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With city’s first ranked choice election coming up, St. Paul’s Greens endorse 3 candidates, work for more

From the Twin Cities Daily Planet (read the full thing here, there is a lot more information in the article itself):

The Green Party of St. Paul began a new effort to recruit candidates for upcoming 2011 local elections June 16, as candidates and around 40 supporters gathered to launch the effort dubbed Green St. Paul.The campaign is an attempt to change the party’s sporadic track record in local elections by recruiting candidates to run for local office, said Green St. Paul co-chair Roger Meyer…

The Green Party has officially endorsed three candidates in local races. Johnny Howard and Jim Ivey are running for St. Paul City Council seats in Wards 1 and 2, respectively, while Devin Miller is running for the St. Paul School Board…

Meyer said the recruitment campaign was inspired by St. Paul’s adoption of ranked choice voting. The elections this November will see the first implementation of the ranked choice voting system that St. Paul voters approved in a referendum in 2009.

The system allows voters to rank candidates in order of preference. If one candidate receives more than 50 percent of the first choice votes, they win outright. Otherwise, the candidate with the lowest number of first choice votes is eliminated and their votes are redistributed to the voter’s second choice. The process is repeated until one candidate crosses the threshold needed to win.

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4 Comments

  1. Exciting news! I’d love to see Green Parties around the country running local candidates like this.

  2. Stay tuned! We’re all going over to file for office tomorrow. And we’ve picked up another city council candidate, so we’re currently running candidates for three of the seven wards in Saint Paul, plus a school board candidate. Go to http://greensaintpaul.org/ for more information.

  3. A strong third party is needed in the US where, more and more, the two leading parties come closer together in the face of their inability to find solutions to the country’s economic and social problems. Maybe the time has come for a green party to show the way!

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