Citizen Activist Joins Race to Fill Flint Area Vacancy, Offers Principled Alternative to Political Musical Chairs
The Green Party of Michigan (GPMI) has nominated Bobby Jones
to be the Green candidate on the ballot for the May 7 special
election for 27th District State Senator.
The vacancy in the Flint area seat arose after incumbent John
Gleason was elected Genesee County Clerk and Register of Deeds
Jones has long been an active member of Flint Area Greens, and
was a strong supporter of last year's special-election campaign
by fellow Green Cary Justice in the 51st State House District.
He is very concerned about school bullying, and has served on
both the Flint Task Force on Hate Crimes and the Genesee County
Safe Schools Coalition. He is also active in the area chapter
He has been a member of the Flint Eagles Lodge, and is a retired
member of UAW Local 599.
GPMI decided to nominate Jones on the March 12 special primary
date. The special Green online caucus was held after the party
protested about the lack of notice given alternative parties for
the initial election timeline. This led to a revised schedule
with a narrow but possible window for caucusing.
GPMI Elections Co-ordinator John Anthony La Pietra, who raised
the protest with the state, notes that -- if Democrat Jim Ananich
is elected to replace Gleason -- Ananich will have to vacate the
49th District State House seat he currently holds.
"Flint area voters will once again lack full representation in
state government, and will have to pay for the privilege of yet
another special election to minimize the vacancy," says La Pietra.
"Bobby Jones offers the voters of the 27th State Senate District
a principled alternative to the ongoing game of partisan political
Bobby Jones's campaign for 27th District State Senator can be
contacted by mail at
Friends of Bobby Jones
PO Box 7404
Flint, MI 48507
or via e-mail at
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its values, and its candidates, visit:
Also check out the Green Party/Partido Verde of Michigan
group on Facebook, and GPMI's Twitter feed @MIGreenParty.
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GPMI was formed in 1987 to address environmental
issues in Michigan politics. Greens are organized
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state Green Party sets its own goals and creates its
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Respect for Diversity
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