Huffington Post: A Green Victory in Richmond, CA

The Huffington Post has an article highlighting good news this election amid the Republican “landslide”:

While the recent elections were seen as a setback for national environmental advocates, for the small city of Richmond in San Francisco’s East Bay, it marked a tidal shift in a seven-year battle to protect Point Molate, the last large undeveloped headland on the bay from a mega-casino. Here, at least, the election demonstrated that poor communities can assert their right to control their own shorelines and perhaps their own destinies — despite outside pressure.

On the winning side were local activists of Citizens for a Sustainable Point Molate and the Richmond Progressive Alliance, which includes the Green Party Mayor of this low-income, predominantly African-American and Hispanic city of just over 100,000.

On the side that didn’t win was a Berkeley developer with plans for a billion dollar casino resort at the headlands, a small band of Pomo Indians hoping to break into urban gaming, and an even smaller band of environmentalists willing to cut a multi-million dollar deal with them just before Richmond was to vote on the casino.

Read the entire article at the Huffington Post.


More Election Analysis: Top State House Races (With Details)

Upon request this is further breakdown of the top 19 State House (Assembly) Green Party returns, broken into those races where there were only two candidates on the ballot (13) and those where there were more than two (6). Included is the vote (percentage) totals for each of the candidates on the ballot. This is only evaluating those Green Party candidates that finished with over 15% of the vote in a race for State Assembly or State House.

Notable is that in the multi-candidate races, Greens finished ahead of the Republicans in four of those races, and was just a few percentage points behind the Republican in a fifth race. The candidate that came closest to winning was Fred Horch in Maine, who finished just 137 votes (3.7%) behind the top vote getter. The closest 2-way race was in Massachusetts where Mark Miller lost by 981 votes (10%).

Three (or more) candidate races:
State Representative District 66, ME
Alexander Cornell du Houx (D) 1,409 (38.08%)
K. Frederick Horch (G) 1,272 (34.38%)
Jonathan Crimmins (R) 1,019 (27.54%)

State Assembly District 77, WI
Brett Hulsey (D) 12,138 (49%)
Ben Manski (G) 7,761 (31%)
David Redick (R) 4,666 (19%)
David Olson (C) 372 (1%)

State Representative District 120, ME
Diane Russell (D) 1,686 (55.39%)
Anna Trevorrow (G) 945 (31.04%)
Thomas Elliman (R) 413 (13.57%)

State Representative District 115, ME
Stephen Lovejoy (D) 1,926 (53.69%)
Seth Berner (G) 1,002 (27.93%)
Chase Martin (R) 659 (18.37%)

State Representative District 194, PA
Pamela Delissio (D) 12,015 (61.4%)
Timothy Downey (R) 4,007 (20.5%)
Hugh Giordano (G) 3,547 (18.1%)

State Representative District 21, AZ
Tom Forese (R) 42,523 (42.45%)
J.D. Mesnard (R) 39,891 (39.83%)
Linda Macias (G) 17,181 (17.15%)

Two candidate races:

State Representative 3rd Berkshire District, MA
Christoper Speranzo (D) 5,440 (55%)
Mark Miller (G) 4,459 (45%)

State Representative District 39, IL
Toni Berrios (D) 10,299 (65.4%)
Jeremy Karpen (G) 5,446 (34.6%)

State Representative District 115, IL
Mike Bost (R) 21,643 (75.1%)
Charlie Howe (G) 7,178 (24.9%)

State Representative District 11, MT
Janna Taylor (R) 3,160 (74.69%)
Cheryl Wolfe (G) 1,052 (24.86%)

State Representative District 90, AR
David Branscum (R) 7,253 (75.18%)
Mark Swaney (D) 2,394 (24.82%)

State Assembly District 39, CA
Felipe Fuentes (D) 41,056 (78.4%)
Jack Lindblad (G) 11,322 (21.6%)

State Representative District 67, CT
Clark Chapin (R) 5,349 (79.66%)
Nicholas Payne (G) 1,366 (20.34%)

State Representative District 183, PA
Julie Harhart (R) 14,709 (80.9%)
Rex D’Agostino (G) 3,482 (19.1%)

House of Delegates District 11, WV
Bob Ashley (R) 3,262 (81%)
Mark Myers (M/G) 768 (19%)

State Assembly District 51, CA
Steven Bradford (D) 65,388 (81.8%)
Cynthia Santiago (G) 14,625 (18.2%)

