Looking back on who I voted for when I lived in America, I probably voted for Green Party candidates more than any other both in local California elections and in presidential elections when Ralph Nader was the Green’s candidate.
2016 presents a unique opportunity for the Green Party. Hillary Clinton as the Democratic presidential nominee would drive away independents and nonaligned progressives even more than Al Gore in 2000.
As of right now, the frontrunner for the Green Party presidential nomination is Dr Jill Stein who was also the 2012 presidential nominee. Nothing against her politically or ideologically but to take advantage of this opportunity the Green Party need a more forceful candidate. Stein is a weak public speaker, like a local candidate (school board or county supervisor maybe) rather than a presidential one.
Here’s my suggestion – The Green Party should recruit former Wisconsin Senator Russ Feingold as their candidate (although he may run again to reclaim the senate seat he lost in 2010). Feingold’s record on income equality issues is equal to Warren, Sanders etc. and he is better than both of them on foreign policy and surveillance state issues (Only US Senator to vote against the Patriot Act). He was a leader on campaign finance reform during his time in the senate (McCain/Feingold). He would have to adjust a few of his beliefs but I think it’s doable.