Green has been a near-constant presence in the mayor’s race since he declared his intent to run last year. He has now filed with the County Clerk to appear on the ballot in November, alongside Democrat Greg Fischer and Republican Hal Heiner.
Green says he won’t raise as much money as Fischer or Heiner, but he plans to use other campaign tactics to stay competitive.
“Next for us is talking to the public, going to public events, talking to Joe Lunchbox, riding the bus, talking to bus riders,” he says. “This is a grassroots campaign.”
Green has largely focused on transportation issues on the campaign trail so far.
“One of the encouraging aspects of this campaign has been to hear citizens and elected officials coming up to our campaign saying, ‘Thank you. Thank you for bringing these issues to the table. If you were not doing this, we would not be having this discussion,'” he says.
At least one other independent candidate, Nimbus Couzin, is seeking the mayor’s office, but he has not run an active campaign. Independents have until next month to enter the race.