Ken and Erin

Ken and Erin

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Notes From the Trail 8/6/10-8/26/10

Danene Provencer, Campaign Coodinator and Heidi volunteering at the State Fair on the first day, celebrating Women's Equality Day.


It was great day - I stopped at the huge Uptown Art Fair and talk to some of the masses. Then to the fundraiser at the Walker. Unfortunately, it was a small turnout but the passion of our core group of organizers proved, just like the petition drive, they can see a project through.

The band Aitas came all the way from Staples (a few of them got lost in the way) and sounded great, Erin was a natural on the mic, we ate delicious food, and raised a little over $600.


On my way to the Uptown Farmer's Market I stopped at the beaches and for the next few hours engaged in conversation with many interesting people amid the sweltering heat, creamy air, and playful sounds.

Then the storms rolled in.


I first stopped at the beaches of Cedar Lake and had a variety of good conversations. The relaxed crowd seemed excited to talk up the ecological economy and the need for decentralized political power. Let's see if it bears any fruit.

Then onto the Pizza Luce Block Party where there were many hip people in their teens and early twenties sitting in the park. I did talk to one group who were kids from coal country USA, and what started out as a friendly conversation turned as toxic as a slurry pond from a Kentucky coal mine. This, even after I turned on my diplomacy. Needless to say, we don't have their vote. One sour interaction will not taint many positive ones.

Then the rains came and I was out of there.


It was a beautiful day as I grabbed the Cedar Trail and stopped at Hidden Beach; it was a great stop with radical minds looking for change. From there it was over to the Uptown Farmer's Market for a couple of hours, then the Wedge until sunset. It was a exhilarating day. I talked to about 200 people. The rap is getting better, more focused and effective. Let's hope the ideas we plant will germinate, and if we keep up the organizing the Party should grow mighty roots.


From 11-12 our campaign got mentioned on MPR.


I did a half hour on KFAI Catalyst with Lydia Howell. To hear the interview follow the link:


Kelsey met me at the Uptown Farmer's Market. It was a hot day. We worked the Market for a short time then biked over to Lake Calhoun to talk to people sitting on the shore. Most were open to our rap. After Kelsey left and I continued on to the Harriet Band Shell just as the Led Zepplin cover band was ending. It was a crowd mostly set in their political ways. One grizzled old biker insisted that we had to have a new Viking stadium over everything else.

"It creates revenue. Look at the Twins Stadium: A-Rod had to pay $300,000 in Minnesota taxes."

I explained to him that I was a sports fan but, for me, the stadium was not a priority but rather a societal luxury. He still could not come to terms with the idea of restoring our habitat or housing for the homeless being more important than feeding a billionaire's bottom line.

Go to the website to donate:


We're now at the State Fair and Danene has the booth looking great and well organized. We have a variety of t-shirts and buttons. There's a consistent flow of people who are seeing the Party for the first time. Many political seeds are being planted.

Look for the Ken Pentel for Governor booth on Nelson Street near the DNR performance stage. I'll be at the Fair everyday.

There are some recent photos from the fair attached.

Donations are needed to raise money for the booth.

Also, go to the website where you can print flyer's then go door-to-door talking to your neighbors about the campaign, post them at businesses, and bring them to gatherings.

You can contact the Media and ask them to cover the campaign, call in to talk shows or write some words to the press. This campaign is about the power of ideas.



Erin Wallace, running for Lt. Governor and Treasurer of the Ecology Democracy Party, showing off the new t-shirt design in the State Fair booth.

Kelsey Miller, Chair of the Ecology Democracy Party peering out of the State Fair Booth.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Campaign Events

An updated events list is here:

Minnesota State Fair
Thursday, August 26th - Monday September 6th -

The newly formed, Ecology Democracy Party's candidates, Ken Pentel for Governor and Erin Wallace for Lt. Governor will be making their debut at the Minnesota State Fair this year.

In twelve days they will have a great opportunity to introduce the public to the mandates and platform of the Ecology Democracy Party (see Issues page on The public will also be able to Meet the Candidates, with the schedule below specifying the dates and times.

