Green Party nominee Dr. Jill Stein visits Austin

Jill Stein in Austin (KXAN Photo/Todd Bynum)
Jill Stein in Austin (KXAN Photo/Todd Bynum)

AUSTIN (KXAN) — The Green Party’s nominee for President continues her Texas tour with a stop in Austin Monday.

Dr. Jill Stein will hold two events that are free and open to the public. The first stop will be at the Terrazas Branch Library on Cesar Chavez from 1 to 3 p.m. The second will be at Huston-Tillotson University in east Austin at 6:30 p.m.

The Pi Gamma Mu organization at Huston-Tillotson sent a request to all the Presidential candidates asking them to speak on campus and Dr. Stein was the only one who has accepted the offer.

During the last Presidential Election Dr. Stein was the Green Party nominee and only received 0.4 percent of the vote on Election Day. And while the Harvard Medical School physician and activist has never held public office – she has run in Massachusetts for Governor, House of Representatives, and Secretary of the Commonwealth under the Green Party.

For this election she is running on a platform of more renewable energy jobs, free higher education, and cutting U.S. military spending in half.

Victoria Amaya, a senior at Huston-Tillotson, helped organize her visit and is interested in hearing how her policies relate to Austin.

“I know she focuses a lot on social economics and environmental racism and we see that a lot especially on the east side of Austin and out towards Del Valle and the suburbs as we’re getting pushed this way more and more,” said Amaya.

Right now the Green Party nominee is not doing well in the polls. The latest NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll shows Hillary Clinton with an 11 point lead over Donald Trump who has 37 percent of the vote. That same poll shows Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson far behind with 7 percent  and Dr. Stein with 2 percent. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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