From Green Change:
Tonight, we will be focusing on the campaigns of 14 transformational Green candidates who are building the Green movement across the country. Some of these candidates are poised for history-making wins. Others are blazing the trail for future success by running party-building campaigns for statewide office.
14 Greens to Watch on Election Day
Jeremy Karpen for IL Assembly – Jeremy Karpen’s vigorous grassroots challenge to a Chicago Machine insider has earned him endorsements from the Chicago Sun-Times, Chicago Tribune, Chicago Teacher’s Union, Independent Voters of Illinois, and even Chicago Progressive Democrats of America. Karpen, a strong supporter of single-payer health care, affordable housing, mass transit, and progressive taxation, has run a clean-money campaign as part of his commitment to reforming Illinois’ notoriously dirty pay-to-play politics.
Ben Manski for WI Assembly – Ben Manski’s insurgent run has earned the support of Madison’s teachers union, the Madison Capital Times, and leading progressives including Jim Hightower, Medea Benjamin, and Thom Hartmann. The outgoing Democratic assembly member revoked his endorsement of Manski’s main opponent, a Democrat who left the Sierra Club to lobby for the coal industry. Manski is racing to the finish line with the support of a broad transpartisan coalition of elected officials, unions, students, newspapers, and activists committed to renewing Wisconsin’s trailblazing progressive tradition.
Gayle McLaughlin for Mayor of Richmond, CA – With a population over 100,000, Richmond became the largest US city with a Green mayor when Gayle McLaughlin was elected in 2006. Since then, McLaughlin has made Richmond a center of the emerging solar industry, fought successfully to increase taxes on the local Chevron oil refinery while lowering them for small businesses, and brought down violent crime with expanded community policing. Her supporters, including Green For All founder Van Jones, hope that her record of positive accomplishments in office will carry Mayor Gayle to victory.
Hugh Giordano for PA Assembly – Hugh Giordano is a union organizer from Philadelphia’s Roxborough neighborhood whose people-powered campaign has electrified the race for an open seat in a traditionally Democratic district. After a CEO won the Democratic primary with only 30% of the vote, Giordano’s strong support for public education, single-payer health care, and worker’s rights has gained him the backing of local unions and maverick Democrats and made him a contender for the win.
Dan Hamburg for Mendocino County (CA) Supervisor – In a county the size of Delaware on the coast of California, former member of Congress and Voice Of The Environment executive director Dan Hamburg is running for supervisor to build a vibrant, sustainable local economy and protect the beautiful natural landscape for generations to come. Hamburg finished first in the 4-way June primary, and has been endorsed by the third-place finisher as well as local unions and environmentalists in his head-to-head race against the conservative, developer-backed candidate who finished a close 2nd in the primary.
Howie Hawkins for NY Governor – Howie Hawkins, a union member and lifelong organizer in movements for peace, social justice, and the environment, is running for NY Governor on a Green New Deal platform that calls for progressive taxation to fund green public works projects and put New Yorkers back to work. Hawkins supports single-payer health care, a state bank, marriage equality, legalization of marijuana, and sweeping democratic reforms like instant runoff voting, proportional representation, and public campaign financing. If Hawkins gets at least 50,000 votes, the Green Party will win a ballot line in New York for the next 4 years.
Jill Stein for MA Governor – Jill Stein, a medical doctor and leading environmental health activist, is running for MA Governor on a platform of single-payer health care, progressive taxation, investment in green jobs and local economies, and cutting tax breaks for the rich and corporations instead of gutting public services. If Stein gets at least 3% of the vote, the Green-Rainbow Party will retain its status as a recognized party in Massachusetts.
Rich Whitney for IL Governor – Civil rights attorney Rich Whitney earned over 10% of the vote for Illinois Governor in 2006, yet was excluded from 2 of 3 major televised debates this year. Whitney has a comprehensive plan to fix Illinois’ record budget deficit, reverse cuts to education and other public services, and revive the state’s economy with a state bank and investment in green job creation. If Whitney gets at least 5% of the vote, the Green Party will retain its status as a major party in Illinois.
Annie Young for MN State Auditor – Annie Young has been elected to the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board six times, and is now running for Minnesota State Auditor to make sustainability a core goal of an office that oversees more than $20 billion in annual spending. If Young gets at least 5% of the vote, the Green Party will regain major party status in Minnesota.
Ed Lindsay for TX Comptroller – Ed Lindsay is running for Texas Comptroller on a platform of balancing the budget, eliminating wasteful spending, protecting the environment and getting special interest money out of politics. In a race with no Democratic candidate, Lindsay needs 5% of the vote to win ballot status for the Texas Green Party.
Dennis Spisak for OH Governor – Dennis Spisak, a principal and school board member from Youngstown, is running for Governor of Ohio on a platform emphasizing single-payer health care, quality public education, and bringing renewable energy manufacturing jobs to Ohio. If Spisak gets at least 1% of the vote, the Ohio Green Party will retain its spot on the ballot.
Maria Allwine for MD Governor – Maria Allwine is a community organizer who has led the fight to re-regulate Maryland utility companies. She is running for Governor of Maryland to enact single-payer health care, close corporate tax loopholes, institute a living wage, lower utility rates, and more. If Allwine gets at least 1% of the vote, the Maryland Green Party will remain ballot-qualified.
David Curtis for NV Governor – David Curtis is a dad, public artist, writer and designer who is running for Nevada Governor to address the state’s highest-in-the-nation unemployment by stimulating cooperatives and small business, instituting single-payer health care, and ensuring full funding of public education. If Curtis gets at least 1% of the vote, the Nevada Green Party will win a ballot line.
Jim Lendall for AR Governor – Jim Lendall is a former state legislator who is running for Arkansas Governor on a platform of progressive taxation, living wages, cutting corporate welfare, equal rights, a death penalty moratorium, and strong environmental protections. If Lendall gets at least 3% of the vote, the Arkansas Green Party will remain ballot-qualified.