The New York gubernatorial race is headlined by Governor Andrew Cuomo and Marc Molinaro, who debated on Tuesday. Three of the third party candidates, Larry Sharpe, Howie Hawkins, and Stephanie Miner, were not invited to the debate.
To help voters at the ballot box, 18 News, your local election headquarters, has information on the third-party candidates looking to make a push in the gubernatorial race.
Larry Sharpe of the Libertarian Party is a businessman, management consultant and, former Marine. A native New Yorker, Sharpe started both a distribution and trucking company.
Sharpe also works as an executive coach and management consultant, mentoring entrepreneurs, executives, and companies in leadership and team building skills.
He’s been a teacher and guest instructor at universities such as Yale, Columbia, and John Jay College, focusing on English, management, and business.
Sharpe’s initiatives include limiting interference with wages, keep regulation of the 2nd amendment within the bounds of the Constitution, and reforming the Mass Transit Authority.
Sharpe believes it is time for the taxpayers in New York to regain control of their dollars and representation.
For more information, visit his official campaign website.
Howie Hawkins of the Green Party is a self-described socialist “who believes in self-organization, independent political action, and international solidarity by the working class and oppressed people for full political and economic democracy.”
A member of “The Movement” in the 1960s in San Francisco, Hawkins enlisted in the Marines when his draft number was called in 1972. He remains a member of Vietnam Veterans Against the War as well as a member of the American Legion Dunbar Post 1642 in Syracuse.
Hawkins is currently the Secretary for the Eat To Live Food Cooperative and Treasurer for the Southside Community Coalition,
As the Green Party’s candidate for Governor of New York in 2010 and 2014, he campaigned for a ban on fracking, 100% clean energy by 2030, single-payer healthcare, an end to Governor Cuomo’s test-punish-privatize-and-segregate education agenda, and for progressive taxes and revenue sharing.
For more information visit his official campaign website.
Stephanie Miner of the SAM (Serve America Movement) Party believes “it’s time for those in office to remember they work for the citizens of New York, not for themselves.”
A two-term Mayor of Syracuse, Miner spurred economic development; directed the rebuilding of local infrastructure; and created open data policies to fight corruption through increased voter transparency and better access to information.
Prior to holding public office, Miner worked for ten years as a labor attorney and as Syracuse Common Councilor she helped institute the “Say Yes to Education” program, which offered free or reduced college tuition for all graduates of Syracuse public high schools.
Miner served as the Central New York Regional Representative for Governor Mario Cuomo in 1994 and Upstate Coordinator for Geraldine Ferraro’s 1992 U.S. Senate campaign.
Miner plans to crush corruption, invest in New York’s future with infrastructure, and battle homelessness.
For more information, visit her official campaign website.