Georgia Greens have opportunity in state House race

May 7, 2010 in Ballot Access, Local Elections, State Party News

Peach Pundit has published a story about State Representative Kevin Levitas’ decision to drop out of the race for his 82nd district seat to spend more time on his business and family life. Levitas, a Democrat, was first elected in 2006, and, according to Ballot Access News, he ran unopposed in November of 2008, and had no opposition in either a primary nor in November of 2010. The Atlanta Journal Constitution is reporting that the Secretary of State had ruled that there would be no Democrat or Republican on the November ballot because no one other than Mr. Levitas had filed to run.

The Journal article goes on to explain that anyone can run as the candidate of any party, or as an independent, upon filing a petition with about 1250 valid signatures by July 13th.

District 82 is roughly bounded by neighborhoods in the Brockett, Northlake, Pleasantdale and Tucker communities. Interstate 85 runs across the district, and Interstate 285 runs through it.

I do not know if the Georgia Green Party has active members in that district, but if they do it would seem that this is a golden opportunity to place on of their own in the state legislature. I suspect that one or more corporate candidates will appear from the ranks of the Democratic or Republican parties unless state law forbids a candidate to change registration to “independent” to run. If that is the law then the Georgia Green Party would seem to be well placed as they could search amongst their own members as well as with the unaffiliated.

Levitas’ campaign website makes no mention of his decision to leave the race. Indeed, the latest Press Release is about his filing to run for re-election on April 28th. Levitas’ House website describes him as engaged in community life, a third generation small business person, a lawyer and a family man. Some posting comments at Peach Pundit are expressing frustration for Levitas’ decision and the impact it will have on the Democratic Party’s chances of holding on to the seat.

How thoughtful of the Representative. Leave everyone in a lurch.

I honestly believe Rep. Levitas may be the worst person alive.

Yeah, well it’s always nice when people, ya know, leave a seat vacant without warning one’s own party, finding a successor, doing it in any timely fashion, etc.

Hat Tip to Ballot Access News. More coverage can be found at Georgia Liberal.com, as well as at Blog For Democracy.org

Here are a series of links to legislation that impacts elections in Georgia which Levitas introduced. I do not know which were enacted.

Proposing an amendment to the Constitution so as to provide for verification of a person’s citizenship to determine eligibility to vote

Anti-union “Secret Ballot” law.

Anti-union “Secret Ballot” resolution of support.

elections and primaries generally, so as to provide for the nonpartisan election of sheriffs, district attorneys, and solicitor generals

provide for the nonpartisan election of clerks of the superior court, sheriffs, tax receivers, tax collectors, and tax commissioners

provide for the nonpartisan election of clerks of the superior court, sheriffs, tax receivers, tax collectors, and tax commissioners

provide for the nonpartisan election of district attorneys, solicitors-general, sheriffs, tax commissioners, tax receivers, tax collectors, clerks of superior court, and county commissioners

provide for the nonpartisan election of solicitors-general

provide for the nonpartisan election of county commissioners

prohibit local board of education members from being employed by the local school system for a period of one year

6 responses to Georgia Greens have opportunity in state House race

  1. Georgia doesn’t have registration by party, so there is no legal impediment for any person who is a Democrat or a Republican in his or her heart, from running as an independent.

    The Georgia petitions, 5% of the number of registered voters, are so severe, for all independent and minor party candidates for district and county office, that it is very rare for anyone to complete these petitions. But in this race, there will be many such petitions. Because Georgia doesn’t have the initiative or the referendum or recall, and very few minor party or independent candidate petitions ever get turned in, Georgia election officials are not accustomed to checking signatures. If the election officials get 6 or 7 petitions, it will not be easy for them to check them all. That, in turn, may put pressure on the state legislature to fix the ballot access problem. This incident is very good news.

  2. Thank you for continuing to encouraging Greens to get on the ballot…and showing them targets of opportunity.

    Great story..

    Also big victory tonight for Green Party in Germany’s largest state NRW…winning 12.5 per cent of vote. Doubling Green Party vote share. The Greens may be in position to for new state government with either of the two larger parties. Both appear to have received exactly 34.5 per cent of vote. Over night counting may move the needle one way or the other just enough.
    Right now a Green Party coalition government would have 90 delegates. They must have 91 to form government…

  3. Here’s good TV link to see the Green Party coverage…

    http://www.ard.de/

  4. Green Party’s

    Renate Kuenast held a passionate and powerful speech before the German Bundestag on Friday.

    The debate was about the German support for the loan to Greece…

    One of Renate’s best…

    Many Greens believe Renate could be Berlin’s first Green Party Mayor in 2011..

    Here’s the video of her speech…

    http://www.youtube.com/user/GRUENE

  5. Here’s ZDF TV reporting on Great night for Green Party

    http://www.zdf.de/

  6. and a breakdown of the delegates elected to NRW, Germany’s largest state.

    Tonight Greens doubled their vote, and appear to have elected 23 new members of the state legislature..

    Both the CDU and SPD appear to have received 67 seats.

    Either with the conservatives or the progressives the Greens get to 90 seats. It would take 91 seats to form a new Green Party led government.

    http://wahltool.zdf.de/__flash/nrw.shtml?req=Sitze