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Alyson Kennedy

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Alyson Kennedy
Personal details
Born (1950-06-11) June 11, 1950 (age 72)
Indianapolis, Indiana, U.S.
Political partySocialist Workers

Alyson Kennedy (born June 11, 1950) is an American activist and member of the Socialist Workers Party (SWP). She was a candidate in the 2019 Dallas mayoral election. She was the SWP's nominee for Vice President in the 2008 United States presidential election, President in the 2016 United States presidential election as well as their nominee for president in 2020.


Early life and candidacies

Originally from Indianapolis, Kennedy joined the socialist movement in 1973 in Louisville, Kentucky. She has worked in coal mines in Alabama, Colorado, Utah, and West Virginia. Today she works at a Walmart in Dallas.[1]

In 1977 she ran as the SWP candidate for mayor of Cleveland, Ohio against incumbent Republican Ralph Perk, garnering 1,225 votes and losing by a wide margin to Dennis Kucinich.[2] She first joined the United Mine Workers of America (UMWA) in 1981, and was one of the leaders of a strike in Utah 2004,[3] also being involved in litigation.[4] In 2000, she ran for the United States Senate from Missouri as a certified write-in candidate. She and one other certified write-in candidate combined for 13 votes (out of nearly 2.4 million votes cast).[5]

2008 presidential election

As the vice-presidential nominee of two parties, Kennedy ran a campaign focused on the youth.[6] There were two different candidates at the head of the ticket, Roger Calero and James Harris; Harris was an alternate in some states because Calero was constitutionally ineligible because he is a lawful permanent resident of the United States (holding a green card), and not a US citizen. They were the first pair to qualify for the ballot in Louisiana[7] Calero/Kennedy won 5,127 votes and Harris/Kennedy 2,424.[8]

2016 presidential election

On February 12, 2016, Kennedy was announced as the nominee for president on the Socialist Workers Party ticket alongside Osborne Hart.[9] Kennedy is the second woman to be the presidential nominee of the SWP, following Linda Jenness.[10] She was on the ballot in eight states: Utah, Louisiana, Colorado, Maine, Minnesota, Tennessee, Washington and New Jersey.[11] The ticket received 11,743 out of almost 137 million votes cast.

2019 Dallas mayoral election

In January 2019, Kennedy declared her candidacy in the 2019 Dallas mayoral election,[12] advocating for the improvement of the public transit system, a public jobs program to provide "union-scale wages", and for the Dallas Police Department to address claims of police brutality, pointing to the murder of Botham Jean as an example of such claims.[12] She received 469 votes (0.58% of the vote) which placed her last among the candidates running.

2020 presidential election

In February 2020, Kennedy was announced as her party's nominee for president. Her vice-presidential nominee is Malcolm Jarrett, an African-American activist and cook from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.[13] The two kicked off their campaign with speeches at campaign headquarters in Dallas on February 8. The ticket received 6,791 votes, out of 158 million votes cast.


  1. ^ Shinneman, Shawn (February 5, 2020). "Behold the Dallas-Based Underdog Candidate of the 2020 Presidential Election". D Magazine. Retrieved February 16, 2020.
  2. ^ "Cleveland Election Upsets Perk". Daytona Beach Morning Journal. Vol. 53, no. 238. October 5, 1977. Retrieved January 18, 2010.
  3. ^ Erickson, Tiffany (July 3, 2004). "Miners plan to return to their jobs". Deseret News. Retrieved January 18, 2010.
  4. ^ "INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF UNITED WORKERS UNION v. United Mine Workers of America, Dist. Court, D. Utah, Central Div. 2005". Retrieved January 18, 2010.
  5. ^ Sloca, Paul (November 4, 2000). "State election officials seek to clarify Carnahan". Southeast Missourian. 4A. Retrieved January 18, 2010.
  6. ^ Russell, Julia (October 24, 2008). "Airing 'Excluded' Third Party Views". The Diamondback. Archived from the original on February 27, 2012. Retrieved January 18, 2010.
  7. ^ Chacko, Sarah (August 12, 2008). "Socialist Workers Party runs presidential candidate in La". The Advocate. 8A. Retrieved January 18, 2010.
  8. ^ "2008 Official Presidential General Election Results" (PDF). January 22, 2009.
  9. ^ "Join the Socialist Workers Party 2016 US presidential campaign!". The Militant. Retrieved February 13, 2016.
  10. ^ Winger, Richard (February 13, 2016). "Socialist Workers Party Announces National Ticket". Retrieved February 13, 2016.
  11. ^ Powell, Chris (August 3, 2016). "Who is on the presidential ballot where?". Medium. Retrieved September 9, 2016.
  12. ^ a b "A 2016 presidential candidate is running for Dallas mayor". Dallas News. January 14, 2019. Retrieved January 16, 2019.
  13. ^ "Meet the SWP candidates: Alyson Kennedy & Malcolm Jarrett". No. Vol. 85. No. 5. The Militant. February 1, 2020. Retrieved February 16, 2020.

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Vice Presidential

Succeeded by
Preceded by Socialist Workers Party nominee for
President of the United States

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