Updated Election Results for Nader/Gonzalez State by State

Nader/Gonzalez Campaign Files for Kentucky Ballot Line

Tuesday, September 2, 2008 at 12:00:00 AM

Media Advisory

Contact: (Washington) Chris Driscoll, 202-360-3273, chris@votenader.org;
(KY) Jim Wiese 859-229-7284, wiese@votenader.org.


The Nader/Gonzalez presidential campaign will submit petitions to the Kentucky Secretary of State's Office Wed. September 3, to place Ralph Nader and running-mate Matt Gonzalez on the state's November 2008 election ballot.

To qualify to appear on Kentucky's ballot, state law requires submission of the signatures of 5,000 registered voters. The Nader/Gonzalez Campaign will submit around 12,500 signatures, which evidences an overwhelming show of support. Voters are clearly stating that they do not want to be restricted to only two choices on the ballot in November.

Jim Wiese, Nader/Gonzalez Kentucky coordinator, will host a news conference at 3 p.m. Wednesday, at the Office of the Secretary of State, Elections Branch, 700 Capital Avenue, Suite 148, Frankfort, KY 40601.

A broad range of issues face Kentucky voters this election. Kentucky has one of the nation's highest illiteracy rates, compounded by fluctuating, and sometimes frozen, teacher salaries. Coal strip mining continues in Eastern Kentucky, despite its devastating effects on the environment. Lastly, a universal health care plan is definitely needed in a state which holds a high incidence of diabetes cases.

The Nader/Gonzalez Campaign offers solutions to these and many other problems facing the working families of Kentucky that Obama /McCain fail to offer. For example, Nader and Gonzalez will guarantee a decent education for all, ban mountaintop removal and launch a "Marshall Plan" to repair the Nation's crumbling schools, clinic, roads, bridges and other important infrastructure, creating millions of new jobs.

Nader/Gonzalez favors a Canadian-style, private delivery, free choice of hospital and doctor, public health insurance system.

For more on solutions Nader and Gonzalez offer that Obama and McCain have taken "off the table," visit: votenader.org/issues.

With the Nader/Gonzalez ticket on the ballot, Kentuckians will now two champions of working families to vote for.

WHO: the Kentucky Nader/Gonzalez 2008 Campaign
WHAT: News Conference and nominating petitions submission
WHEN: 3p.m., Wed. Sept. 3, 2008
WHERE: Office of the Secretary of State, Elections Branch, 700 Capital Avenue, Suite 148, Frankfort, KY 40601.

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.

For more information on the Nader/Gonzalez campaign, visit: votenader.org.