Bob S. Auerbach, age 92, a retired librarian and lifelong peace activist, has been nominated as the 2012 Green Party candidate for Congress from Maryland’s Fifth District and will appear on the general election ballot.
A resident of Greenbelt since 1960, Auerbach aims to promote the Key Values of the Green Party, which include Nonviolence, Environmental Wisdom, Social Justice, and Grassroots Democracy. Green Party candidates avoid the conflict of interest infecting the big party “campaign finance” system, which is driven by huge sums of money from wealthy corporate interests that undermine democracy and compromise elected officials’ ability to serve the people.
After lengthy litigation and petitioning, Maryland election officials announced this week that the Maryland Green Party is once again certified as a ballot-qualified political party for the 2012 election. Certification of ballot status ensures that Bob Auerbach will be on the Tuesday, November 6, 2012, general election ballot. Maryland Greens in 2012 are also running George Gluck for U.S. House in the Eighth District. Also appearing on the Maryland ballot in November will be the national Green Party presidential nominee, Jill Stein of Massachusetts, and her vice-presidential running mate, Cheri Honkala of Pennsylvania.
In addition to Bob Auerbach (the Green Party nominee), the general election ballot for U.S. House of Representatives from District 5 will include the incumbent Democrat, Steny H. Hoyer; the Republican nominee, Tony O’Donnell; and Libertarian Arvin Vohra. The State Board of Elections has announced that an unaffiliated candidate, Jeremy Stinson, did not submit the required signatures and will not be on the ballot.
Bob Auerbach became active in politics (especially election reform) in the 1930’s and has been active in CORE (Congress on Racial Equality) in the 1940’s and 1950’s; the Fellowship of Reconciliation 1940-1950; and the WRL (War Resisters League). He served as Maryland Green Party Co-Chair, 1997-2000. Auerbach won the Green Party nomination for U.S. House of Representatives, Maryland District 5, in 2002 and again in 2004. He won the Green Party nomination for Comptroller of Maryland in 2006 but the State Board of Elections kept his name off the statewide ballot in 2006 for technical reasons. In 2012 he will appear on the ballot.