By Karen Chan
With the public spotlight on Mitt Romney and Barack Obama, it is easy to forget that there is a third candidate: Jill Ellen Stein is the presidential runner-up for the Green Party, and she is on the ballot, too.
Stein is a third-party nominee from the Green Party. She has beenendorsed by linguist, author and activist Noam Chomsky and by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and war correspondent Chris Hedges.
On her official election website, the Green Party says that “Another U.S. is possible, another party is necessary.” The Green Party’s primary focus in the election is to offer change and a new choice for U.S. voters. For years, the position of the president has been occupied by either a Democrat and Republican. Stein’s decision to be one of the candidates was fueled by a mock election where she earned 27 percent of the total votes followed by Obama (39 percent) and Romney (33 percent).
Stein has built up her political reputation for years. In July 2012, she chose the anti-poverty activist Cheri Honkala as her running mate.
“Voters will not be forced to choose between two servants of Wall Street in the upcoming election. Now we know there will be a third candidate on the ballot who is a genuine champion of working people,” said Stein after she was approved to be the presumptive Green Party nominee in June 2012.
However with the election around the corner, Stein seems to be dropping further behind her rivals. She was even arrested during the second presidential debate on October 16 when she tried to enter Hofstra University. Her chances to winning seem slim, but that has not deterred her.