Notice is given of, and Greens from across Georgia are urged to gather for, the 2022 Nominating Convention of the Georgia Green Party. We will convene on Saturday, February 19th, at 10am, with plans to adjourn at 4pm that afternoon. Greens from unorganized counties are urged to gather at 9:30 am to caucus to name their delegates to the state convention. This virtual event will be hosted on an online conferencing platform and pre-registration is required.
This meeting will consider nominations for partisan offices and endorsements for non-partisan offices, as well as proposed amendments to the state party platform.
While this convention will focus on nominations for publicly elected offices and work on our Platform; it has recently become our practice to hold a subsequent Convention to provide an opportunity for internal elections for our state committee and our Delegation on National Green Party Affairs.
Our Party has traditionally held its nominating convention on the first Saturday of June in each election year. But the 2017 session adopted HB-268 ignoring case law finding that an early qualifying deadline for emerging political parties is unconstitutional in order to align for the convenience of the office of the Secretary of State, the qualifying period for candidates of a political body (like the Green Party, who nominate by convention and petition) with the qualifying period for candidates of the political parties (Republicans and Democrats which nominate by Primary). This calendar change has cost our party 130 days or more for its candidate recruitment efforts. The officers of the Georgia Green Party welcome queries from Georgia attorneys willing to help us litigate this and other issues related to ballot access for Green Party candidates in Georgia.
Already, 2018 and 2020 state party nominee for the U.S. Congress in Georgia’s 8th Congressional District, Jimmy Cooper, has announced his intention to again seek the nomination of the Georgia Party for 2020. We are in communication with a handful of other possible candidates considering a run for partisan office in this election cycle. Party officers remain eager to speak with you about opportunities to run in this and subsequent election cycles for public office in your community as well.