McKinney, Brown & Nader on CA GP Ballot

Former Democratic congressperson Cynthia McKinney joins Ralph Nader and 5 others on Green Party presidential ballot in California

Former Democratic Party congressperson Cynthia McKinney and longtime consumer advocate and presidential candidate Ralph Nader are among seven names on the California Green Party presidential ballot for the Feb. 5 Primary, according to the Green Party of California in a statement released today.

In addition to McKinney (, a former member of Congress from Georgia who has re-registered in the Green Party, and Nader (, the 1996 and 2000 Green Party nominee, others whose name will appear on the ballot include:

  • Jared Ball (, a college professor and freelance journalist from the District of Columbia;
  • Elaine Brown (, a former Black Panther Party leader, noted author and community and prison justice activist from Georgia;
  • Jesse Johnson (, a filmmaker and 2006 Senate candidate and 2004 gubernatorial candidate for the Mountain Party from West Virginia;
  •  Kent Mesplay (, a biomedical engineer who sought the Green Party presidential nomination in 2004;
  • Kat Swift (, the Texas State Party Co-chair, progressive activist and newspaper credit manager.

“This promises to be the most competitive presidential primary on record for the Green Party of California. And it comes at a time in our state and nation’s history when voters need a real choice at the polls, and an opportunity to elect a President who will make a real difference in truly ending the war in Iraq now, protecting our planet now and providing universal, single-payer health care for all now,” said Susan King, GPCA spokesperson.

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