Eugene Puryear

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Eugene Puryear
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Personal details
Born (1986-02-28) February 28, 1986 (age 32)
Charlottesville, Virginia, U.S.
Political party D.C. Statehood Green Party,
Party for Socialism and Liberation
Alma mater Howard University
Occupation Journalist, activist

Eugene Puryear (born February 28, 1986 in Charlottesville, Virginia) is an American activist and politician. In 2014 he was a candidate for the At-Large seat in the DC Council with the D.C. Statehood Green Party and in the 2008 United States presidential election was the vice presidential nominee of the Party for Socialism and Liberation (PSL).[1]

Campaign for Washington, D.C. City Council

In 2014, Puryear ran as a D.C. Statehood Green Party candidate for the At-Large City Council seat held at the time by Anita Bonds.[2] His campaign put forward a 10-point program, which describes some policy positions taken by Puryear. On April 1, 2014, Puryear won the party's nomination, defeating G. Lee Aikin, 67.3% to 25.1%.[3] On November 4, 2014, Puryear placed fifth out of 14 candidates in the general election.[4]


Puryear studied at Howard University, where became a lead organizer with the anti-war ANSWER coalition[5] and has helped organize large protests against the Israeli blockade of Gaza.[6] He also writes for the PSL's newspaper and journal. Puryear and the ANSWER coalition were involved in the campaign to free the Jena 6.[7] As a freshman at Howard in 2005, Puryear was interviewed by the Washington Post as an "activist-in-training" and cited his engagement with activism against gentrification, racism, the US occupation of Iraq and other issues.[8] In November 2010, RT interviewed Puryear regarding socialism in the United States.

Vice presidential campaigns

In 2008, Puryear ran on the Party for Socialism and Liberation's ticket alongside presidential nominee Gloria La Riva. The La Riva/Puryear slate was on the ballot in six states and received 6,818 total votes.[9]

In July 2015, Puryear was announced as the running mate of Gloria La Riva, the PSL 2016 presidential nominee.[10]


  1. Meet Eugene Puryear at, accessed 9 June 2008,
  2. Sommer, Will (January 30, 2014). "Ward Candidates Meet in First Debate". Washington City Paper. Retrieved 24 February 2014. 
  3. April 1, 2014 Primary Election Results
  4. November 4, 2014 General Election Results
  5. Johnson, Jenna (August 16, 2007). "Antiwar Group Refuses To Back Down on Signs". Washington Post. Retrieved 18 November 2011. 
  6. "Thousands descend on White House to protest Gaza war". Agence France-Presse. January 9, 2009. Retrieved 18 November 2011. 
  7. Simmons, Christine. "'Jena 6' protesters demand action by Justice Department". The Herald Journal. Associated Press. Retrieved 18 November 2011. 
  8. Pierre, Robert E. (February 22, 2005). "Rekindling Howard U.'s Activist Fire". Washington Post. Retrieved 18 November 2011. 
  9. Winger, Richard. "Party for Socialism and Liberation Announces Presidential Nominee". Retrieved 3 December 2011. 
  10. Winger, Richard (July 24, 2015). "Party for Socialism and Liberation Announces 2016 Presidential Ticket". Ballot Access News. Retrieved July 25, 2015. 

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