Candidates in Arizona, New York, Massachusetts
Green Party Watch had to take some time off, but we are back and playing catch up on some great stories out there.
In Tucson Arizona, Democrat Jonathan Rothschild has no Democrats or Republicans running against him for Mayor because “…those potential candidates either got bounced from the ballot or withdrew from the race for mayor in the face of challenges to signatures on their nominating petitions.” according to Inside Tucson Business. There is the minor technicality of two Greens facing off in an August 30 Primary, with the winner facing Mr. Rothschild in November:
At this point Rothschild’s only challenge is going to come from a Green Party candidate, which also has the only primary race, between Dave Croteau and Mary DeKamp. But fewer than 1 percent of voters are registered in the Green Party so it would quite the feat if either were to make a serious challenge in the November election.
Here is another article about the Green Party primary from the Tucson Citizen:
Her entry into the race could lead to a Green Party primary on August 30, as fellow Green Party candidate Dave Croteau entered the race a few weeks ago. He ran for Mayor before in 2007 against Mayor Bob Walkup and got 28.08% of the vote compared to Mayor Walkup’s 71.20 %. There are 636 registered Greens in the City of Tucson. (Another Green candidate Jon McLean entered this race for a few months but withdrew in May due to problems with his voter registration, and endorsed Republican Shaun McClusky.)
In Rochester, New York, Alex White has announced he will seek a seat on the City Council after his failed bid for Mayor in March where he picked up 9% of the vote.
In 2010 Mark Miller picked up 45% of the vote in a two way race for a State Legislative seat representing the 3rd Berkshire District. The Democrat that beat him has been appointed to a higher position, and Miller is back in the race for a special election to fill the vacancy. Miller will be running on the Green Rainbow Party ticket.
Miller, a former editor and co-owner of The Berkshire Eagle and a longtime former Democrat, joined the Green-Rainbow Party after becoming frustrated with the resistance to reform evidenced by Democratic Party leadership on Beacon Hill. Most observers were surprised by his strong showing in the 2010 race, considering the fact that it was his first run for public office and he entered the race rather late against a well-entrenched incumbent. This time around, Miller believes that an earlier start and an experienced campaign team will give him an excellent chance of winning.