Following in the footsteps of his father, Jordon M. Greene is running for elective office as an unaffiliated candidate. Greene recently announced his candidacy for state House District 87, covering Caldwell County.
“I’m running for N.C. House because you deserve a representative in Raleigh that values the liberty of each citizen equally and respects the diversity of views and opinions held by his constituents while holding firm to his own values,” Greene said in his campaign announcement. “I’m a concerned citizen who simply cannot stand by when liberty is at stake.”
Greene was campaign manager for his father Bryan’s unsuccessful attempt to run for Congress as an unaffiliated candidate in 2008. The elder Greene failed to collect the 16,457 signatures needed under North Carolina’s highly restrictive ballot access laws.
The young Greene said he’s running as an unaffiliated candidate because the party he’s chosen to join, the Constitution Party, is not allowed on the ballot. “North Carolina’s ballot access laws unduly regulate and, in the end, violate my freedom of association by keeping my party off the ballot with overly restrictive signatures requirements unparalleled in most states,” he said.
His encounter with the state’s draconian ballot access barriers and his experience with his father’s campaign led Jordon to form Free the Vote North Carolina, a free-market based election law reform political action committee. Greene is also active in the state and national Constitution Party organizations. He is one of the founding member’s of the state party and has served as state chair and treasurer. Greene currently represents North Carolina on the Constitution Party national committee.
The cause of ballot access reform also motivates Greene’s campaign, especially since the incumbent Republican Rep. Edgar Starnes opposes lowering the barriers for third parties and unaffiliated candidates. Starnes was the only representative to speak against H.B. 32, The Electoral Freedom Act of 2011, which passed the House in July in a bipartisan vote. The bill was proposed by Free the Vote, had bipartisan sponsorship and is supported by a broad coalition of political parties and public policy groups from across the political spectrum.
“Rep. Starnes believes all political ideas must be channeled through two parties at the expense of free expression and free speech,” Greene said. “The major difference between Mr. Starnes and I is that while he puts his party before the people, I put the people, individual liberty and the Constitution before any party or affiliation.”
Greene believes the state’s ballot access laws are deliberately set up to discourage “regular everyday citizens, real blue-collar working North Carolinians” from running for office and designed to give an advantage to candidates with money and influence who conform to major party control.
This is not the only issue on which he and Starnes disagree, Greene added. “Mr. Starnes seems to believe it’s okay to give special benefits and breaks to big business such as NASCAR teams and film and television production firms,” Greene said. “I believe government should refrain from giving certain businesses or industries special treatment but instead treat all equally.”
As a constitutional conservative, Greene said he would fight for limited-government ideals and will focus on the need to follow the Constitution and to respect individual liberties. “My entire political view is built on the premise that government should remain small and constrained by the Constitution, and that individual liberty must be respected,” he said. “As your representative, I will be your voice for the Constitution, individual liberty, and common sense in Raleigh.”
At this point Greene is not certain how many signatures he must gather, because that number is based on four percent of the number of registered voters as of January 1 of the election year. He estimates it will be about 2,100 signatures, but in reality he said he will have to collect more than that, probably around 3,000, to allow for signatures that may be discounted.
If H.B. 32 passes, however, this could change dramatically, lowering that number to about 500 certified signatures. It may also allow him to run under the Constitution Party banner if that party is successful in their ballot access signature drive currently underway. Greene heads the party’s ballot access committee.
Greene is a a self-employed web designer. He recently earned a bachelor of arts in political science from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. He is an alumnus of the UNC Charlotte delegation to the N.C. Student Legislature. A graduate of West Caldwell High School, Greene is active in the Temple Baptist Church in Lenoir and a member of the N.C. Political Science Association, Gun Owners of America, and the Americans for Legal Immigration PAC.
For more information, go to: www.GreeneforNCHouse.com.