible to get people to care about other monumentally important issues like climate change until they are no longer worried about putting food on the table.
  • answered 2016-08-25 17:48:13 -0500
    Q: What office are you thinking of running for?
    A: House rep, then senator, then governor.
  • answered 2016-07-25 13:50:08 -0500
    Q: Of the Green Party's ten key values, please list the three you feel are the most important and what relevance they offer to Texas voters.
    A: Numbers 1, 8, & 10.


    1. Grassroots Democracy
    Every human being deserves a say in the decisions that affect his or her life and should not be subject to the will of another. Therefore, we will work to increase public participation at every level of government and to ensure that our public representatives are fully accountable to the people who elect them. We will also work to create new types of political organizations which expand the process of participatory democracy by directly including citizens in the decisionmaking process.

    If our nation is to continue offering the world an example of which to aspire, we must be a proctive democracy. The People must be informed and educated about the issues facing our country as well as be provided opportunities and outlets in which to offer solutions or productive conversations in order to address the problems facing our country.

    8. Respect for Diversity
    We believe it is important to value cultural, ethnic, racial, sexual, religious and spiritual diversity, and to promote the development of respectful relationships across these lines. We believe that the many diverse elements of society should be reflected in our organizations and decision-making bodies, and we support the leadership of people who have been traditionally closed out of leadership roles. We acknowledge and encourage respect for other life forms than our own and the preservation of biodiversity.

    it is through the diverse populations that make up our country by which we gain our strengths. I am a firm believer in “E Pluribus Unum” and strongly feel that we need to live up to that motto. It is our differences that make us strong.

    10. Future Focus And Sustainability
    Our actions and policies should be motivated by long-term goals. We seek to protect valuable natural resources, safely disposing of or “unmaking” all waste we create, while developing a sustainable economics that does not depend on continual expansion for survival. We must counterbalance the drive for short-term profits by assuring that economic development, new technologies, and fiscal policies are responsible to future generations who will inherit the results of our actions. Make the quality of life, rather than open-ended economic growth, the focus of future thinking.

