Green Party of Arkansas Materials

MC 1803

Special Collections
University of Arkansas Libraries

365 N. McIlroy Avenue
Fayetteville, Arkansas 72701-4002
Phone: 479-575-8444
Email: specoll@uark.edu

Machine-readable finding aid encoded in EAD by Andrew Donovan and Krista Oldham, 2013.

Finding aid is written in English.

Table of Contents

Descriptive Summary

Creator
Green Party of Arkansas
Title
Green Party of Arkansas Materials
Inclusive Dates
2000-2008
Identification
MC 1803
Extent
.5 linear feet (1 box)
Language
Materials are in English.
Repository
Special Collections, University of Arkansas Libraries

Access Information

Please call (479) 575-8444 or email specoll@uark.edu at least two weeks in advance of your arrival to ensure availability of the materials.

Use Information

No Use Restrictions Apply.

No Interlibrary Loan.

Standard Federal Copyright Laws Apply (U.S. Title 17).

Acquisition Information

The Green Party of Arkansas Materials were donated to Special Collections, University of Arkansas Libraries, on February 9, 2009, by Abel Tomlinson of Fayetteville, Arkansas.

Processing Information

Processed by Andrew Donovan; completed in June 2013.

Preferred Form of Citation

Green Party of Arkansas Materials (MC 1803), Special Collections, University of Arkansas Libraries, Fayetteville

See Special Collections Citations Guide for more detailed information on how to cite specific documents from the collection.

Historical Note

The Green Party of the United States was founded on the principles of progressive politics, social justice, feminism, and environmental sustainability. The Green Party of Arkansas (GPA) began in 1996 when a group Arkansans wanted to add Ralph Nader to the presidential ballot. By 2000 the GPA had members in several counties and managed to get Ralph Nader's name on the ballot again. After 2000 the GPA began to grow and its members were becoming more involved in state politics. In 2001 a law existed in Arkansas which prevented any new party from participating in an election. The GPA sued the state of Arkansas and in September 2001 won its lawsuit in federal court, thereby placing Sarah Marsh in the election for congressional representative of the Third District. Although she only won 2% of the votes, it was the first time the GPA participated in a statewide election.

In 2006 the GPA was forced to sue the state of Arkansas again. Despite the fact that the GPA had acquired 18,000 signatures to obtain ballot access to the 2006 midterm elections, they were denied access. With the help of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) the GPA filed another lawsuit against the state of Arkansas and won again. Six candidates were placed on the ballot: Jim Lendall for governor, Rebekah Kennedy for attorney general, Marty Scully for secretary of state, Brock Carpenter for treasurer, R. David Lewis for commissioner of state lands, and Michael Bolzenius for state auditor. All candidates were defeated.

The 2008 statewide elections in Arkansas not only saw many Green Party candidates on the ballots, but for the first time ever Arkansans were able to vote in the Green Party primary elections for president. Since the congressional incumbents Mark Pryor, John Boozman, Mike Ross, and Vic Snyder were running unopposed in 2008, Green Party candidates saw this as a strategic opportunity in the hopes of gaining more votes as second party candidates instead of third party candidates. Each of the incumbents, however, won the election. Abel Tomlinson ran against John Boozman with 21% of the votes. Rebekah Kennedy ran against Mark Pryor with 21% of the votes; Deb McFarland ran against Vic Snyder with 23% of the votes; and Joshua Drake ran against Mike Ross with 14% of the votes. One Green Party candidate, Richard Carroll, was able to win a seat in the state House of Representatives. He later joined the Democratic Party and was defeated in 2010. In 2012 a Green Party candidate and former Democrat, Fred Smith, was elected to the state House of Representatives.

Scope and Content Note

The collection mainly consists of materials of the Green Party candidates, Abel Tomlinson and Rebekah Kennedy, from the 2008 election which includes website materials, campaign ephemera, DVDs, and newspaper clippings.

Arrangement of the Papers

Materials are arranged by topic.

Detailed Description of the Collection

The following contains a detailed list of the materials in the collection

Box 1

Box 1 Folder 1

Ralph Nader Materials, 2000-2004

Box 1 Folder 2

Abel Tomlinson for Congress Website Materials, 2008

Box 1 Folder 3

Abel Tomlinson Congressional Campaign Ephemera, 2008

Box 1 Folder 4

Rebekah Kennedy Congressional Campaign Ephemera, 2008

Box 1 Folder 5

Campaign DVDs, 2008

Box 1 Folder 6

General Materials, 2000-2008, n.d.

Box 1 Folder 7

Campaign Newspaper Clippings, June-November 2008

END OF COLLECTION

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