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2014 Green Party State Wide Candidates

Following is a list of Green Party candidates for state wide office from around the nation. (Please send any additions or corrections.) NOTE: US Senate candidates are listed on the previous post on Congressional Candidates.

There are 46 Green Party candidates running for state wide office, including Governor (9), Lt. Governor (7), Attorney General (6), Secretary of State (5), State Treasurer (5), Comptroller (5), and other state wide offices.

Arkansas:

Andy Dawkins, Green Party candidate for Minnesota Attorney General

Andy Dawkins, Green Party candidate for Minnesota Attorney General

  • Josh Drake – Governor

California:

Colorado

Connecticut

Delaware

  • David Chandler – State Treasurer

Illinois

  • Scott Summers – Governor (Democrats kicked the Greens off the ballot in Illinois)
  • Bob Pritchett Jr. – Lt. Governor (Democrats kicked the Greens off the ballot in Illinois)
  • David Black – Attorney General (Democrats kicked the Greens off the ballot in Illinois)
  • Sheldon Shafer – Secretary of State (Democrats kicked the Greens off the ballot in Illinois)
  • Julie Samuels – State Treasurer (Democrats kicked the Greens off the ballot in Illinois)
  • Tim Curtin – Comptroller (Democrats kicked the Greens off the ballot in Illinois)

Massachusetts

Michigan

Minnesota

Nevada

  • David Gibson – Governor
  • Timothy Reinhardt – Secretary of State

New York

  • Howie Hawkins – Governor

    Anita Rios

    Anita Rios, Green Party candidate for Governor of Ohio

  • Brian Jones – Lt. Governor
  • Ramon Jimenez – Attorney General
  • Theresa Portelli – Comptroller

Ohio

  • Anita Rios – Governor
  • Bob Fitrakis – Lt. Governor

Tennessee

  • Isa Infante – Governor

Texas

  • Brandon Parmer – Governor
  • Chandrakantha Courtney – Lt. Governor
  • Jamar Osborne – Attorney General
  • Deb Shafto – Comptroller
  • Ulises Cabrera Valerie Alessi – State Land Commissioner
  • Kenneth Kendrick – State Agriculture Commissioner
  • Martina Salinas – State Railroad Commission
  • Charles Waterbury for Texas Supreme Court
  • Jim Chisolm for Texas Supreme Court
  • Judith Sanders-Castro for Texas Court of Criminal Appeals
  • George Joseph Altgelt for Texas Court of Criminal Appeal

Wisconsin

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2014 Green Party Congressional Candidates

Following is a list of Green Party candidates for Congressional office in 2014. This includes the US Senate and the US House of Representatives. (Please share any corrections or additions to this list.)  At this count, there are 9 Green Party candidates for US Senate, and 45 Green Party candidates for the US House.

US Senate:

US House of Representatives

  • Barry Hermanson – California D.12 (Lost in Top Two Primary)
  • Michael Powelson – California D.30 (Lost in Top Two Primary)
  • Michael Ian Sachs – California D.33 (Lost in Top Two Primary)
  • Jeff Russell – Connecticut D.1

    Harley_Mikkelson

    Harley Mikkelson, Green Party candidate for US House, Michigan

  • Bill Clyde – Connecticut D.2
  • Ian Schlakman – Maryland D.2
  • George Gluck – Maryland D.6
  • Jason Lowenthal – Massachusetts D.7 (Kicked off the ballot due to the color of his petition papers)
  • Ellis Boal – Michigan D.1
  • Tonya Duncan – Michigan D.3
  • Pat Timmons – Michigan D.4
  • John Lawrence – Michigan D.6
  • Jim Casha – Michigan D.8
  • John McDermott – Michigan D.9

    Matt Funiciello, Green Party candidate for US House, New York District 21

    Matt Funiciello, Green Party candidate for US House, New York District 21

  • Harley Mikkelson – Michigan D.10
  • Stephen Boyle – Michigan D.14
  • Ray ‘Skip’ Sandman – Minnesota D.8
  • Michael Meo – Oregon D.3
  • Michael Beilstein – Oregon D.4
  • Robert Smith – Tennessee D.1
  • Norris Dryer – Tennessee D.2
  • Doug Milholand – Washington D.6 (Lost in Top Two Primary)
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Summers, Illinois Greens Sue State Over Election Rules

scott-summersScott Summers, Green Party candidate for Governor, and the slate of Green Party statewide candidates, have filed a lawsuit in federal court seeking to halt the state’s “binder check” process and have key provisions of the Illinois Election Code ruled unconstitutional.

On June 23, the Green Party filed 29,707 signatures to place Summers, U.S. Senate candidate Omar Lopez, and five other statewide candidates on the November ballot. A week later, the petition was challenged by Karen Yarbrough, Cook County Recorder of Deeds and long-time ally of Governor Pat Quinn.

