Good government groups and Asian-American advocacy organizations are going to be hosting a candidate forum in a week and a half for New York’s 6th Congressional District, and one name on the flier stands out a little: Green Party candidate Evergreen Chou.
While his candidacy itself has already been well-established, Mr. Chou stands out in some other ways. For example, the lead line on the profile on his campaign website states, “Evergreen is an OX for the People, a phrase that symbolized a honest politician.” Another unique part reads, “Evergreen and his wife DayStar, have been married for 23 years.”
Mr. Chou is a little bit of a perennial candidate, having run on the Green Party line for local offices in 2001, 2002, 2004, 2006 and 2008. This year, however, the Green Party is slightly less marginalized than usual. This is because in the 2010 election, the party’s gubernatorial candidate secured 50,000 votes, granting their party an automatic party like much like the Working Families Party or the Conservative Party.
The congressional district Mr. Chou is seeking to represent is fairly Democratic leaning, but if the Republican candidate, Councilman Dan Halloran, pulls out a victory, he might be helped by having extra candidates in the race to siphon off votes from whoever the Democratic nominee ultimately is.