Nader submits New York petitions

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

August 18, 2008
Contact: (Washington) Chris Driscoll, 202-360-3273, [email protected]; (Albany, N.Y.) Christina Tobin, 312-320-4101, [email protected] or Josh Starcher, 718-909-6343, [email protected]


Supporters of Independent Presidential Candidate Ralph Nader Tues., Aug. 19, will submit petitions to the New York State Board of Elections, to place Mr. Nader and running-mate Matt Gonzalez on the November 2008 election ballot.

New York will be the 32nd state in which the Nader/Gonzalez Campaign has filed for a ballot line since Mr. Nader announced his intent to run during a February 24 appearance on NBC’s “Meet the Press”. To qualify to appear on New York’s ballot, state law requires submission of the signatures of 15,000 registered voters. The Nader/Gonzalez Campaign will submit more than 27,000 signatures.

Howie Hawkins, New York Nader/Gonzalez 2008 Coordinator, and Christina Tobin, National Ballot Access Coordinator, will be joined by several other Nader/Gonzalez supporters in a news conference at 11 a.m. outside on the Steuben Street side of the State Board of Elections building.

WHO: New York Supporters of Nader/Gonzalez 2008 Campaign
WHAT: News Conference and nominating petitions submission
WHEN: 11 a.m., Tues. Aug. 19, 2008
WHERE: NY State Board Of Elections, 40 Steuben Street, Albany, NY 12207-2108

About Ralph Nader
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 was instrumental in enacting 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 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 (equivalent to about 10 million eligible voters), 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,” a Google-sponsored event scheduled for September 18. In the key swing state of Michigan—whose Democratic voters were partially disenfranchised by the Democratic National Committee—an EPIC-MRA poll found Nader at 8-10 percent.

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