Hayes is Green Party can­di­date for Dis­trict 2 com­mis­sioner

Cam­paign based on ‘moral val­ues that the Green Party has to of­fer’

Maryland Independent - - News - By PAUL LAGASSE pla­gasse@somd­news.com Twit­ter: @PaulIndyNews

Charles County res­i­dent Stan­ley Hayes said that he had not planned to run for of­fice un­til the op­por­tu­nity lit­er­ally ap­peared at his front door.

“This came knock­ing on my door,” Stan­ley said. “These peo­ple asked me if I was a Green Party mem­ber, and I asked, what is that? They talked to me for a bit and I said, OK, let’s have some kind of rep­re­sen­ta­tion.”

A res­i­dent of Charles County for 27 years, Hayes de­scribes him­self as a grand­fa­ther to four grand­daugh­ters and an “anti-war Viet­nam vet­eran,” hav­ing served in the United States Air Force for a year in that coun­try dur­ing the war.

Hayes is run­ning for Dis­trict 2 Com­mis­sioner as the Green Party’s nom­i­nated can­di­date. He will be fac­ing Demo­cratic can­di­date Thomasina “Sina” Coates, a federal in­for­ma­tion tech­nol­ogy man­ager and lo­cal busi­ness owner.

There are no Repub­li­can can­di­dates run­ning for the Dis­trict 2 seat, which rep­re­sents west­ern Charles County on the Board of County Com­mis­sion­ers.

Hayes said that he is mo­ti­vated to run be­cause he is con­cerned about to­day’s po­lit­i­cal climate, which he de­scribes as a “de-mob-racy.”

“Even though it’s a mi­nor­ity party, the Green Party is the only moral party that I’ve iden­ti­fied,” Hayes said. He said he is bas­ing his cam­paign on “the moral val­ues that the Green Party has to of­fer to the en­tire com­mu­nity, nation,

The 10 key val­ues of the Green Party in the United States, which are shared by the party’s state and lo­cal branches, are a fo­cus on grass­roots democ­racy, so­cial jus­tice and equal op­por­tu­nity, eco­log­i­cal wis­dom, non­vi­o­lence, de­cen­tral­iza­tion, com­mu­nity-based eco­nom­ics, fem­i­nism and gender eq­uity, world [and] uni­verse.” re­spect for di­ver­sity, per­sonal and global re­spon­si­bil­ity, and “fu­ture fo­cus” and sus­tain­abil­ity.

“Ev­ery­thing in this pol­icy is ba­si­cally where I’m com­ing from,” Hayes said. “It is the only sen­si­ble means to con­serve hu­man life [and] pro­tect the earth.”

Two of the is­sues that Hayes plans to fo­cus on in his cam­paign are bet­ter drug treat­ment poli­cies and ed­u­ca­tion.

“We have a drug prob­lem that has to be ad­dressed, not so much in a crim­i­nal way, but in a med­i­cal and health way,” he said.

“We need to elim­i­nate the crim­i­nal as­pect of ad­dic­tion [and] find a way to ad­dress these peo­ple’s in­di­vid­ual needs.”

With re­gard to ed­u­ca­tion, Hayes would like to see changes that fo­cus more on the de­vel­op­ment of stu­dents as in­di­vid­u­als.

“I’d like to see a fo­cus on ed­u­ca­tion from the as­pect of re­spect­ing [stu­dents’] own in­di­vid­ual hu­man­ity, in the sense of their be­ing aware of the qual­ity of life has to of­fer with­out hav­ing to face the den­i­gra­tion of all of the eco­nomic, so­cial and racial as­pects,” Hayes said.

“There needs to be more in the way of de­vel­op­ing their hu­man tal­ents,” he added. “Ev­ery­one has hu­man tal­ents that need to be ex­pressed.”

One way that could hap­pen, he sug­gested, was to more closely tie ed­u­ca­tion in with cur­rent events in the county.

For ex­am­ple, stu­dents could learn about en­vi­ron­men­tal preser­va­tion ef­forts such as the Wa­ter­shed Con­ser­va­tion Dis­trict test­ing their by drink­ing wa­ter at home.

Hayes said that the mis­sion of the Mary­land Green Party, which is to “re­new democ­racy in Mary­land through com­mu­nity-based or­ga­niz­ing, with­out sup­port from cor­po­rate donors,” by pro­vid­ing “real so­lu­tions to real prob­lems,” re­flects how he plans to cam­paign.

“I will prob­a­bly be knock­ing on doors in the lo­cal com­mu­nity to let it be known that there is an­other al­ter­na­tive to po­lit­i­cal rep­re­sen­ta­tion,” he said.

As he talks to peo­ple, Hayes said that he will fo­cus on how the Green Party’s val­ues can im­prove res­i­dents’ qual­ity of life.

“I want to fo­cus on mak­ing [Charles County] a bet­ter place for us to live,” he said.

STAFF PHOTO BY PAUL LAGASSE

Stan­ley Hayes is the Green Party’s nom­i­nee for Dis­trict 2 county com­mis­sioner.

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