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EARLIER; On Wednesday, there was a CNN town hall with Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein. It was another chance for people to learn about an option outside the two major parties.
Just like the Libertarian Party, win or lose in November, the party’s popularity is rising.
It’s not easy finding a Green Party member in Texas, but a small group of San Antonians gathered to watch their presidential hopeful Jill Stein during a CNN town hall on Wednesday.
“We want more jobs for the working class that do not exploit our environment, which could cause health problems for the coming generations,” said Antonio Diaz, a Bexar County Green Party member.
The local Green Party isn’t very big, typically getting single-digit attendance at meetings, but that’s quickly changed because of this year’s unusual election cycle.
“There’s been a definite effect and its very positive,” said Herb Gonzalez of the Bexar County Green Party. “We’re just kind of having to go, ‘Wow, what are we going to do with all these people?’”
Many new members include former Bernie Sanders supporters.
“Some of my friends that were for Bernie Sanders want to vote for Trump,” said Edward Martinez, who won’t be voting for Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton. “Originally, I was a Republican with Ronald Reagan. After that, you know, I switched to Democrat.
When Martinez was asked if he thought he found his home with the Green Party, he responded, “I think so.”
While a Jill Stein victory is highly unlikely, the Bexar County Green Party hopes to ride this wave of momentum past November.
“Vote for Jill Stein ,and if not, stick with us because if they keep voting Green and continue to vote, we will make that change that voters need and want,” Diaz said.
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