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Ranked Choice Vote ID206
Ranked Choice VoteSC Co-chair Election
TypeOpen Ballot
Number of Seats1
Ranked Choice Vote AdministratorJake Schneider
Discussion01/31/2006 - 02/01/2006
Voting02/02/2006 - 02/08/2006
Presens Quorum32 0.6666
Candidates Matt Abel
Budd Dickinson
None of the Above


The following candidates have been nominated for the vacant co chair position:

Kristen Olson, MN; 1/5/06, by James De Boer, RI; Declined 1/17/06
Jason Nabewaniec, NY; 1/13/06, by Greg Gerritt, RI; Declined 1/27/06
Matt Abel, MI, by Pat LaMarche, ME; Accepted 1/16/06
Budd Dickinson, CA; 1/16/06, by Dee Berry, MO; Accepted 1/19/06

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Candidate Information

Matt Abel
Matthew Abel, a lawyer since 1986, champions those accused of violating various federal, state, and local laws, rules, regulations and ordinances, and continues to argue that many of them are unconstitutional. He also dabbles in public interest and election law.

In the Representative Assembly, Abel introduced resolutions creating a State Bar of Michigan policy supporting public financing of Judicial elections, and mandating that the bar hold a public forum for Michigan Supreme Court candidates each campaign season.

A recidivist member of the Representative Assembly, Mr. Abel unsuccessfully advanced a proposal to remove the assignment of counsel authority from Judges., but he’s still trying.

Abel is a member of the Green Party of Michigan State Central Committee. and also serves on the Green National Committee.

He is active in the Lawyer’s Guild, ACLU, Drug Policy Forum of Michigan, and the NORML Legal Committee.

J.D. , WSU

Master in Public Administration, CMU

Bachelor in Philosophy, CMU

Associate in Criminal Justice, Castleton State College

Author of June 1996 Michigan Bar Journal article titled "The Michigan Information Network, Will West™ Go South?"

Past President of Livonia Bar Association.

Eagle Scout.

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My political history is available at

Abel, Matthew R. — of Livonia, Wayne County, Mich.; West Bloomfield, Oakland County, Mich. Democratic candidate for Michigan state house of representatives, 1986, 1996 (primary); candidate for justice of Michigan state supreme court, 1998; Green candidate for U.S. Senator from Michigan, 2000. Still living as of 2000.

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I was born in Lincoln, Nebraska in 1958 (I'm 47) Lived there 7 years.

Eugene, Oregon for 5 years.

Fair Haven then Castleton, Vermont 5 years.

Mount Pleasant, then Detroit area.

Moved to Detroit to take a job as Community Development Specialist with U.S. Senator Carl Levin (D-MI). One year.

Attended Wayne State University Law School, Detroit

General practice of law for 10 years, now primary litigation is as criminal defense attorney. 20th year of practice.

My goal is election to the U.S. House (the Senate would be good, too)!

Now, is there still any reason not to vote for Budd?

Matt Abel
counselor at large

Budd Dickinson
I was a founder of the US Green Party and the CA GP. I was a delegate to the first 5 annual national Greens conferences, 1987-92. I have been an active member of the GPUS Platform Committee for 6 years and was Co-chair for 2 years. I am also a member of the GPUS Personnel Committee.

I was a full-time volunteer for Mark Satin's New World Alliance in 1980. (Mark later wrote the 10 Key Values.) I was the founder of the San Francisco Greens in 1985; helped to organize the Greening of the West Conference in 1988, and was one of the founders of the California Green Party in 1991. I was an elected member of the Alameda County GP County Council, 1992-94, 1996-2003. I was the coordinator of the CA GP Platform Committee from 1997 to 2001; a member of the CA GP Coordinating Committee, 2001-3; and treasurer of the Hamburg/Amir Campaign for Governor and Lt. Governor of CA in 1998.

I have extensive election campaign experience. I was the coordinator for Newark, New Jersey, for the 1972 McGovern for President Campaign. I worked in several Berkeley City Council and mayoral campaigns; and was a candidate for Berkeley City Council in 1998, receiving almost 40% of the vote.

I was involved in the Civil Rights Movement in the 1960's and am a Life Member of the NAACP. I helped elect the first black mayor of a major eastern city, Newark, NJ, in 1970. In 1972, I got a Master of Public Administration from New York University. In 1974, I moved to CA; got an MA in Psychology (Humanistic) at Sonoma State University; and interned with Assemblymember John Vasconcellos' Self Determination Network. My master's thesis was on Humanistic Politics. I was involved in the Anti-Nuclear Movement and the Pro-feminist Men's Movement in the 1980s. I identify as bisexual.

I work as an Energy Conservation Engineer and have 25 years of work experience in government or semi-public agencies. I was on the Berkeley Energy Commission for 10 years. I live in Eureka, CA, now amongst the beautiful giant redwoods. They are teaching me about endurance.
  I am the only candidate in this election from west of the Mississippi River. Jody Haug is currently the only SC Co-chair from those 22 states. Also, I should say that Jody and I have been spending time together for the last several months. Relationships develop slowly when you are in your 60’s. I am 63 and Jody just turned 70. I have witnessed Jody’s hard work first hand and despite the pain I have seen her experience, I am still willing to be on the SC.
  I am very disturbed by the conflict over this election. I am looking for a style of politics, based on love instead of anger. Understanding and compassion; not angry confrontation. I am not opposed to confrontation, but I am opposed to angry confrontation. I am not opposed to anger either, but when anger comes from love it creates constructive confrontation. When someone shouts at me in anger and does not pause to let me respond, I can hear only the anger and not the content of what they are saying. I cannot respond constructively, only react with flight or fight.
  Concerning GDI, I signed a statement that appeared on the GDI website. It began, “The Greens for Democracy and Independence (GDI) proposals are not about the 2004 election or the presidential candidacies of David Cobb or Ralph Nader.” I am hoping that is true and most of us have gotten past 2004. But I would like to emphasize the 4th paragraph, “And together, we continue to stand for more democratic representation within our party and the right and duty of our party to act as an independent political force in ways that may threaten the two corporate parties.” And the closing sentence, “What we have in common as people of principle, and members of a political party which promotes those principles, is far more important than what we disagreed about in 2004.”
Budd Dickinson

None of the Above
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