State Representative 4th Berkshire District, MA
Smitty Pignatelli (D) 11,269 (82%)
Lee Scott Laugenour (G) 2,483 (18%)

State Representative District 105, IL
Shane Cultra (R) 25,886 (82.2%)
Vince LaMie (G) 5,603 (17.8%)

State Representative District 29, IL
Thaddeus Jones (D) 24,194 (82.9%)
Kenneth Williams (G) 4,993 (17.1%)


Top State House Green Party Campaigns

This list was put together by Brent McMillan, consisting of Green Party campaigns for State House (or Assembly) seats. It includes all of the races that finished with over 15% of the vote in 2010:

  • Mark Miller for State Representative 3rd Berkshire District, MA 4,459 votes 45.0%
  • Jeremy Karpen for State Representative District 39, IL 5,354 34.7%
  • Fred Horch for State Representative District 66, ME 1,272 34.38%
  • Ben Manski for State Assembly District 77, WI 7,761 31.0%
  • Anna Trevorrow for State Representative District 120, ME 945 31.04%
  • Seth Berner for State Representative District 115, ME 1,002 27.93%
  • Charlie Howe for State Representative District 115, IL 7,178 24.91%
  • Cheryl Wolfe for State Representative District 11, MT 1,052 24.86%
  • Mark Swaney for State Representative District 90, AR 2,393 24.83%
  • Jack Lindblad for State Assembly District 39, CA 9,728 21.09%
  • Nicholas Payne for State Representative District 67, CT 1,366 20.34%
  • Rex D’Agostino for State Representative District 183, PA 3,482 19.1%
  • Mark Meyers for House of Delegates District 11, WV 768 19.06%
  • Cynthia Santiago for State Assembly District 51, CA 12,753 18.26%
  • Hugh Giordano for State Representative District 194, PA 3,547 18.1%
  • Lee Scott Laugenour for State Representative 4th Berkshire District, MA 2,483 18.0%
  • Kenneth Williams for State Representative District 29, IL 4,122 17.2%
  • Linda Macias for State Representative District 21, AZ 12,204 17.01%
  • Vince LaMie for State Representative District 105, IL 2,928 15.2%

Note the wide range of geographical locations, from Maine to California, Wisconsin to Arizona, Illinois, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Montana, and Arkansas.


Post Election Analysis: Green Party House of Representatives

53 Green Party candidates appeared on the ballot this November, one more in Washington was on the ballot in the Primary, and 4 more ran write-in campaigns. Of the 54 ballot candidates, results ranged from 0.16% to 8.32%, from 157 votes to 17,545 votes. The average percentage of the vote of all 54 races was 2.21% from 225,000 votes.

This is a decline from 2008, when the Green Party’s 59 US House of Representatives brought in over 500,000 votes, averaging 3.47% of the total vote. 2008 was unique in that the Arkansas Green Party had three candidates for three House seats that were unopposed by one of the corporate parties, resulting in finishing with 64,000 votes (23.33%), 58,000 votes (21.52%) and 31,000 votes (13.76%). There were some other very strong finishes in 2008 by Carol Wolman in California, Titus North in Pennsylvania, and Jason Wallace in Illinois.

In fact the 2010 results more closely resemble 2006, another mid-term election, when the Green Party fielded 43 candidates, netted 253,000 votes, averaging 2.74%.

One of the better finishes in 2010 came in California from Ben Emery, who finished with 17,545 votes (7.25%). Emery raised over $10,000 in individual contributions and ran hundreds of commercials on television. With a fraction of the budget of his Democratic and Republican opponents Emery worked it to get the 17,000 votes that he finished with.

The other four stronger finishes were in Illinois, where the 11 Greens running for the US House averaged two points better (4.31%) than other Greens running for the House (2.21%), and slightly better than they did in 2008 (4.00%). Robert Burns running in Illinois’ 4th Congressional District made up of two slithering slices of Chicago’s western suburbs, finished with 6,656 votes, 8.32% of the vote in a lower turnout district. This result turned out to be the highest percentage of any Green running for US House in 2010. Congrats, Robert! Another good finish was in the neighboring 3rd Congressional District where Laurel Lambert Schmidt finished with 9,864 votes (6.03%). Both Schmidt and Burns were first time candidates who improved the Green Party’s results in suburban Chicago districts.

Sheldon Schafer in his second run for US House in the larger Western Illinois 18th Congressional District improved both his vote totals and percentage of the vote from 2008, finishing with 11,244 votes (5.09%) compared to 9,725 (3.17%) in 2008.

