Nader to submit Maryland petitions today

The following is a media release from the Nader presidential campaign:

August 3, 2008
www.votenader.org
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: (Washington) Chris Driscoll, 202-360-3273, [email protected]; (Annapolis, Md.) Tom Sheilds, 734-718-5356

NADER/GONZALEZ SUPPORTERS IN MARYLAND INDEPENDENT PARTY TO SUBMIT SIGNATURES FOR BALLOT LINE

Nader Will Seek New Party’s Nomination

Supporters of the Nader/Gonzalez 2008 presidential campaign on Mon. Aug. 4 will submit more than 20,000 signatures to the Maryland Board of Elections to put the new Maryland Independent Party on the ballot in the November 2008 elections. Independent Presidential Candidate Ralph Nader, and his VP running mate, Matt Gonzalez, are seeking the new party’s nomination. Maryland law requires the submission of 10,000 registered voters’ signatures for a ‘minor party’s’ candidates to be placed on the ballot.

Nader/Gonzalez 2008 Maryland coordinator, Tom Sheilds, and supporters of the Maryland Independent Party will be available at 10:30 a.m. for news media questions at the Maryland State Board of Elections, Office of the Director of Candidacy and Campaign Finance, 151 West St, Suite 200, 2nd floor, Annapolis, Md.

WHO:Maryland Independent Party and Supporters of Nader/Gonzalez 2008 Campaign
WHAT: Turn-in of ballot petitions and press availability
WHEN: Monday Aug 4, 2008, 10:30 a.m.
WHERE: Maryland State Board of Elections, at the Office of Director of Candidacy and Campaign Finance, 151 West St, Suite 200, 2nd floor, Annapolis, MD 21401.

About Ralph Nader
Celebrated attorney, author and consumer advocate Ralph Nader has been named by Time Magazine one of the “100 Most Influential Americans in the 20th Century”. For more than four decades he has exposed problems and organized millions of citizens into more than 100 public interest groups advocating solutions. He led the movement to establish the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Consumer Product Safety Commission, and enact the Safe Drinking Water Act, the Motor Vehicle Safety Act, the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and countless other pieces of important consumer legislation. Because of Ralph Nader we drive safer cars, eat healthier food, breathe better air, drink cleaner water, and work in safer environments. Nader graduated from Princeton University and received an LL.B from the Harvard Law School.

About Matt Gonzalez
Matt Gonzalez was elected to the San Francisco Board of Supervisors in 2000 representing San Francisco’s fifth council district. From 2003 to 2005 he served as Board of Supervisors President. A former public defender, Gonzalez is managing partner of Gonzalez & Leigh, a 7-attorney practice in San Francisco that represents individuals and organizations in mediation, arbitration, and administrative proceedings before state and federal regulatory bodies. Gonzalez graduated from Columbia University and received a JD from Stanford Law School.

About the Nader/Gonzalez Campaign
According to a CNN-Opinion Research Corp. poll conducted from July 27-29, Ralph Nader is at 6 percent nationally, higher than his highest major poll numbers during the same time period in 2000 and approaching the 10 percent threshold required for eligibility to participate in “America’s Presidential Debate in New Orleans”, Google-sponsored event scheduled for September 18. In the swing state of Michigan—whose voters were partially disenfranchised by the Democratic National Committee—an EPIC-MRA poll found Nader at 8-10 percent. For more information on the Nader/Gonzalez campaign, visit: VoteNader.org .

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