Ballot access will remain the focus through Sept. 4, which is the filing deadline for Arizona, Kentucky and Rhode Island. Hawkins said they will also pursue independent progressive state party ballot lines.
Hawkins also commented on Kanye West’s presidential bid. West, like Hawkins, is seeking to get on the ballot as an independent candidate in several states. West has already filed petitions to appear on the ballot in Colorado, Illinois, Missouri, New Jersey and Ohio.
The New York Times reported Wednesday that West’s petition effort is being aided by Republican operatives. West told Forbes that he’s aiming to take votes away from former Vice President Joe Biden, the presumptive Democratic nominee.
But Hawkins thinks the hip-hop mogul’s candidacy may backfire on Republicans. Before West expressed interest in being a candidate, he supported GOP President Donald Trump.
“I don’t think it’s just potential Biden supporters that may give an F-you vote for Kanye West,” Hawkins said.