“Voters want to see more than just one or two candidates on their ballots,” Summers says. “My campaign and this lawsuit challenge the election laws that choke off choice.”

The lawsuit makes three distinct allegations:

* The “binder check” process which is used to review petitions is unconstitutional, because it is biased against petitioning candidates, is subject to on-the-spot rules changes every year, and requires many hours on the part of candidates and supporters to defend signatures. No other state uses such a system.

* The “full slate” law which requires non-established parties to field candidates for all offices at a given jurisdictional level is unconstitutional for several reasons, especially equal protection and due process arguments under the 1st and 14th Amendments. In numerous counties either the Republicans or Democrats fail to field candidates for all county offices, yet the law demands that if a “new” party candidate wishes to run for county office, he or she must be part of a “full slate” for all county offices. Similarly, to run for Governor, a “new” party must field candidates for all other constitutional offices, whether they wish to or not.

* The notarization requirement for petitions is unconstitutional as it drastically limits approaches to organizing petition drives and yet fills no compelling state interest. Because petitions must be notarized, would-be signers cannot download a petition, sign it, and send it off, without first finding a notary, substantially curtailing their freedom of association.

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Maine Democrats Target Asher Platts, Move to Kick the Punk Patriot off the Ballot

Portland-Green Party Senate Candidate Asher Platts is calling legal shenanigans over the fact that Democratic Party Staffers are trying to block his run for Portland State Senate District 27. On Monday, Platts, who also happens to be the Chair of the Maine Green Independent Party, received notice from the Secretary of State’s office that Democratic Legislative Aide, and Democratic Party Coordinated Campaign Staffer Anya Trundy, represented by the law firm of Bernstein Shurr, had challenged primary nomination signatures that Platts turned in to qualify as a Green candidate for the June primary ballot in that district.

 

Asher Platts is running for State Senate in Maine

Asher Platts is running for State Senate in Maine

I once worked in the Democratic Party, for candidates like Dennis Kucinich. I left the Democratic Party because I saw disgusting skullduggery like this all the time. They’re so afraid they’ll lose if voters hear from young working class candidates with real world experience and proven, real-world policy solutions, that they are willing to use their lawyers to deny voter choice by keeping folks like me off the ballot”,  said Platts. “I was attracted to the Green Party because they have long advocated for more democracy, more citizen participation, and more choices at the ballot box– not limiting choice for voters, like I have seen the Democratic Party do using legal maneuvering, over and over.”

As a first time candidate in 2012, Platts garnered nearly 30% of the vote against Justin Alfond, the incumbent President of the Senate. Green’s have been improving their numbers with each successive run for the Senate District 27 seat. Platts’s impressive 2012 electoral showing was 5% more than that of the previous Green candidate Bill Linnell.

 “This is a sure sign of fear by the establishment”, said John Eder, Platts’s Campaign Coordinator. “They see us making steady electoral gains in the district of the type that lead up to my victory in 2002”, said Eder who represented Portland’s West End in the Maine Legislature as the nations highest elected Green. “I feel for the guy, I’ve been in Asher’s position before”, Eder continued, “they’re using dirty legal tricks against Asher like they used the redistricting process to try to get rid of me. That backfired on them then and this will backfire on them now. Voters don’t appreciate this type of thing, it just looks real ugly.”

Platts, known to fans of his podcast as the Punk Patriot, is working on finding a lawyer to represent him  pro bono at the Challenge Hearing in Augusta to be held Monday. Mach 21st . “They’re trying to throw road blocks in my path by disrupting my work week, disrupting my collection of Clean Elections Fund donations, and forcing a low income person like me to retain a lawyer on short notice”, said Platts. “I’m not daunted. Since becoming an activist outside the two party system, I’ve always had to work 10 times harder to challenge the entrenched power structures, and I’m not backing down now.”

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2012 Green Party Election Wrap Up by the Numbers (Brent McMillan)

The Green Party ran 313 candidates last year, and enters 2013 with 133 Greens serving in office, 20 of them in partisan positions.

No single individual has done more to track Green Party elected officials and Green Party candidates nationwide than former Green Party Executive Director Brent McMillan.  Brent has compiled the following 2012 Election Wrap up, which includes a summary of current Elected Greens.

2012 Green Party Election Wrap-up by the numbers

1/6/2013

by Brent McMillan

313 green party candidates ran for election in 2012. By comparison 308 green party candidates ran for election in 2008, 437 green party candidates ran for election in 2004 and 282 green party candidates ran for election in 2000, the presidential election years.

Three out of four offices that greens ran for in 2012 were partisan, by my count, 235.

45 greens were elected to office in 2012, 14% of those who ran. Of those Greens won 50% of the non-partisan offices that they ran for and only 3% of the partisan.

Twenty of the 45, less that half, were incumbents seeking re-election.