But special props go to Bill Scheurer, a first time candidate running in the 8th Congressional District. Although his results weren’t outstanding (6,449 votes, 3.31% of the vote), Bill wins the honorable “Nader Award” (something we just made up), given out to any candidate that can inspire the media to accuse them of “spoiling” a race. Here is Eric Zorn in his own words:

The way I look at the numbers, the only thing the Green Party may have accomplished in the 2010 elections in Illinois is to help a tea-party-backed candidate win a seat in Congress. Other than that, nothing.


Bill Scheurer, seems to have drawn enough votes — about 6,500 — to hand a victory to tea party Republican Joe Walsh in the northwest suburban 8th District.

In fairness to the author, at least he sought and printed a reaction from Illinois Green Party chair Phil Huckelberry, who said: “Everyone in the party I’ve talked to can’t stand Melissa Bean and would never vote for her,” said Illinois Green Party chairman Phil Huckleberry when I asked him about this. “Any argument that says otherwise is silly.”

To view a Google Docs Spreadsheet of Green Party US House of Representatives Candidates and their election results click here. Note it also includes results from 2008 and 2006 but no further back than that.


Arkansas News: Green Party says it deserves ballot access in next election

The Arkansas News reports on the Arkansas Green Party:

LITTLE ROCK — The Green Party of Arkansas says its strong finish in several statewide races last week shows it deserves guaranteed ballot access in the next general election, though it failed to clear the hurdle set by state law.

Parties can get on Arkansas’ ballot either by collecting 10,000 signatures of registered voters or by receiving at least 3 percent of the vote in the most recent gubernatorial or presidential race. In some statewide races last week the Green Party’s candidates received more than a fourth of the vote, but its gubernatorial candidate, Jim Lendall, only captured 2 percent.

That means the party has to go to the trouble and expense of collecting signatures to get on the 2012 ballot, as it did to get on the 2010 ballot. Continue Reading


WA Green Party to host Pacific Northwest Green gathering in Seattle Nov. 13

The Green Party of Washington State (GPoWS) will be hosting a regional gathering of members (and potential members) of the Green Party on Saturday, 13 November 2010.  Greens from Washington, Oregon, Idaho, British Columbia, Alaska, and beyond are invited to join us in Seattle for a day of fun, including motivational speakers, music, and food.

Participate in developing the Green Party vision.

Reconnect with old friends and meet new ones.

Discuss the state of the world and what we can do together to better it.

Learn how to form a Campaign Support System to encourage Green Party candidates and legislative measures. Continue Reading


David Rovics to play Atlanta Benefit for GA Green Party Nov. 12th

From the Georgia Green Party:

David Rovics will grace the stage at a benefit for the Georgia Green Party on Friday evening, November 12th at the Spring4th Center (in the SouthWest corner of Spring and Fourth Streets) at 728 Spring St NW in Midtown Atlanta, across the street from a parking lot, convenient to the interstate and two blocks from the North Avenue MARTA station.

Party supporters who can help with publicity and advanced ticket sales are urged to volunteer by calling 678-298-9463.


PA Green Party holding 3 events in Philadelphia Nov. 13-14

Posted by Ross Levin at Independent Political Report:

This weekend there will be an open meeting of the Pennsylvania Green Party‘s state committee, a fundraiser dinner featuring Green Party activist Mike Nance answering the question, “Was Hericletus right?” and a pancake breakfast the next morning at the house of Green Party activist Hillary Kane, which is part of an effort to form a new West Philadelphia Greens group.  Both Nance and Kane were involved with Hugh Giordano’s campaign for state legislature this year.  Below are links to the facebook pages for each event, with more details.

State Committee Meeting

Singapore Dinner Fundraiser

Pancake Breakfast


New Zealand capital elects Green mayor

A bit of inspiring news from beautiful New Zealand:

Celia Wade-Brown has become New Zealand’s first Green mayor – a moment being described as a “watershed” by the party leader.

Green Party members flocked to congratulate Ms Wade-Brown when her narrow victory over incumbent Wellington mayor Kerry Prendergast was announced yesterday, with co-leader Russel Norman, former leader Jeanette Fitzsimons and MP Sue Kedgley among them.

Although Ms Wade-Brown stood as an independent, she has been a member of the Greens for more than 15 years, and becomes the first party member elected to a mayoral office. Continue Reading