County Green Party Caucus Planning Meeting/Business Meeting
Iowa City Public Library, Room C
Attendance: Joannes Pool, Florence Boos, Holly Hart, Jim Walters; Bob
Schultes, Emily Carson from Cedar Rapids; Daryl Northrop, IAGP candidate
for US Senate, from Des Moines; Roger Bentley, his campaign manager, from
We enjoyed having several guests: Daryl Northrop, of Des Moines, who is
running as IAGP candidate for U.S. Senate; Roger Bentley, Ames, his campaign
manager; and Bob Schultes and Emily Carson from Cedar Rapids.
There was discussion about Ralph Nader’s recent announcement that
he will not seek the Green Party presidential nomination. David Cobb’s
campaign already had evoked some interest among our members. At this meeting,
all expressed interest in and support for Cobb’s campaign: he is
actively campaigning and has asked for our support. He is currently campaigning
actively, and he will be in Iowa for a short visit (a short detour from
his travel route from the Twin Cities to Wisconsin) sometime in February.
was expressed in beginning to petition with his name on our nomination
papers as soon as it is feasible to do so. Due to the fact that the other
Green “stand-ins” are either not actively campaigning or plan
to throw their weight to another candidate and, especially, will not receive
the eventual nomination, those in attendance felt it would not be worthwhile
to hold a ballot as earlier planned. The recommendation is to vote on
whether to start petitioning for David Cobb, and then, closer to the convention,
possibly take a vote to determine national convention delegates’
votes, based on what candidates or options may have become available.
We then discussed how to select Iowa Green Party national nominating convention
delegates. The Johnson County Green Party had planned to come upwith a
proposal to send to the IAGP, but there is still discussion on how to
proportion the delegation, and no conclusive proposal was reached; discussion
Daryl Northrop spoke about his campaign for the U. S. Senate, followed
by discussion on goals and resources the IAGP, county chapters, and other
potentially supporting organizations could provide. Daryl would like to
get 10% of the vote and raise $15,000. He believes this is a good race
for a Green Party candidate: the incumbent, Charles Grassley, is considered
unbeatable, and the Democrats will not try to campaign very seriously
against him. This race will allow our candidate a platform to present
Green viewpoints and offer voters a real choice/protest/peace candidate
without fear of the “spoiler” complaint. Although this race
cannot bring the IAGP ballot status, the greater percentage of votes Daryl
gets, the better support our argument for passing our ballot status legislation
has…. The campaign has a website, downloadable brochure, and petition
forms at http://www.northropforsenate.org.
Plans were made to hold the Johnson County Green Party caucus at The Mill
Restaurant on Sunday, January 18th, starting at about 5 p.m. Daryl and
Roger will attend if they are able. Joannes will look into getting musicians.
We will send postcards inviting all formerly registered Johnson County
Greens who have not re-resgitered with another party. Barbara Hackmann
offered a contribution to help pay for postage and cards. We will meet
this coming Saturday at Uptown Bill's to label and send them. [Florence
Boos will send a press release to local media.]
Caucus: January 18th, 2004; The Mill.
Next Business Meeting, Wednesday, February 11th, 2004; Iowa City Public
Library, Room D.