Dario Hunter 2020 presidential campaign

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On January 21, 2019, rabbi and member of the Youngstown, Ohio Board of Education, Dario Hunter announced the formation of an exploratory committee to consider running for the Green Party nomination in the 2020 United States presidential election.[1][2] On February 18, 2019, Hunter officially announced he would be running for president.[3] Hunter is currently the only Green elected officeholder in the State of Ohio and the only candidate in the Green Party presidential primary to hold elected office. [4][5]

2019 campaign developments

February 2019 launch

On January 21, 2019, Hunter officially announced the formation of an exploratory committee to prepare for a potential run in the 2020 Green Party presidential primaries.[1][2] Hunter stated that America's divisions and inequalities demanded "a real national conversation about how to change the direction of this country."[6]

Formal announcement

On February 18, 2019, Hunter officially announced his candidacy for the Green Party nomination during an event held in Pittsburgh.[7] The New Republic referred to Hunter as "as diverse as candidates come..."[8] Hunter stated to that publication, “If we want to cut through the lack of attention given [to Greens], we need someone who has a loud and clear voice and a tough skin." “It takes a tough skin to be an openly gay black son-of-an immigrant Jewish rabbi.”[8]

MTV.com highlighted his platform's inclusion of single-payer healthcare for all and "plans to transition the United States to renewable energy entirely." [9]

Firing from synagogue over position on Israel

Ohev Tzedek-Shaarei Torah, the Boardman, Ohio, synagogue where Hunter served as rabbi, fired him after his comments on Israel were published in a Cleveland.com article.[10][11] Hunter stated to Cleveland.com that he did "not believe the United States should be providing any form of aid to Israel or any human-rights abusers” and referred to Israel's treatment of Palestinians as "horribly atrocious".[12] The synagogue initially denied that his statements on Israel had anything to do with the decision, citing merely his choice to run for president and the time commitments involved.[13] The synagogue later affirmed that his statements on Israel had led to his termination.[14]

Hunter has made fighting anti-BDS laws a part of his campaign, telling German paper de:Jüdische Allgemeine, "We will fight the attempt to curtail our rights to freedom of expression through laws that ban the boycott of Israel and the criticism of its human rights violations." [15]

Alleged homophobic and anti-Muslim bias

Bruce Zoldan, CEO of Phantom Fireworks and board member of Ohev Tzedek-Shaarei Torah, stated in an email to the synagogue's board, "I will finance him if he promises to open and manage a gay bar for former Muslims with Jewish beliefs in Ramallah."[14] Hunter, an openly gay convert to Judaism from Islam, told The Vindicator that he was "shocked and saddened" by Zoldan's statement and called it "homophobic and anti-Muslim." [16]

Campaign Tour

Speaking to press in Carbondale, IL, Hunter criticized what he saw as the use of children as "political pawns" in addressing immigration issues at the border.[17] He called for better access to healthcare, a Bill of Rights for people of color and vowed to end privatization in school districts.[18]

Visit to Israel

Hunter visited Haifa, Israel the day before April Israeli elections to meet with Reem Hazzan, the campaign manager for the joint campaign of Hadash and Ta'al.[19] His visit generated press attention in both the US and Israel, with particular emphasis given to Hunter's advocacy for Palestinian rights and his reference to the area as 'Israel-Palestine,' a term also used in the Green Party's official platform.[20][21][22]


