As reported in The National Prohibitionist and at Independent Political Report, Rev. Greg Seltzer of Maryland is ending his 2016 campaign for president and is stepping down as Chairman of the Prohibition Party. This comes as the new Governor of Maryland Larry Hogan, a Republican, named Seltzer to the state’s Election Board.
Seltzer is a retired history professor and Presbyterian Minister. He took over as Prohibition Party Chairman early last year when Rev. Toby Davis, the 2012 vice presidential nominee, stepped down due to a busy schedule. He previously served on the Maryland Election Board from 2002 to 2006 during the state’s last Republican administration.
Under Seltzer’s chairmanship, the Prohibition Party has had a revival of sorts. It has increased its online presence with the creation of a Facebook page and resumed publication of The National Prohibitionist, a newspaper which had stopped being published in 2005 amid a, now settled, internal party feud.
For his 2016 campaign, Seltzer had selected longtime activist and former Thompson Township, Fulton County, Pennsylvania Tax Assessor Jim Hedges as his running mate. According to Politics1, Hedges will now seek the party’s 2016 presidential nomination. Politics1 also lists one Rick Knox of Georgia as a potential candidate.
Hedges previously ran for president in 2012 but lost the party’s nomination to perennial candidate Jack Fellure. Fellure appeared on the ballot only in Louisiana and received 518 votes. It is unknown whether Fellure will seek the party’s 2016 nomination. He has registered with the FEC as a candidate for the Republican Party’s 2016 presidential nomination.
The Prohibition Party’s presidential ticket and Seltzer’s successor as Chairman will both be chosen at the party’s National Convention June 6-7 in Helen, Georgia.