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Green Party CA Contested Gubernatorial Race

December 17, 2009 in General

Green Party Governor’s Race

It looks like the Green Party of California will have something that the Democrats don’t this year: a contested race for Governor. Both Laura Wells (NoCal) and Deacon Alexander (SoCal) have taken the initial steps to challenge for this post and both seem to be headed for a formal announcement in early January.

I had to take a couple of days to think about this one. It is not usual for the GPCA to have contested races. But, I think that we should welcome this one as it gives a chance to let everyone know just what the Green Party is all about.

Laura Wells has run for Controller before, polling over 600,000 votes in 2002. That is the most of any Green in California Electoral History. She is a strong advocate for economic justice.

Deacon Alexander is just a strong advocate for social justice, especially when that is being denied on any of fraudulent basis that our society manages to come up with.

I need to admit here that I have agreed to assist Laura in her campaign, but either of these two candidates will be a refreshing change from the two major parties where Jerry Brown’s fund raising has chased everyone else from the Democratic contest and Meg E-Bay Whitman is trying to buy the Republican nomination outright.

Greens take no corporate donations and neither candidate is a wealthy as the millionaire list that the Republicans are running (Whitmen, Poizner, Fiorina for Senator). Rather Greens will win their votes the hard way. They will earn them listening to people rather than talking at them, on their feet rather than on the airways (may I never hear another Whitman ad again… they are as jarring when listening to KDFC as are the Coit rug cleaning commercials.)

10 responses to Green Party CA Contested Gubernatorial Race

  1. Thanks for this interesting news about a likely contest gubernatorial primary in California. However, the Green who received the most votes in California history is Sarah L. Knapp, who got 695,372 votes in June 2006 for the non-partisan post of Superintendent of Public Instruction.

    Laura Wells did great in November 2002, but she got 419,873 votes, not over 600,000. Maybe the blog writer got the two instances mixed up with each other.

  2. In my opinion, Matt Gonzalez should throw his hat into the race.

  3. Third party

    It is my understanding that Matt Gonzalez is throwing his hat into the ring.

    Just not with the Green Party.

  4. A lot of people tell me what Matt Gonzalez is going to do. The problem is that none of the them have talked to the man himself.

    Would one of you call him up and ask instead of guessing? Here is his law office phone #. 415.912.5950

  5. Michael,

    People join and leave the Green Party all the time.

    Some, like Matt if that is indeed the case, are big losses for the party.

    Others, even after they leave, are still a pain in the ass.

  6. Lou Novak

    Thanks again for confirming that I and others made the right decision. tell that other sweetheart Audrey from VA I said hello.

    For the rest of you folks, this is who you have representing you all.

    But hey, those of us who left are the destructo-greens and the problem, right?

    Here is a quote, from Dr King that I live by.

    Cowardice asks the question – is it safe?
    Expediency asks the question – is it politic?
    Vanity asks the question – is it popular?
    But conscience asks the question – is it right?
    And there comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular; but one must take it because it is right.
    Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

  7. It’s really good news that we have a contested primary in California. This could be a good party-building exercise. We also need to mobilize Greens to vote against the Top Two referendum. Are the primary and the referendum on the same day?

    I concur with Lou Novak. While I don’t miss the Destructo-Greens, I do miss the Greens who they drove out of the party. I also miss Matt Gonzalez, who would make a fine candidate.

  8. Yes, the 2010 California primary is on the same day, June 8, as the day on which the voters will be voting on the “top-two open primary”.

  9. Yes, and we all hope that this will be voted down. It’s passage would guarantee something like a full generation of legislative deadlock in Sacramento.

  10. If top-two will harm third parties, then I strongly oppose it.