Meet the Candidates - Ecology Democracy Party

Ken Pentel for Governor and Erin Wallace for Lt. Gov

Ken and Erin will be at the Minnesota State Fair booth on the following days:

August 26 - Meet Ken from 1p - 5p
August 27 - Meet Ken from 1p - 5p
August 28 - Meet Erin from 1p - 5p
August 29 - Meet Ken and Erin from 1p - 5p
August 30 - Meet Erin from 9a - 5p and Ken from 5p - 9p
August 31 - Meet Ken from 1p - 5p
Sept 1 - Meet Ken from 5p - 9p
Sept 2 - Meet Ken from 1p - 5p
Sept 3 - Meet Ken from 1p - 5p
Sept 4 - Meet Ken from 5p - 9p
Sept 5 - Meet Ken from 1p - 5p
Sept 6 - Meet Ken from 1p - 5p

The booth is located on Nelson St., just east of the DNR pond area. Stop by and say "Hi!", and let us know how you like our great posters and handouts. Also, the following merchandise will be available to purchase:

Campaign buttons, Ken Pentel interview DVD, Peace Earrings, Books, Campaign Honey and t-shirts.

No time like the present to build a third party for Minnesota and it's voters!

Sunday, August 15, 2010

State Fair Booth Volunteer Shifts

Hello Pentel for Governor supporters,
The countdown is on and there are only 10 days left until the MN State Fair starts. We have a prime location on Nelson Street next to the DNR building and are finalizing details to make a great presentation at the fair.
As many of you may know, it is difficult for a third party candidate to get much visibility during an election cycle. The fair is an opportunity to provide education/outreach to over 1.7 million people in 12 days. This is where your help is needed.
The following is a list of shifts still available to staff the Ken Pentel for Governor booth. Feel free to call me if you can help out with a four hour shift. Discount tickets can be obtained at Cub Foods for $9 before Aug 25th, normal admission is $11.

Check out the State Fair website at for information on bus transportation and events that you may want to attend before or after your shift. Thanks to all the volunteers who have already committed to a shift.
State Fair shifts available:
Friday, Aug 27 9a - 1p and 5p - 9p
Tues, Aug 31 (ticket deal day, $9 at the gate) 9a - 1p, 1p - 9p
Wed, Sept 1 (read & ride day - present valid library card, admission $9) 9a - 1p (2 shifts), 1p - 5p
Thurs, Sept 2 (senior day - $6 if 65 or older) 1p - 5p, 5p - 9p
Friday, Sept 3 9a - 1p
Sat, Sept 4 9a - 1p
Sun, Sept 5 9a - 1p, 5p - 9p
Mon, Sept 6 (Labor Day, kids day, $6 for 5-12 yr. olds) 1p - 5p, 5p - 9p
Each shift will have two people scheduled. If you don't see a shift listed above that you prefer, feel free to call me anyway.
Yes We Ken!
Danene Provencher
Co-campaign manager
Ken Pentel for Governor

Sunday, August 1, 2010

August 6th Campaign Event

August 6th

Help Us Make the Change

Ken Pentel for Governor ~ Silent Auction and Fundraiser

Are you tired of politics as usual in Minnesota? Do you believe that we have a responsibility to our Earth and future generations?

Let's get together!

On August 6th the Ecology Democracy Party will host a Silent Auction and Fundraiser for the Ken Pentel for Governor campaign at the Walker Community Church in Minneapolis from 6 to 9 pm. Meet Ken and hear how together we can bring proportional representation to the Minnesota House so that all viewpoints are represented in our government, how bringing ecologically sane industries to Minnesota will help heal our planet and revive our economy, and how getting corporate sponsorship of our legislature will inevitably lead us into a future where a healthy and educated citizenship will thrive!

There will be food, music, and like-minded people. Expect to have some fun and make a difference.

Friday August 6th - 6 - 9 pm.
Walker Community Church

3104 16th Ave. S.

Mpls, MN

**If you can volunteer time or items for the silent auction for the event (goods, services, crafts, art, homemade food, etc), your help would be greatly appreciated! Please contact Kristen at for more information.

If you cannot make the event but can donate $5, $10, $50, or any amount to the campaign, please mail to:

Ken Pentel for Governor

P.O. Box 3872

Minneapolis, MN 55403

Candidate Questionnaire for Forum of Fargo-Moorhead Newspaper

Why are you running for Governor?

