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Arizona Green Party (AZGP) press release (22SEP12): AZGP endorses 4 candidates for the 2012 elections

Arizona Green Party (AZGP); P.O. Box 60173, Phoenix AZ 85082; (602)417-0213;;

Date: September 22, 2012

Arizona Green Party (AZGP) endorses four candidates for the 2012 General Election

Phoenix, AZ—The Arizona Green Party (AZGP) has endorsed four candidates for the 2012 General Election. All of the candidates were vetted and interviewed at least twice by members of the AZGP State Committee. In order to receive an endorsement, prospective Green Party candidates must show support for the Green Party Ten Key Values and national Green Party-US Platform. The following candidates have been endorsed:

• Daniel Pout—Corporation Commission;
• Mark Salazar—US Congress (CD 6);
• Haryaksha Gregor Knauer—State Representative (LD 26);
• Angel Torres—State Representative (LD 27);

Salle Hunter, AZGP 1st vice co-chair stated, “AZGP conducts an extensive interview process with potential Green Party candidates. Our registered Greens statewide can vote with confidence for our endorsed candidates. I’m very pleased with our endorsed candidates for this election cycle.”

Daniel Pout is an ASU student pursuing his PhD in Political Science. In regards to his campaign for Corporation Commission, he said, "I want to draw attention to the large profits of the utility monopolies that come at the expense of Arizonans and our environment. We need a Commission that stands unequivocally on the side of the people.”

Mark Salazar, an electrical engineer who also has an MBA, stated why he is running for Congress as a Green Party candidate: "I will bring a spirit of cooperation to Congress that can enable us to improve the quality of life for all Americans; economically, environmentally and peacefully."

The mission of the Arizona Green Party (AZGP) is to build and sustain an alternative, progressive political party that promotes and practices the Ten Key Values. We do not accept corporate donations and uniquely rely on the generosity of individual donors and volunteers. The four pillars of the Green Party are Grassroots Democracy, Social Justice, Ecological Wisdom, and Non-violence.