Longtime Prohibition Party activist Leroy Pletten died earlier this year at the age of 68. Pletten, an anti-smoking activist, differed from his fellow party members in holding generally progressive views. In 2004 and 2008, as the running mate of Gene Amondson, Pletten served as the party’s vice presidential nominee. In addition, he had a major role in the party split between 2003 and 2007 as leader of the faction opposing multi-time presidential nominee Earl Dodge. His advocacy against Dodge continued after Dodge’s 2007 death, spreading even to wikipedia.
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. Continue Reading
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. Continue Reading
Last month, the centrist Modern Whig Party won its first political race when Robert “Heshy” Bucholz was elected Judge of Elections for the Fifth Division of the 56th Ward in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
In a partisan election in a Democratic Party stronghold, Bucholz defeated the Democratic Party nominee by a margin of 36 to 24 votes.
After reading about his victory, I contacted Bucholz and asked a few questions to obtain more information about his personal background, the duties of his office, his political future, and what third party candidates can learn from his election. Continue Reading