Mountain Party

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Mountain Party
ChairDenise Binion
Vice ChairFrank Young
Membership (Oct. 2020)Increase 2,389[a][1]
IdeologyGreen politics
Progressivism
Eco-socialism
Political positionCentre-left to Left-wing
National affiliationGreen Party
Colors 
Green
United States Senate delegation
0 / 2
United States House of Representatives delegation
0 / 3
Executive offices
0 / 6
West Virginia Senate
0 / 34
West Virginia House of Delegates
0 / 100
Eastern Panhandle
Conservation District
1 / 7
Southern
Conservation District
1 / 12
Website
www.mountainpartywv.net

The Mountain Party is a political party in West Virginia, affiliated with the Green Party of the United States.[2][3]

It is a progressive and environmentalist party whose party platform primarily focuses on "Grassroots Democracy", "Social Justice & Equal Opportunity", "Ecological Wisdom" and "Non-Violence".[4]

History[edit]

The Mountain Party was created largely in response to the conservative tilt of the West Virginia Democratic Party, and was thus born out of Denise Giardina's gubernatorial campaign in 2000.[5]

Prominent campaigns[edit]

In 2016, the party ran former state senator Charlotte Pritt for Governor of West Virginia.[6] This led to growth for the party.[7] She received nearly 6% of the vote, the highest ever for a Mountain Party gubernatorial candidate.

Michael Sharley ran for West Virginia Attorney General in 2016, the first Mountain Party candidate for Attorney General.[citation needed]

In 2018, House of Delegates candidate Elliot Pritt was endorsed by the Charleston Gazette. [8]

Currently elected officials[edit]

Conservation District Supervisors

  • John W. Farrell, Southern Conservation District, (Summers County) term through June 2024[9]
  • Daniel P. "Danny" Lutz, Eastern Panhandle Conservation District, (Jefferson County) term through June 2024[9]

Election results[edit]

State elections[edit]

Governor[edit]

Year Nominee Votes Percent
2000 Denise Giardina 10,416 1.61%
2004 Jesse Johnson 18,430 2.48%
2008 31,486 4.46%
2011 Bob Henry Baber 6,083 2.02%
2012 Jesse Johnson 16,787 2.53%
2016 Charlotte Pritt 42,068 5.89%
2020 Daniel Lutz 11,296 1.47%

Legislature[edit]

West Virginia Senate West Virginia House of Delegates
Year Total Votes Total Percent Year Total Votes
2002 1,173 missing 2002 3,165
2004 2,048 missing 2004 no candidates
2006 no candidates 2006 365
2008 2,682 0.37% 2008 5,606
2010 3,628 0.74%[b] 2010 2,791
2012 no candidates 2012 5,994
2014 1,221 0.28% 2014 3,720
2016 1,404 0.20%[c] 2016 3,031
2018 no candidates 2018 3,365
2020 10,324 1.34% 2020 3,228

Federal elections[edit]

President[edit]

Year Nominee Votes Percent
2000 Ralph Nader 10,680 1.65%
2004 David Cobb (write-in) 5 <0.01%
2008 Cynthia McKinney 2,355 0.33%
2012 Jill Stein 4,406 0.66%
2016 8,075 1.13%
2020 Howie Hawkins 2,599 0.33%

Congress[edit]

US Senate US House
Year Votes Percent Total Votes Total Percent
2004 no election 3,218 0.45%
2006 8,565 1.9% no candidates
2008 no candidate
2010 10,355 1.92%
2012 19,517 2.96%
2014 5,504 1.21%
2016 no election
2018 no candidate 6,227 1.09%
2020 no candidates
2022 no election TBD TBD

References[edit]

  1. ^ https://sos.wv.gov/elections/Documents/VoterRegistrationTotals/2020/Oct2020.pdf
  2. ^ "Recognized Political Parties in WV". West Virginia Secretary of State. Retrieved 15 February 2017.
  3. ^ Winger, Richard (July 10, 2007). "Mountain Party to Affiliate with Green Party". Ballot Access News. Retrieved February 15, 2017.
  4. ^ "The MOUNTAIN PARTY PLATFORM - Mountain Party WV". Retrieved 4 August 2017.
  5. ^ Case, David (September 13, 2000). "West Virginia's Mountain (Party) Mama". Mother Jones. Archived from the original on December 1, 2010. Retrieved 15 February 2017.
  6. ^ BOARD, GLYNIS (November 2, 2016). "Charlotte Pritt: The Mountain Party's Maverick". WV Public Broadcasting. Retrieved 15 February 2017.
  7. ^ Wiederspiel, Alex (July 17, 2016). "Following Charlotte Pritt nomination for Governor, Mountain Party leaders see huge growth potential". Metro News. Retrieved 15 February 2017.
  8. ^ "Gazette endorsement: For WV Legislature, these candidates offer promising future". Charleston Gazette-Mail.
  9. ^ a b "Officeholders". mountainpartywv.net. Retrieved June 12, 2020.

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Figure does not include registered voters self-designated as "Green" who have not changed their registration to "Mountain"
  2. ^ Percentage calculated excluding vote total from additional unexpired election for District 10
  3. ^ Percentage calculated excluding vote total from additional unexpired election for District 3

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