Elaine Mastromatteo will appear on March 6 primary election ballots as a candidate for U.S. Congress, candidate for state central committee and candidate for county central committee.
Filing for all three races, the Green Party candidate put some miles on her family's pickup truck.
See, candidates in the 14th U.S. Congressional District, which includes a portion of northern Trumbull County, file in Lake County. Candidates for the Green state central committee file in Summit County. County central committee candidates for Trumbull County file in Trumbull County.
''The old Ford Ranger got some miles on it,'' said Mastromatteo of Bristol.
She's doing this work to lay the foundation for a party structure.
Getting to this point though has been a process.
Her first petition to run for county central committee was rejected by the Trumbull County Board of Elections. She had filed the wrong form. Now she's running as a write-in candidate.
''It was a paperwork snafu,'' she said. ''This is the first time we are doing it, so that was something we had to do, a write-in candidacy, to surmount our error. That's OK. It's a learning process. We are making history here.''
Mastromatteo was in the same boat as other congressional candidates. She was forced to file petitions twice in Ohio because of two deadlines, but there was added difficulty to her task.
As she said, Green party members are ''thin on the ground.'' There are about 1,500 registered members in Ohio and in Trumbull County, only 10. She also was allowed to have non-partisan voters sign her petition, but still she had to canvass about six counties to meet the 25-signature requirement.
She was able to get 43 signatures.
Then there are future questions, such as will she be able to get the needed five write-in votes in March to be elected to the county central committee? Law requires write-in candidates to get as many votes as the number of signatures required to appear on the ballot to win.
She ran in the 2010 primary in 17th Congressional District, receiving 16 votes.
But, she says, her effort is more than just winning elections - everything is an effort to bring notice to Greens and make the party a viable political alternative.
''We are putting down the very foundation of party structure here,'' she said.
Mastromatteo believes people now are looking for alternatives and if they have another choice, ''they may just make it.'' She says she would like to double the party membership.
Guided by 10 principles, the Green Party, according to its website, is committed to ecology, social justice, grassroots democracy and non-violence. Also, the party does not believe in corporate donations.
It formed in 2001.