Peter Camejo on Government Reform

2004 former Reform Party nominee for Vice President; previously Candidate for CA Governor

One-person-one-vote needs a multi-party system

The one person, one vote issue has faced a long uphill battle in US history. While often accepted as the goal of democracy, many US institutions-such as the Electoral College & the US Senate-reject the concept of one person, one vote. The Avocado Education Project seeks to learn from the experience of the majority of nations holding elections under multi-party systems, whose laws protect one-person one-vote and where the juridical electoral forms favoring a two-party system have been rejected.
Source: The Avocado Declaration, by Peter Miguel Camejo Jan 1, 2004

Empower the local governments

Our county governments are starved for money right now. Most of the money they received is already allocated. The county supervisors have almost no power at all. The fact is about half of their discretionary money was taken away and then when we had surpluses in the budget of the state, instead of giving it back to the counties, they refused to. Counties start looking at their pension fund as a big pile of money that maybe they can somehow solve their budget problems by not making the payments that they should be making. So what we need to do is give that money back. We have to empower the local governments. We have to give them more freedom. We have to look at these issues more carefully. All supervisors are feeling for lack of funding to be able to carry out the important tasks they do, including preventive medical, the healthcare that if we cut those, we'll end up paying more because that simply becomes a problem in the emergency room.
Source: Recall Debate, Cal. State Univ. at Sacramento Sep 24, 2003

Open political system with IRV and proportional assembly

The Green Party wants to open up the electoral system. Look at the debate today. Do you want to go back to the day when there are only two people heard?

If a person gets 20% of the vote, they should get 20% of the assembly, the way it is all over the world, except in America. We have a 200-year dysfunctional, money-dominated, winner-take-all system.

We need to have runoffs and instant runoff voting, so that the will of the electorate is respected. The recall election is the perfect example.

Source: Recall debate in Walnut Creek Sep 3, 2003

Encourage volunteerism and political activism

Q: Political participation remains extremely low. How do you inspire the public to "get involved"?

A: I've addressed volunteerism with the Southwest Voter Registration Education Project. I've always encouraged people to vote, and not just for the Green Party, but to vote and become politically active. People come up to me after hearing me speak and tell me that I've inspired them to want to get involved in activism.

Source: Eastern Groups Publications, CA Gov. Q&A, with Raul Vasquez Nov 2, 2002

Green's contributions for message; Dem-Rep's for investments

Contributions from individuals are essential for the Green Party and other small parties what allow us to grow and reach voters with our message. These contributions come from individuals who believe in what we are doing and who want to see us expand our work and our message. But what the Democrats and Republicans get are not contributions, but investments. They are expecting something in return for their investments, and that is absolutely sickening.
Source: Eastern Groups Publications, CA Gov. Q&A, with Raul Vasquez Nov 2, 2002

Full disclosure, spending limits, & state campaign finance

Source: Vote-Smart.org 2002 National Political Awareness Test Jul 1, 2002

Supports IRV, on-line voting, & same-day registration

Camejo says, "Hold runoffs for state-level offices. Use instant runoff voting system."
Source: Vote-Smart.org 2002 National Political Awareness Test Jul 1, 2002

Other governors on Government Reform: Peter Camejo on other issues:
AK Frank Murkowski
AL Bob Riley
AR Mike Huckabee
AZ Janet Napolitano
CA Arnold Schwarzenegger
CO Bill Owens
CT Jodi Rell
DE Ruth Ann Minner
FL Jeb Bush
GA Sonny Perdue
HI Linda Lingle
IA Tom Vilsack
ID Dirk Kempthorne
IL Rod Blagojevich
IN Mitch Daniels
KS Kathleen Sebelius
KY Ernie Fletcher
LA Kathleen Blanco
MA Mitt Romney
MD Bob Ehrlich
ME John Baldacci
MI Jennifer Granholm
MN Tim Pawlenty
MO Matt Blunt
MS Haley Barbour
MT Brian Schweitzer
NC Mike Easley
ND John Hoeven
NE Dave Heineman
NH John Lynch
NJ Jon Corzine
NM Bill Richardson
NV Kenny Guinn
NY George Pataki
OH Bob Taft
OK Brad Henry
OR Ted Kulongoski
PA Ed Rendell
RI Don Carcieri
SC Mark Sanford
SD Mike Rounds
TN Phil Bredesen
TX Rick Perry
UT Jon Huntsman
VA Tim Kaine
VT Jim Douglas
WA Christine Gregoire
WI Jim Doyle
WV Joe Manchin III
WY Dave Freudenthal
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