The following is an excerpt from The Asbury Park Press originally published on November 1, 2016
The pastor of a borough church has been selected as the Green Party of New Jersey’s 2017 gubernatorial candidate.
The Rev. Seth Kaper-Dale, co-pastor of the Reformed Church of Highland Park and a champion of social justice causes, was announced as the party’s candidate Monday.
“We are extremely proud to have Seth Kaper-Dale at the top of our slate of candidates in next year’s statewide elections,” said Julie Saporito-Acuña, chair of the Green Party of New Jersey. “Through his sincere and impassioned devotion to ideals that the Green Party of New Jersey holds dear, we hope to focus the discourse of next year’s election cycle on the issues that other parties have neglected for far too long.”
Kaper-Dale is set to be formally introduced as the party’s candidate 6:30 p.m. Friday at the Green Party Town Hall event featuring the party’s presidential candidate, Dr. Jill Stein, at the Conference Center in University Hall, Montclair State University. Kaper-Dale will be featured along with other Green Party candidates.
Kaper-Dale, a longtime Democrat, said he began thinking about running for governor in 2013, when he felt Democrats didn’t fully rally around Barbara Buono’s gubernatorial candidacy. He also felt it was time for the state to move beyond a two-party system.