Lexington Resident Jill Stein Announces Third Presidential Bid

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Jill Stein is back in presidential politics.

Stein, 73, who served as an elected member of Representative Town Meeting in Lexington from 2005 to 2010, is running for president once again.

Stein announced Thursday, November 9 that she is pursuing the Green Party’s nomination. It is a left-wing environmentalist party.

“Our democracy is on life support,” Stein wrote on X, formerly known as Twitter. “Belief in our political system is at historic lows and the number of Americans who feel that neither establishment party represents them is at a record high. We need real choices on the ballot, because without freedom of choice in elections, there is no democracy. It’s time to revive the promise of democracy.”

Stein was the party’s nominee in 2012 and 2016. Additionally, she was the Green-Rainbow Party’s gubernatorial nominee in Massachusetts in 2002 and 2010.

Her campaign web site says that she is running for president “to offer people a choice outside the failed two-party system, so we can put a pro-worker, anti-war, climate emergency agenda front and center in this election and on the ballot in November.”

Previously, Stein committed to helping former Harvard professor Cornel West with his presidential bid. However, that happened when West was pursuing the Green Party’s nomination; he is now running for president independently. 

Following Stein’s 2016 presidential bid, Hillary Clinton, who lost the election to Donald Trump, blamed Stein for being a spoiler in the race.

“Yeah, she’s a Russian asset – I mean, totally,” Clinton said of Stein in 2019. “They know they can’t win without a third-party candidate. So I don’t know who it’s going to be, but I will guarantee you they will have a vigorous third-party challenge in the key states that they most needed.”

Stein pushed back on that idea, calling it an “unhinged conspiracy theory.”

“I think this is a completely unhinged conspiracy theory for which there is absolutely no basis in fact, not for myself and not for Tulsi Gabbard,” Stein told CNN. “I think it’s really outrageous that Hillary Clinton is trying to promote this crazy idea.”

Stein was on the ballot in all 50 states in 2016 and got 1.06 percent of the vote.


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