(WASHINGTON) — Long-shot Green Party candidate Jill Stein has chosen her running mate: Cheri Honkala, who, Stein said, is “the nation’s leading anti-poverty advocate.”
Comedian Roseanne Barr, a Green Party candidate who lost the nomination to Stein, was considered as a running mate but didn’t make the cut.
Stein has promised to create 25 million jobs, downsize the military, legalize marijuana, end unemployment and guarantee college education for everyone.
Her new running mate is the national coordinator for the Poor People’s Economic Human Rights Campaign, an advocacy group led by poor and homeless people. She ran for sheriff in Philadelphia last year.
“Compelled by her own experience as a homeless, single mom, Honkala has spent nearly three decades working directly alongside the poor to build the movement to end poverty, and has organized tens of thousands of people to take action via marches, demonstrations and tent cities,” Stein’s campaign said in its announcement.
The Green Party’s convention starts Thursday in Baltimore.
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Ruth Brown, Idaho Press-Tribune
Shelbie Harris, Idaho State Journal