TULSA, OK â€“ The Green Party of Oklahoma endorsed J. M. Branumâ€™s independent candidacy for House District #99 at its 5th annual state convention on August 19th.
The convention was held in Tulsa and was attended by party members from Oklahoma City, Tulsa, Porum, Ft. Gibson, and Norman. The state partyâ€™s endorsement decision followed the Oklahoma County Green partyâ€™s decision to endorse Branum at their August 13th meeting.
Joni Leviness, convention participant from Tulsa, said about Branumâ€™s campaign, â€œI support him because his campaign issues are true issues he cares about and are not just campaign slogans. I know that Oklahoma would be well-represented by him.â€
Branumâ€™s campaign issues include:
Â· Protecting basic human rights (including an end to the death penalty)
Â· Fighting to provide genuine relief to those oppressed by poverty
Â· Promoting means of independence from high gas prices
Â· Working to reform Oklahomaâ€™s undemocratic ballot access laws
J. M. Branum is a resident of the Lincoln Terrace neighborhood of Northeast Oklahoma City who works as a legal assistant and a pedicab driver. He graduated in 2000 from the Institute for Christian Studies in Austin, TX and in 2005 from Oklahoma City University School of Law. He is 30 years old and is an active member of Joy Mennonite Church.
The other candidates in the District #99 race are Republican Willard Linzy and the winner of the Democratic primary run-off election (Anastasia Pittman or Larry Foster, II).
The Oklahoma Green Party is dedicated to the principles of grassroots democracy, social and economic justice, ecological wisdom and nonviolence. The party has local chapters in the Oklahoma City and Tulsa metropolitan areas, and has individual members scattered across many areas of rural Oklahoma.