Rev. Greg Seltzer, the national chairman of the Prohibition Party has announced he will seek the party’s 2016 nomination for president at its convention next year. He has asked longtime activist and former Thompson Township, Fulton County, PA Tax Assessor Jim Hedges to be his running mate.
Seltzer is a retired history professor from Maryland who currently works as a Presbyterian Minister. He took over as chairman earlier this year when Rev. Toby Davis, the 2012 vice presidential nominee, stepped down due to his busy schedule. Davis later accepted the position of vice chairman.
Established in 1869, the Prohibition Party is the third oldest existing political party in the US. Its popularity climaxed during early Twentieth Century with the passage of the Eighteenth Amendment, which banned the sale of alcohol in 1919. The amendment was repealed in 1933. The party has since declined, but has continued to nominate candidates for the presidential election. In 2012, it nominated perennial candidate Jack Fellure. He appeared on the ballot only in Louisiana and received 518 votes. It is unknown whether Fellure will seek the party’s 2016 nomination, but he has registered with the FEC as a candidate for the Republican Party’s 2016 nomination.
The party has had a revival of sorts during the Seltzer chairmanship. It has increased its online presence with the creation of a Facebook page and has resumed publication of The National Prohibitionist, a newspaper which had stopped being published in 2005 amid an internal party feud. The feud has since been settled.