Third Party California Gubernatorial Candidates Confirmed to Speak about Proposition 19 and the Vital Need for All-Inclusive Candidate Debates at Press Conference, Wednesday, Democratic and Republican Candidates Remain Silent.

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Third Party California Gubernatorial Candidates Confirmed to Speak about Proposition 19 and the Vital Need for All-Inclusive Candidate Debates at Press Conference, Wednesday, Democratic and Republican Candidates Remain Silent.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Proposition 19, the Regulate, Control and Tax Cannabis Act of 2010, which will be brought before California voters November 2, has quickly gained momentum and jumped to the forefront of California and national political issues.
California gubernatorial candidates Carlos Alvarez of California’s Peace and Freedom Party, Chelene Nightingale of the Constitution Party, Dale Ogden of the Libertarian Party and Laura Wells of the Green Party will speak about their views on Proposition 19 at a press conference on the West steps of the State Capitol in Sacramento, Wednesday, October 6, 2010 at 1:00 p.m., to be hosted by The Free and Equal Elections Foundation. The candidates will also speak about their support of all-inclusive candidate debates, proportional representation and war. California gubernatorial candidates, Republican Jerry Brown and Democrat Meg Whitman, have declined the invitation to participate in this press conference.
Gerald Murray, national youth coordinator for Laura Chinchilla’s 2010 Costa Rica presidential campaign and international relations liaison for Free and Equal, will join the candidates at the press conference to speak in Spanish about conflict currently underway in Costa Rica and how Proposition 19 will impact the country.
Dale Sky Jones, of the Yes on Prop 19 campaign and Executive Chancellor of Oaksterdam University, also has been invited to speak at this press conference.
Alvarez, Ogden and Wells all publicly favor Proposition 19, while Nightingale is currently neutral, but researching the issue. Despite numerous attempts by Free and Equal representatives, Brown and Whitman have been unavailable, or unwilling, to comment regarding Proposition 19 and all-inclusive debates. However, a statement from the Whitman campaign shows that both Whitman and Brown oppose Proposition 19.
Further details regarding these important issues, from the candidates and Free and Equal, will be provided at Wednesday’s press conference. The press conference will be followed by a fundraiser, to benefit Free and Equal’s production of all-inclusive candidate debates nationwide, in Mill Valley, Calif., Saturday, October 9. All six California gubernatorial candidates have been invited to speak at this fundraiser, with Alvarez, Ogden and Wells confirmed and Nightingale tentative due to a scheduling conflict. More information can be found on the Free and Equal website.
During October, Christina Tobin, Libertarian candidate for California Secretary of State, in her official duties as founder and chair of Free and Equal, will moderate back-to-back, all-inclusive gubernatorial and U.S. senatorial candidate debates at Universities in California, Illinois and Oklahoma. Tobin also will moderate a university hosted, all-inclusive U.S. senatorial candidate debate in Connecticut and other debates of this nature are in the works for New York and Kentucky.
Free and Equal recently launched an online petition that calls for all-inclusive debates nationwide and allows candidates, voters and potential voters to easily voice their opinion on the issue.
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Free & Equal is a nonpartisan, nonprofit, public-policy advocacy organization dedicated to protecting the rights of the politically marginalized and disenfranchised, particularly those of third party and Independent candidates.

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