Candidates 2018

 

U.S. Senate 

Neal Gale

Neal Gale

As a candidate with Green Party values, Neal Gale sets himself apart from both Senator Casey and Senator Toomey on many fronts including what he calls "the resource-driven wars of late," believing government resources can be used more wisely than on endless war.  

Since 1996 Neal has been managing a comprehensive, low-income energy affordability program throughout New Jersey. He is passionate about taking an active part in making the world a better place for everyone’s children, now and into the future.  His civic engagement includes serving on the Abington Township Energy Advisory Council, which helps him bring to his community the personal experience he has gained from his professional experience with energy conservation & efficiency.He lives with his wife and daughter in Abington, Montgomery County, and has been a resident of the state for 46 years.  WEBSITE 

 

Governor

Paul Glover

Paul Glover

A resident of Philadelphia, Glover is a long-time social entrepreneur who has founded 18 campaigns for ecology and justice.  He has authored six books on community power and previously taught urban studies at Temple University and ecological economics at Philadelphia University.  Central to Glover's campaign will be support for a statewide Medicare for All bill (HB 1688) and a ban on fracking, which he says "poisons the future."  In lieu of continued dependence on fossil fuels, he will advocate for the creation of a Green Labor Administration responsible for creating 500,000 jobs in PA, as detailed in his book Deep Green Jobs.  "As governor," he adds, "I will also support progressive taxation, alternatives to incarceration, funding equity for public education, regional organic agriculture, expanded rail systems, decriminalization of marijuana, bolder union organizing, and a state bank whose deposits serve Pennsylvania."  WEBSITE

 

Lieutenant Governor

Jocolyn Bowser-Bostick 

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Jocolyn was born in Philadelphia and attended public schools in North Philadelphia and Media. She took classes at Yale University and CCP before graduating with a Bachelor’s degree in biology from Temple University. After graduation she spent about 24 years working as a laboratory technician at a medical research facility & bio-repository. She has first-hand experience with being laid off after decades of employment and having difficulty securing full-time employment.  Jocolyn currently works part-time as a pharmacy technician, volunteers, gardens and teaches English as a second language to adult students.  She also serves as the Chair of the Green Party of Delaware County PA and as an at-large delegate to the state Steering Committee.  She and her husband became the parents of her late brother’s youngest son and eventually homeschooled him so he could get a better education than he was receiving in Chester’s public schools. He now has his Ph.D. in biology and is doing AIDS research.

 

State Senate - District 20

Jay Sweeney 

Jay Sweeney was born and raised in Philadelphia and studied at Temple University and the Philadelphia College of Art.  He worked in a union shop at the Philadelphia Bulletin and was a member of a workers collective which managed the C.A. Eatery on the University of Pennsylvania campus. In 1983, Jay moved to Wyoming County, where he runs his own woodfinishing & painting business.   An amateur musician, organic gardener and vegetarian cook, Jay first became involved with the Green Party during the Nader 2000 campaign and has been politically active ever since.  He served terms as both Treasurer and Chair of the Green Party of PA and ran for State Representative several times, earning over 17% of the vote in 2006.  In 2009 and 2015 Jay was elected Auditor in Falls Township, making him one of the 15 Greens holding elected office in PA.  Jay is running for State Senate with the support of many Wyoming County Democrats after their party failed to put forward a candidate to oppose Republican incumbent Lisa Baker.  

 

State Representative - District 23 

Jay Ting Walker 

The son of an immigrant single mother, Jay Ting Walker lives on the east side of Pittsburgh and is Jay_Ting_Walker.pngrunning to represent the residents of Greenfield, Oakland, Shadyside and Squirrel Hill.  By day he is an administrative assistant in an employment law office; his background is in public transit and environmental advocacy and he has a passion for robust civic engagement.  He was inspired to run for office after learning about gerrymandering from Fair Districts PA.  A DSA (Democratic Socialists of America) member, Jay regularly attends local public forums, comment sessions & hearings on environmental & transit topics and is involved with several climate groups.  Jay was elected Inspector of Elections in his voting precinct in 2017, making him one of 15 elected Green office-holders statewide.  He is an enthusiastic bicyclist and Ultimate frisbee player.  Despite the resemblance, he is not related to his fellow Allegheny Green Garret (below)!  WEBSITE

 

State Representative - District 45 

Garret Wassermann 

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A resident of Coraopolis on Pittsburgh's west side, Garret Wassermann has an M.S. in applied mathematics and currently works in computer software security. He became concerned about the security and reliability of voting machines after reading about Pennsylvania's use of non-verifiable electronic voting machines during the 2016 Pennsylvania recount. He is also interested in the mathematics of alternative voting methods such as ranked choice voting, which can be shown to be much more fair and representative of voters than our current use of plurality voting

Garret decided to enter the race to fight gerrymandering and other roadblocks to a more representative government that actually works for the people. He believes that a better, fairer, more secure electoral process representing all voters and viewpoints is required before we can have better community discussion on important issues like guaranteeing good-paying green jobs, clean water, affordable housing, an excellent education through college, and superior healthcare to everyone in Pennsylvania.  WEBSITE

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