Green for Greens: Deborah Shafto, Don Cook, and Alfred Molison for Houston City Council

In Texas’ largest city, three Greens are making a team effort to get elected to Houston City Council. Deborah Shafto, Don Cook, and Alfred Molison are running as “The Progressive Coalition”, with a platform focused on public transportation, recycling, living wage, issue advocacy, policing, and public safety. They hope to guide Houston to a less car-centered future, introduce neighborhood programs like farmers’ markets and community gardens, implement a plan to reduce landfill waste by 90% by 2040, enact a citywide living wage, move to a medically-focused (rather than criminally-focused) drug policy, and convince the city council to voice support for the single-payer bill HR 676.

Deborah Shafto, Don Cook, and Alfred MolisonTexas, the second most populous state after California, has been hard for the Green Party to get a foothold in. Texas Greens briefly gained ballot status in 2000, but lost it and haven’t managed to get back on the statewide ballot since then. However, Green locals in Texas have remained active, and Kat Swift of San Antonio ran for the Green presidential nomination in 2008. Support for candidates like Deborah Shafto, Don Cook and Alfred Molison will strengthen Green locals in Texas, helping the Texas Greens build the organizational capacity to take on challenges like getting back on the ballot and promoting a clean energy future in the heart of America’s oil industry.

As part of their team effort, Shafto, Cook and Molison are sharing all funds they raise equally. You can help this trailblazing Green campaign to succeed, and promote Green growth in Texas, by donating to Deborah Shafto, Don Cook, and Alfred Molison today at their website progressivecoalitionhouston.com.

If you prefer to donate by mail, write a check payable to “Progressive Coalition” and send to:

Progressive Coalition
c/o Mary Cook
7954 Glenheath St.
Houston TX 77061

Please include a completed contribution form so that we can fulfill our disclosure reporting requirements.

Dave Schwab


  1. My paltry $10 is wizzing it
    s way through cyberspace to the intended target.

    I see that Campaign Foundations was involved in the process. I wish there were a way to sync up New Menu with a way for people to donate to the candidates, but for now I will get out my debit card for a $10 donation when the opportunity arises.

    If I give $520 a year this way it would be like Donald Trump giving out millions. I like the idea that I am more powerful than Donald Trump.

  2. We here at Third Party Revolution endorse Deborah Shafto, Don Cook, and Alfred Molison in their campaigns for Houston City Council, along with many other third party and independent candidates seeking public offices nation-wide, ranging from local to federal levels.

  3. Congratulations to the Progressive Coalition (Deborah, Don & Alfred) on their run for the Houston City Council. I look forward to updates from the campaign. I believe your experience can provide us lessons here in Arizona. Buena suerte!

    Angel Torres, Arizona Green Party (AZGP) state co-chair

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