August 4th, 2010 By | News | Posted In: 2010 Election, Green Party

Greens Want to Join Debate

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If they're good enough to qualify as a minor political party in Ohio, then they're good enough to be included in the gubernatorial debate.

That's the philosophy of Ohio Green Party leaders and the decision to exclude its gubernatorial candidate, Dennis Spisak, from a debate between Democratic incumbent Ted Strickland and Republican challenger John Kasich.

Today Strickland and Kasich agreed to appear in two televised debates, the first one held Sept. 14 in Columbus and the second on Oct. 7 in Toledo.

Because they qualified to appear on the November ballot under Ohio election laws, Spisak believes both he and Libertarian candidate Ken Matesz should be included in the debate.

As the Green Party nominee for Ohio governor, I think it's a sham that myself and the Libertarian candidate for governor are not invited to the debates,” Spisak said in a prepared statement.

The Ohio Secretary of State has certified that minor party candidates are allowed on the ballots this year, we have paid the same filing fees as Ted Strickland and John Kasich, and had supporters stomp through the winter snowstorms to gather thousands of signatures to place us on the ballot,” Spisak added. “Ohioans deserve to hear all candidates for governor speak. Ted and John will sling mud and refuse to answer specially how they will fix Ohio. I will.”

According to the Secretary of State's office, 1,315 voters cast Green Party ballots in the May primary, while 5,476 voters cast Libertarian Party ballots.

Among his platform of issues, Spisak supports creating a single-payer universal health care system in Ohio, investing in the creation of “blue-green” jobs for labor unions and changing how school districts are funded.

Spisak is a member of the Struthers City Board of Education, near Youngstown, and has 25 years experience working in the field of public education.

08.09.2010 at 03:34 Reply
John Kasich needs to answer the following question during the televised debates in Columbus on September 14 and in Toledo on October 7: John, as those who you continue to pay and entrust your own children with were secretly recorded saying, do you too believe "before God" that it is "the right thing" to deliberately put thousands of children at "risk" with several repeat child molesters lead into temptation to molest again while deceiving and defrauding the parents about it? That question is in regard to the administrators at the private “Christian” school (where John continues to send his own daughters to) and the affiliated church who were secretly recorded saying the following about one of the school’s child molesting Teachers/Coaches (and Youth Directors for elementary-aged children) as reported by the Columbus Dispatch newspaper: "We understand that if something happens between Dwayne and a student, we will be big-time liable," executive pastor Jim Augspurger said on the recording. "That's a risk we take. I think before God we did the right thing and it may not be the worldly, may not even be the most prudent thing, but it is something we have done," he said. "We've wiped the slate clean. I understand the situation it puts us in." After those administrators got caught by the Columbus Dispatch, one of those who participated in that 10-year Conspiracy of Criminal Negligence, Deception, Fraud, and Cover-Ups against we parents (including John Kasich) publicly stated the following (as also recorded): "I was a Lead Pastor here for eight years and a Director Of Junior High Youth Ministries in the past. This is a Watergate. The church covered it up. I was in the meetings. I've known all these years that it was a student. And I was told to get back to wiping noses and not to let it out." John Kasich remains silent and refuses to do anything about those serious crimes. John actually continues to send his very own daughters to that private school where those administrators remain in power, remain as a serious threat to unsuspecting consumers, and remain as horrible examples to all students (including John’s daughters Emma and Reese) on how to treat your business customers and your fellow man. The truth is that John Kasich clearly does NOT have the courage, integrity, leadership abilities, or the common sense needed to be a suitable Governor for Ohio. Please refer to the irrefutable and overwhelming evidence at http://NotKasich.com and http://ABCsOfBetrayal.com Please bring these crucial facts about John Kasich and his extremely poor judgments to the attention of Ohio voters.