I have chosen to run with the Green Party because I believe in and stand by the core principles of the Greens. We are a party that is willing to engage with anyone who will work us. This is far more attractive to me than the typical party politics that have well-meaning elected officials "toe-ing the party line" on issues they don't agree with. Greens encourage and use diversity of thought within its membership. I like that. Diversity is key, in all arenas. The Greens stand firm for social justice, ecological wisdom, respect for diversity, sustainability, participatory democracy and non-violence. These are core values I share with the party and thus the Greens seem right choice for me.
Though I have followed politics closely, I have never officially affiliated with a political party of any kind, before now. I am a learner in this process and there are challenges to that. I also bring fresh eyes and fresh perspective to the arena. So far, it feels helpful to have that perspective.