  1. 1.0 1.1 "Dario Hunter". https://www.facebook.com/dario4america/posts/538079473361193. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 Staff, WKBN (January 23, 2019). "Dario Hunter launches exploratory committee for Green Party presidential nomination". https://www.wkbn.com/news/local-news/dario-hunter-launches-exploratory-committee-for-green-party-presidential-nomination/1716201417. 
  3. Staff, WKBN (February 19, 2019). "Youngstown Board of Education member announces he's running for president". https://www.wkbn.com/news/local-news/youngstown-board-of-education-member-announces-he-s-running-for-president/1792725691. 
  4. Ohio Green Party  🌻 (May 6, 2018). "Yesterday morning Youngstown school board member Dario Hunter took a primary ballot for the Green Party, becoming the only current elected officeholder to be a member of the Green Party in Ohio.". https://twitter.com/OhioGreenParty/status/993159199293980678. 
  5. 2020 Green Party presidential primaries
  6. "Dario Hunter - Announcement of 2020 Exploratory Committee". January 21, 2019. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ujNlyAO3D3w. 
  7. Koziol, Brandon. "Youngstown Board of Education member announces 2020 run". http://www.wfmj.com/story/39984258/youngstown-board-of-education-member-announces-2020-run. 
  8. 8.0 8.1 "The Democrats Stole the Green Party’s Best Idea". The New Republic. February 22, 2019. Archived from the original on 2019-06-11. https://newrepublic.com/article/153127/democrats-stole-green-partys-best-idea. 
  9. "How to Keep Track of the Over 200 people Running for President". MTV.com. May 16, 2019. http://www.mtv.com/news/3115775/2020-presidential-election-hopefuls/. 
  10. Pelzer, Jeremy (February 27, 2019). "Green Party presidential hopeful says he was fired as rabbi because of Israel criticism". https://www.cleveland.com/politics/2019/02/green-party-presidential-hopeful-says-he-was-fired-as-rabbi-because-of-israel-criticism.html. 
  11. PinkFebruary 27, Aiden; Hunter, 2019Courtsey of Dario. "This Rabbi Was Fired And Has No Pulpit, But He's Running For President". https://forward.com/news/national/420051/rabbi-running-for-president-says-he-was-fired-by-synagogue-over-israel/. 
  12. Pelzer, Jeremy (February 19, 2019). "Youngstown School Board member Dario Hunter seeks Green Party presidential nomination". https://www.cleveland.com/politics/2019/02/youngstown-school-board-member-dario-hunter-seeks-green-party-presidential-nomination.html. 
  13. Oster, Marcy. "Ohio rabbi, Greens president candidate says shul fired him for Israel criticism". https://www.timesofisrael.com/rabbi-and-green-party-candidate-says-congregation-fired-him-for-israel-criticism/. 
  14. 14.0 14.1 Carroll, Ed. "Youngstown-area rabbi says he was fired over Israel comments". https://www.clevelandjewishnews.com/news/local_news/youngstown-area-rabbi-says-he-was-fired-over-israel-comments/article_2af98580-4050-11e9-90dc-73d06911a39f.html. 
  15. Killy, Daniel (May 29, 2019). "Rabbi for President". https://www.juedische-allgemeine.de/juedische-welt/rabbi-for-president/. 
  16. Zoldan, Bruce; Members, One of the Temple’s Most Well-Known. "Hunter says he's 'shocked and saddened' by 'bigoted' email from Zoldan". http://www.vindy.com/news/2019/mar/01/hunter-says-hes-shocked-and-saddened-bigoted-email/. 
  17. "Green Party Presidential Candidate Makes A Stop In Carbondale". https://news.wsiu.org/post/green-party-presidential-candidate-makes-stop-carbondale-0#stream/0. 
  18. "Green Party presidential candidate campaigns in Carbondale". WSIL. http://www.wsiltv.com/story/40700186/green-party-presidential-candidate-campaigns-in-carbondale. 
  19. "Rabbi and Green Party presidential hopeful visiting 'Israel-Palestine'". https://www.timesofisrael.com/rabbi-and-green-party-presidential-hopeful-visiting-israel-palestine/. 
  20. "Quick Reads Archive". https://www.jta.org/quick-reads. 
  21. "Hunter, Green Party presidential candidate, meets in Israel with political party leader". http://www.vindy.com/news/2019/apr/09/hunter-meets-with-party-leader-is-israel/. 
  22. "Youngstown rabbi and Green Party presidential hopeful visiting 'Israel-Palestine'". https://www.jta.org/quick-reads/youngstown-rabbi-and-green-party-presidential-hopeful-visiting-israel-palestine. 

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