Interview with an Iowa Green

The Des Moines Register has an interview with co-chair of the Iowa Green Party, and former Senate candidate, Daryl Northrop.

Daryl Northrop is the co-chair of both the Iowa Green Party and the Polk County Green Committee, a former U.S. Senate candidate and a passionate politico who sees more campaigns in his near future.

The 34-year-old Beaverdale resident talked about why he decided to go Green back in 2000, and what it’s meant for him since.

HOW HE GOT GREEN:

“In 2000 I had generally voted Democrat. Just for the heck of it I went to the Ralph Nader Web site and was really impressed not only with the boldness of the ideas and the vision they presented, but also that the Green Party runs candidates without any political action campaign funds and corporate donations.”

LAYING A GREEN FOUNDATION IN CENTRAL IOWA:

“I found that there was not much of a presence in the Polk County area. I decided to get something started so there can be a structure here, to help support Green Party candidates. It was mostly a function of getting a Web site built, connecting interested people at the local level.”

RUNNING FOR U.S. SENATOR AGAINST CHUCK GRASSLEY IN 2004:

“It was a wonderful experience for me. It was very hard work but also very rewarding. I was pretty happy with the results my campaign had. We received 15,400 votes. Also, my candidacy received something no Green Party candidate in Iowa had achieved before that: An endorsement by a major newspaper, the Iowa City Press Citizen, which is the hometown paper of Art Small, the Democratic candidate that year.”

GREENS IN OFFICE:

“The Green Party has organized state parties in 45 states and the District of Columbia. There are 223 Greens holding elected office across the country (including Kevin Lee, a Town Trustee in Decorah, Iowa). California and Maine have extremely large Green Parties and a fair amount of elected officials. California has 50.”

GREENS IN IOWA:

“Compared to other states, we are fairly organized, but we have a smaller state party. I’ve seen very wide representation, from high school students interested in the party to senior citizens, and everyone in between.”

PERENNIAL UNDERDOGS:

“The overarching goal of not only my candidacy but of Green Party candidates everywhere is first and foremost to win. But the second goal is to be able to broaden and deepen the political discussion going on in the public forum.”

A FUTURE IN POLITICS:

“I’m hopefully going to be starting a masters program in political management, which covers campaign management to help other Green Party candidates, and also for when I am the candidate again. I hope to run for office again.”

HIS DAY JOB:

“I’m like a lot of other people in Des Moines. To pay the bills, I work for an insurance company.”

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