Vote for the Green Team for Jackson County!                 

Our candidates for County office want to put the “public” into public service.

We are living in dangerous and challenging times – and county government is on the front lines. County government provides many vital services – ambulance, public health, public transportation, the civil and criminal justice systems, emergency management, hazardous waste collection and recycling, animal control, and more. We need to maintain the integrity and performance of these vital services even as federal and state financial support is limited. Yet at the same time, we must do everything we can to try to reduce the property tax and other tax burdens on our people.

That’s a tough balancing act. That is why we need to elect people to county office who have a demonstrated commitment to serving the public good, with integrity, responsibility, intelligence, hard work – and some fresh, creative thinking.

Putting the “public” into public service also means involving the public. We would like to see the public get more involved in their county government. We are committed to being accessible to our constituents, listening to your concerns and suggestions, and encouraging greater public participation, including in the budgetary process.

Below are the candidates we are putting forward to help improve Jackson County government. 

If you would like to make a donation:

Please send a check made out to "Shawnee Green Party" at P.O. Box 303, Carbondale, IL 62903. Indicate on the memo line if you want the donation to go to a particular candidate or divided among different candidates. For any donation over $500, please enclose a statement of your occupation and employer, to comply with state election disclosure law.

If you would like a yard sign for one or more candidates: 

Please e-mail [email protected] and include the address where you want the sign placed. We can also provide yard signs for our excellent candidate for State Rep (115th District), Randy Auxier and our presidential ticket of Howie Hawkins and Angela Walker.

Jessica Bradshaw for Circuit Clerk


Jessica Bradshaw is currently serving her second term on the Carbondale City Council. She has lived most of her life in Carbondale, and showed her interest in public service early on, as one of the Carbondale Conservation Cats. A CCHS graduate, she was also a Marching Terrier. She has worked at SIU since 2008, currently as an Office Administrator in the School of Electrical, Computer, and Biomedical Engineering. 

Jessica has nearly completed work on her Master's Degree in Public Administration at SIU, slated to graduate in May 2021. Her combination of practical office experience, educational training, and record on the Carbondale City Council make her uniquely qualified for the Office of Jackson County Circuit Clerk. She promises to work hard for the people of Jackson County, putting her interests and skills to work each and every day.

Joshua Hellmann for Jackson County Board, District 3


Joshua Hellmann was born in southern California, but Southern Illinois is where he feels most at home, having fallen in love with Little Egypt in the fifteen years since he first moved here. Joshua earned an Associates Degree from John A. Logan Community College in 2012, graduating with honors as a member of the Phi Theta Kappa honor society. He is a volunteer Skywarn Storm Spotter for the National Weather Service, an active supporter of the Southern Illinois Peace Coalition, and a current local party officer and former Precinct Committeeman of the Shawnee Green Party.


Rich Whitney for Jackson County Board, District 4



Rich Whitney is an attorney from Carbondale, Illinois, now working as an appellate public defender. A strong supporter of public mass transit, he currently serves as Vice-Chair for the Jackson County Mass Transit District. He is one of the founding members of the Illinois Green Party, served as the Party's first candidate for Governor and currently serves as a co-chair of the party. He is a steering committee member of Southern Illinoisans Against Fracturing our Environment (SAFE), a group devoted to the fight against fracking and other fossil fuel extraction. He is also an active participant in the Green Party Peace Action Committee, the Peace Coalition of Southern Illinois, the Chicago Committee Against War and Racism, the United National Antiwar Coalition, and the Illinois Coalition Against Fracking. He provides regular political commentary and is a volunteer DJ at community radio station WDBX, 91.1 FM, in Carbondale and has occasionally acted in community theater for The Stage Company.  


Charlie Howe for Jackson County Board District 6


Charlie Howe grew up in Carbondale, from 3rd grade through two years at SIU.  A four-year hitch in the military included two tours in Vietnam as a linguist. A lifetime of blue collar work followed that, but Charlie meanwhile earned Bachelor's degrees in Sociology and International Business from universities in California and Hawaii. A union job inspecting Boeing 747s in Seattle allowed retirement in 1998 and a return to Carbondale to be near his only sibling, brother Steve (a/k/a "Bunny"). Besides being a community activist and having run for political office from township to state representative, he cares for animals both wild and domestic, strives for a more eco-friendly society and helps maintain Snider Hill Cemetery where his parents are buried. He feels his experiences living in many areas around the world would be a boon during these challenging times as your representative on the Jackson County Board.

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