Because I love the beauty and culture of Minnesota and I want to take responsibility to improve Minnesota where decision-makers of the past and present have not and do not.

On becoming Governor I would transition Minnesota to a mature democracy and a more self-reliant energy and food producing state, utilizing the rich resources and strengthening local economies which would improve the health of Minnesota and the whole bioregion.

What experience makes you qualified?

This is my 4th time to be on the Ballot for Governor

I lobbied on and off at the Minnesota State Capitol for 18 years, and have been preparing for the job.

I feel the two most important criteria for being Governor:

1. Are the initial judgments and mandates of the candidate relevant?

2. Is the candidate prepared to fulfill the role of Governor?

I feel I have the most relevant mandates and I'm ready to serve the people of Minnesota as their Governor.


  1. Establish an ecology-based economy for Minnesota where we will measure the health of the economy based upon the health of the natural resources. We will move from the growth economic model to a steady-state economy, and from the gross domestic product(GDP) to ecological whole-cost accounting.

  2. Establish a Minnesota Currency at zero interest to stabilize the economy and make the currency available for sustainable and socially just purposes.

  3. Implement proportional representation for the Minnesota House of Representatives. Move away from single member winner-take-all districts to voting regions, so, “if your party or candidate gets 10% of the vote you get 10% of the seats”. This reflects the values of the voter more honestly

  4. Remove Big Money and Corporate interference in the people's Government by full public funding of elections, free airtime, and ending corporate personhood and the absurd notion that money equals speech.


My budget priorities will reflect a healthy ecosystem, better democracy, and less economic stress for those in poverty. Below are a few revenue streams:

  1. Print a Minnesota Currency and/or vouchers to pay for the budget shortfall: $5 billion

  2. Go back to the Minnesota 1977 tax rates: Approximately $7 billion

  3. Charge a water fee at 1-2 cents/gallon on big users*: Approximately $2 billion

  4. A pollution tax from air and water emissions: Yet to be determined

Utilizing ecological whole-cost accounting we cut externalities, such as: asthma from oil, unaccounted for nuclear waste, climate disruption, cancer, and many effects not in the bottom line of our economy. In the transition to an ecological economy there are a variety of positive outcomes, for example in local job creation and billions of $$ recycling in Minnesota that normally leave the state. Then the cost of government and taxes naturally comes down and we reduce our ethical deficit by not dumping our problems on future generations.

*This would mostly be for big users in industry and agriculture not residential small-time users. The DNR monitors big water users and receives a small fee but nothing that would curtail excess water use by the utilities, paper companies, ethanol and chemical manufacturers. I called for this in 2002 and had Boise Cascade on my case.

It's time we closed the loop on big water users.


Look to previous question for revenue.

The most important thing we can do in education is remedy the patterns that have lead us to pillage and plunder the non-human world. This has left ALL living creatures in earth in peril. So, we must be honest and first reexamine education as either a way to subdue the instincts of the young into compliance with the dysfunctional patterns that have lead us to this point or liberate them through adjusting the curriculum and our/their expectations so they are given the information, tools, and practices to literally solve the problems we are leaving them.

I would emphasize the needed shift to a holistic form of education in greater ecological and civic understanding, arts, physical fitness, apprenticeships, and strengthening intergenerational relationships.

We will create a learning environment in Minnesota where higher education is free so we can adapt to achieving the the most sustainable region and mature democracy in the world.


A job for jobs sake is not what I will focus on. There are some jobs it is better to pay people not to do because it is costing us more than benefiting us.

Through an ecological economy and a more mature democracy we will be retraining and retooling, creating 2-10 times more jobs in a variety of sectors such as:

  • Efficient renewable energy on a house-by-house building-by-building basis.

  • Local sustainable organic farming that leads to diversified value-added products.

  • Rezoning and construction for walkable, bicycle, train, and bus planned cities.

  • Small-scale sustainable logging and value added wood products.

In the transition to an ecological economy we will be investing in less wasteful systems leading to an overall lower cost of living. We then need less hours to provide our basic needs. Less needed work hours will free us up to be whole people, with more time for family, friends, civic and creative time.

This gives you a sense of where I will be leading.

Ken Pentel for Governor
P.O. Box 3872
Minneapolis, MN 55403