    Your description of this value very much covers my position on science-based decisions regarding sustainability and the environment. We cannot keep “blowing up the Gulf of Mexico” in order to feed our energy needs.
  • answered 2016-07-25 13:38:20 -0500
    Q: What office are you thinking of running for?
    A: U.S. House of Representatives – District 12
  • answered 2016-07-23 22:01:24 -0500
    Q: Please provide a profile with background information that is not addressed by the above questions. Feel free to list alma mater, employment, family, hobbies, etc.
    A: alma mater: University of Houston Law Center
  • answered 2016-07-23 21:57:21 -0500
    Q: How do you plan to raise money for your campaign? How much money do you plan to fundraise? Please include a copy of your prospective budget(s).
    A: I do not pan or raise money.
  • answered 2016-07-23 21:56:52 -0500
    Q: List your opponents, their strengths and weaknesses and what is needed to win against them.
    A: Republican Kenny Marchant — strength is that he is the Republican incumbent
    Democrat is Jan McDowell — strength is that she is a Democrat
    Libertarian is Mike Kolls — perhaps there is a strength somewhere
    To win this race, I would need exposure and greater acceptance of Green Party ideas in the community.
  • answered 2016-07-23 21:26:10 -0500
    Q: List your constituency's characteristics and three ways you will reach out to them.
    A: The 24th District is suburban, relatively well off, mostly white. This district is woud be classified in the top half of the demographic. I will propose public transportation, alternative energy, and organic agriculture. I will also advocate for Jill Stein’s Green New Deal.
  • answered 2016-07-23 21:21:37 -0500
    Q: Are you active with your county Green Party? Please list why if you are not. If you are active, please list your primary activities with your county party.
    A: Dallas County Green Party Co-Chair
  • answered 2016-07-23 21:21:15 -0500
    Q: Please list mailing addresses, phone numbers and other relevant contact information for your candidacy.
    A: 3209 San Sebastian; Carrollton TX 75006 430-558-9714 kev43212@fastmail.fm
  • answered 2016-07-23 21:19:58 -0500
    Q: Do you believe Greens have relevance in the USA? Please list why you believe/don't believe a third party possesses relevance in the US electoral system.
    A: Obviously the Green Party is relevant in the USA. The corporate parties have been extremely dominant, but they represent only the elites. Especially in 2016, we see the establishment experiencing more and more difficulties because their wasteful and exploitative policies have harmed the environment and the public. The Green Party offers a needed alternative which puts people and environment over profits — life is more important than money.
  • answered 2016-07-23 21:11:57 -0500
    Q: What is your experience with the consensus decision-making process?
    A: I have been the co-chair of the Dallas County Green Party and have participated in consensus decision making.
  • answered 2016-07-23 21:10:46 -0500
    Q: Do you disagree with anything in the GPTX platform? If so, please explain why you disagree.
    A: No.
  • answered 2016-07-23 21:10:25 -0500
    Q: Of the Green Party's ten key values, please list the three you feel are the most important and what relevance they offer to Texas voters.
    A: 1. Ecological Wisdom. Texas is suffering from serious environmental degradation right now and will suffer a great deal more from climate change. We need to adapt and change from exploiting the environment to restoring the environment.
    2. Social Justice. Texans do not fit the media stereotypes. Texas has poor schools, poor healthcare, poor public transportation, and poor social services. The establishment parties are concerned only with the wealthy elites, but the Green Party is committed to helping all people improve their lives and society.
    3. Democracy: We simply do not have a real democracy in Texas. This is because the corporations have appropriated nearly all resources and have worked to limit the voters’ influence by restricting voting, restricting candidates, If democracy were restored, the government would do a better job for the public.
  • answered 2016-07-23 20:46:35 -0500
    Q: What office are you thinking of running for?
    A: U.S. Representative, 24th Congressional District
  • answered 2016-06-21 11:14:52 -0500
    Q: Are you active with your county Green Party? Please list why if you are not. If you are active, please list your primary activities with your county party.
    A: I am not active as I have just recently ‘defected’ from the democratic party to join the Green Party. However, I have signed up to volunteer and am willing to do anything and everything I can to get active and spread the word.
  • answered 2016-06-21 11:13:13 -0500
    Q: Please list mailing addresses, phone numbers and other relevant contact information for your candidacy.
    A: 1516 Verde. Odessa, TX, 79761. I live in Lubbock, however, I am currently moving and using the aforementioned address until my new mailbox is established
    Cell: 432-889-5779
    Email: william.ritter@ttu.edu
  • answered 2016-06-21 11:11:22 -0500
    Q: Do you believe Greens have relevance in the USA? Please list why you believe/don't believe a third party possesses relevance in the US electoral system.
    A: Greens have absolute relevance in the USA. I was, and still am, a ‘die hard’ Bernie Sanders supporter. However, unlike many of Bernie’s supporters, I can see the writing on the wall. Revolution will not happen within the democratic party. I deeply wish that Bernie’s supporters would refocus their efforts on supporting the Green Party and Dr. Jill Stein – who I also admire and look up to greatly. The time to abandon our rigged two-party system is long over due. The electoral college must also be scrapped. Nader was not a ‘spoiler’, democrats have preached this message to suppress advocacy for third parties. I am here because I believe in the Green Party’s message and believe there is much work to be done in order to overcome unjust ballot access laws.
  • answered 2016-06-21 11:04:38 -0500
    Q: What is your experience with the consensus decision-making process?
    A: I have little experience in the consensus decision making process. However, as a devoted student of psychology I am capable of understanding what makes individual team members tick and how to operate effectively within teams and social groups. My talents for team work and cooperation were also molded in me during my career as a Division 1 athlete (football). Furthermore, I do have experience in working with children with special needs and collaborating with their parents and teachers in order to ensure that their child has received the proper care and education that they were entitled to.
  • answered 2016-06-21 10:57:44 -0500
    Q: Do you disagree with anything in the GPTX platform? If so, please explain why you disagree.
    A: While I am an advocate for decentralization, I am also a proponent for a competent and adequate federal government. Karl Marx believed in this value of decentralization, however, I do not always trust local governments (especially in rural West Texas) to do the right thing when it comes to ensuring economic and social justice. That being said, my political beliefs are in a current state of realignment as my generation has been completely ignored by the democratic party, a party which I foolishly pledged my allegiance to for so long.
  • answered 2016-06-21 10:49:44 -0500
    Q: Of the Green Party's ten key values, please list the three you feel are the most important and what relevance they offer to Texas voters.
    A: I am a staunch proponent of social justice, grassroots democracy, and the respect for diversity.
    Social justice is the most relevant to Texans, and Americans at large. I wish to join the fight in reforming our education system. For social justice may only be achieved once students of all races, creeds, and sexual orientations can receive a free, equal, and appropriate education within the lease restrictive environment. My ideas for education reform may be considered ‘radical’, however, as a student of educational psychology and future doctor of school psychology, I realize that drastic changes are needed to reform education system. Economic and social justice may only be ensured through progressive reforms to our education system. I deeply believe that education is the root of all social cures – especially the environment.
    The respect for diversity is a must in the school building and larger ecology. I am currently planning my dissertation on the discrimination faced by students who are LGBTQ. I will not relent until students in the LGBTQ community can attend school in a safe and loving environment – especially in West Texas. This will be life’s work. Lastly, to achieve social justice and the respect for diversity, our efforts must be driven through grassroots democracy. The Green Party is a largely unrecognized entity in Lubbock, TX – the buckle of the evangelical Bible belt. I will pound the pavement, organize events, and reach out to parents in order to disseminate my ideas for education reform at the state and local level (i.e., decentralization). The voters must feel autonomous, competent, and related to in order to cultivate their attention and support. My skills for oration, writing, and connecting to people may lend themselves greatly to growing the Green party in a region blotted by Red.
  • answered 2016-06-21 10:23:42 -0500
    Q: What office are you thinking of running for?
    A: I know the window is closed for 2016. However, I am looking beyond and ahead to 2020 to run for local office in Lubbock, or Odessa/Midland, Texas. I wish to run for a local school board position.