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Green Party of Philadelphia letter regarding Rudnick 8/8/11

Unendorsed Green Candidate, City Council District 8

On Monday, August 1, 2011, the Green Party of Philadelphia (GPOP) was notified that Brian Rudnick submitted nomination papers to the City Commissioner’s office declaring his run as a Green Party candidate for City Council in District 8 in the November General Election.

Please note that Mr. Rudnick has not been endorsed by GPOP. Regrettably, Mr. Rudnick has thus far circumvented GPOP’s formal process for candidacy approval which requires the general membership to approve his run for public office.

Whether GPOP is considered a political body or a minor party, we abide by the tenets of our by-laws, which hold that the general membership is the sole body with the authority to approve candidates. The process for endorsement is publicly available and clearly stated in our GPOP by-laws, but Mr. Rudnick failed to adhere to its authority and should therefore not be regarded as an endorsed Green Party candidate.

For this reason, the Green Party is not supporting Mr. Rudnick, and we sincerely apologize for any confusion that may have resulted for voters in Council District 8.

However, the Green Party of Philadelphia does have two endorsed and approved candidates running in the November General Election, and we hope you will consider voting for them. Cheri Honkala, www.cherihonkala.com, is on the ballot for Sheriff of Philadelphia, as well as Richard Antipuna, www.richieantipuna.com, who is running for Philadelphia City Commissioner.

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