Nader to Be on Green Party’s Primary Ballot
Consumer advocate Ralph Nader says that he will appear as a Green Party presidential candidate in California’s March 26 primary, although he said he will not actually campaign.
“I will not seek nor accept any campaign contributions--but I welcome civic energy to build democracy so as to strengthen and make more usable our democratic processes for a just, productive and substantial society,” he said Tuesday.
Nader, who is not on the ballot in other states, was urged to run as the Green Party’s candidate by state party leaders and members, as well as other activists.
Robert Fellmeth, a University of San Diego law professor who said he is advising Nader, noted that the consumer activist is an independent and has not formally joined the Green Party. Nader has not decided whether he will appear on the November, 1996, general election ballot, Fellmeth said.
The Green Party cites “ecological wisdom,” social justice and nonviolence among its key values. Organizers said Nader’s appearance on the ballot is part of a “people’s campaign” to challenge the traditional party system.
Earlier, Secretary of State Bill Jones selected 15 “generally recognized” presidential candidates for places on California’s primary ballot. Jones did not name any Green Party candidates, but he can add names until Jan. 27.