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Green Party of California

California Delegates to Play 'Key' Role
at Green Party National Convention This
Week; Presidential Nominee Still Mystery

For immediate release: June 24, 2004

Beth Moore Haines, GPCA Spokesperson, 530-277-0610,
Sara Amir, GPCA Spokesperson, 310-270-7106,
Tom Bolema (onsite at the convention), 661-674-8158

MILWAUKEE - Delegates from the Green Party of California began arriving here today, and are expected to play a key ? and possibly dominant role ? at the Green National Convention this week, where the party is expected to choose a Green Presidential nominee or endorse the independent run of Ralph Nader.

Many see California's delegation as key to whatever happens at the convention. The state's 132 delegates ? far more than any other state (the next closest state has only 40) ? are nearly a third of the 418 delegates needed for nomination or to endorse.

The California connection is even deeper than the monster delegate count.

The leading Green Presidential candidate is Northern California resident David Cobb, who leads all candidates with 158 of 835 possible Green delegates.

And, former California gubernatorial and recall candidate Peter Camejo, who lives in a Sacramento suburb, has the second-highest delegate count and goes to Milwaukee with the vast majority of the California delegates allotted to him.

Camejo has was also chosen earlier this week as the vice-presidential pick of Nader. Camejo has said he will urge state delegates to endorse, but not nominate, Nader and Cobb at the convention and then let each state decide who to run.

"Just four years ago, we were a collection of state parties with no national party. This convention will be a first because it will be a truly contested presidential race. And, we will endeavor to make it an example of the democratic principles upon which this party was founded," said Jim Stauffer, a state delegate from San Jose.


The Green Party of California
P.O. Box 2828, Sacramento, CA 95812
Phone: (916) 448-3437