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The Green Party is holding its 2012 Presidential Nominating Convention in Baltimore, MD on July 12-15.  Following the June 5, 2012 California primary Jill Stein declared she had won enough delegates to claim the Green Party presidential nomination.  On July 11 Stein announced Cheri Honkala of Philadelphia as her running mate.  Honkala is national coordinator for the Poor People’s Economic Human Rights Campaign.

The Green Party's Presidential Campaign Support Committee oversees its process.  Green Party Rules and Procedures set out eight criteria for eligibility for candidates seeking the party's nomination.  In Fall 2010 the PCSC sent out its "Presidential Exploratory Outreach Letter and Questionnaire."

presumptive nominee
Jill Stein -
(announced Oct. 24, 2011)  Physician from Lexington, MA.  Green-Rainbow Party candidate for governor in 2002, state representative in 2004, secretary of state in 2006.  Graduate of Harvard College, 1973 and Harvard Medical School, 1979.  Born in Chicago and raised in suburban Highland Park, IL.
Jill Stein for President organization

other candidates
Roseanne Barr
- Actress, comedian, writer, television producer and director; star of the sitcom Roseanne from 1988-97, the talk show The Roseanne Show from 1998-2000, and the reality show Roseanne's Nuts, 2011.
Roseanne for President 2012  |  Barr 2012 facebook page  |  RoseanneWorld

Kent Mesplay - (announced May 17, 2011)  Mesplay also sought the Green Party's presential nomination in 2004 and 2008; he also ran in the Green Party primary for U.S. Senate in California in 2006.  Currently an air quality inspector with the Air Pollution Control District in San Diego County.  Ph.D. in biomedical engineering from Northwestern University.  Born July 19, 1962 in Madang, Papua New Guinea.

Harley Mikkelson - Retired State of Michigan employee; worked for the Departments of Community Health, Education, and Human Services over 26 years.  Michigan Green Party candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives in 2002 and 2004, U.S. Senate in 2008, and Governor in 2010.  U.S. Army veteran including one year in South Vietnam.  Graduate of Michigan State University.  Resident of Caro, MI.
Harley Mikkelson 2012

formerly mentioned as potential candidates
Winona LaDuke
- Executive director of Honor the Earth, which she helped found in 1993.  Ralph Nader’s vice-presidential running mate on the Green Party ticket in the 1996 and 2000 presidential elections.  Master's degree in rural development from Antioch University, 1989.  Founding director of the White Earth Land Recovery Project.  Anishinaabekwe (Ojibwe) enrolled member of the Mississippi Band Anishinaabeg in Northern Minnesota.  Bachelor's degree in native economic development from Harvard, 1982.  Grew up in Los Angeles, CA.
Draft Winona LaDuke for President 2012 (independent Facebook page) | Honor the Earth

Cynthia McKinney - Green Party's 2008 presidential nominee on the ballot in 31 states and DC, obtaining 161,603 votes (0.12%).  Elected to Congress in 2004 and defeated in 2006.  Elected to Congress in 1992 and re-elected four times; defeated in 2002 re-election bid.  Member of the Georgia state house of representatives, 1988-92.  Faculty member, Clark Atlanta University and Agnes Scott College.  B.A. from the University of Southern California, 1978.  Born March 17, 1955 in Atlanta, GA.
Cynthia McKinney for 2012 (independent Facebook page has shown little recent activity)

briefly sought Green Party nomination
Stewart Alexander
- The 2012 Socialist Party USA vice presidential nominee and chair of the California Socialist Party announced in 2010 that he was seeking the nominations of both the Socialist Party USA and the Green Party.  Alexander aimed to "unite progressives."  However in July 2011 he announced that the Green Party nomination requirements were complicating his effort and that he would only seek the nomination of the Socialist Party USA and in California the Peace and Freedom Party.
Stewart Alexander Cares

Green Party Watch did the best job of reviewing potential candidates.  A July 2010 article ran through a host of possibilities including names of celebrity candidates, issue candidates and insider candidates.  A February 2011 poll listed nine possible candidates: Jared Ball, Rosa Clemente, Tom Clements, Jesse Johnson, Cynthia McKinney, Jill Stein, kat swift, Laura Wells and Rich Whitney.  A Draft Winona LaDuke group showed some early activity.