Six of the wins were partisan:

Alvin Clay was elected to Mississippi County Justice of the Peace, District 6, AR.

Kade Holliday was elected to Craighead County Clerk, AR.

Fred Smith was elected to State Representative District 50, AR.

Roger Watkins was elected to Craighead County Constable District 6, AR.

Art Goodtimes was re-elected to San Miquel County Commissioner District 3, CO.

Korine Elizabeth Bachleda was re-elected to Newberg Township Clerk in Cass County, MI.

Officeholder summary for 2012:

Alaska:

Mike Musick did no seek re-election to FSNB Borough Assembly Seat G.

Arkansas:

Joy Ballard left the Green Party.

Alvin Clay was elected to Mississippi County Justice of the Peace, District 6 (Fall Election.)

Kade Holliday was elected to Craighead County Clerk (Fall Election.)

Fred Smith was elected to State Representative District 50 (Fall Election.)

Roger Watkins was elected to Craighead County Constable District 6 (Fall Election.)

California:

Sylvia Aroth was elected to At-Large Community Officers, Venice Neighborhood Council, Los Angeles (Fall Election.)

Sylvia Arrodondo was elected to Members-At-Large, Wilmington Neighborhood Council, Los Angeles (Fall Election.)

Robert Baird did not seek re-election to Neighborhood Council, Los Angeles

Harold Bock did not seek re-election to Neighborhood Council, Los Angeles

Wendell Conn was elected to Area 2 Representatives, Empowerment Congress West Neighborhood Council, Los Angeles (Fall Election.)

Bruce Delgado was re-elected to Mayor of Marina City, Monterrey County (Fall Election.)

Jennifer Gill did not seek re-election to Neighborhood Council, MacArthur Park, District 2 Residential Representative, Los Angeles.

Phyllis Greenleaf was elected to Live Oak Elementary School District Board of Education Trustee,  Santa Cruz County (Fall Election.)

John Laue did not seek re-election to Neighborhood Council, Sunland-Tujunga, Region 1 Representatives, Los Angeles.

Jack Lindblad was elected to Arleta At-Large Neighborhood Council, Los Angeles (Fall Election.)

Gregory Luke was elected to Business Director, Eagle Rock Neighborhood Council, Los Angeles (Fall Election.)

Randy Marx was re-elected to Fair Oaks Water District; Division 4, Board of Directors, Sacramento County (Fall Election.)

Holly Madrigal left the Green Party.

Mike Perez lost his re-election to Board of Education Trustee, Aromas-San Juan Unified School District, Monterrey County (Fall Election.)

Adam Pergament did not seek re-election to Neighborhood Council, P.I.C.O, Wilshire Vista Neighborhood Association Representative, Los Angeles.

Kimberly Ann Peterson was unopposed for Geyserville Unified School District Board of Education Trustee, Sonoma County (uncontested contest not on ballot.)

Karen Pickett was unopposed for re-election to Canyon Elementary School District Board of Education, Contra Costa County (uncontested contest not on ballot.)

John Abraham Powell was elected to Montecito Fire District, Santa Barbara County (Fall Election.)

Andrew Ptashnik was elected to Mount Washington Representatives, Arroyo Seco Neighborhood Council, Los Angeles (Fall Election.)

John Stinson did not seek re-election to Neighborhood Council, Coastal San Pedro, Los Angeles.

Julio Santizo was re-elected to Residents Tenants Representatives, Rampart Village Neighborhood Council, Los Angeles (Fall Election.)

Kaitlin Sopoci-Belknap was re-elected to Humboldt County Water Board District 1 (Fall Election.)

Colorado:

Jeffrey Bergeron did not seek re-election to Breckenridge Town Council, Summit County.

Art Goodtimes was re-elected to San Miquel County Commissioner District 3 (Fall Election.)

District of Columbia:

Renee Bowser ran unopposed for SMD 4D02 Advisory Neighborhood District Commissioner (Fall Election.)

Joyce Robinson-Paul was elected to SMD 5E05 Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner (Fall Election.)

JB Shoatz lost his re-election to SMD 8B04 Advisory Neighborhood District Commissioner (Fall Election.)

Carolyn Steptoe was elected to SMD 5B04 Advisory Neighborhood District Commissioner (Fall Election.)

Maine:

Kevin Donogue was re-elected to Portland City Council, District 1 (Fall Election.)

David Marshall was re-elected to Portland City Council, District 2 (Fall Election.)

Holly Seeliger was elected to Portland School Board District 2 (Fall Election.)

Massachusetts:

Miriam Dayton is no longer a Amherst Town Meeting Member, Precinct 6, Hampshire County.

Frank Gatti was re-elected to Amherst Town Meeting Member, Precinct 8, Hampshire County (Spring Election.)

Eleanor Manire-Gatti was elected to Amherst Town Meeting Member, Precinct 8, Hampshire County (Spring Election.)

M.K. Merelice was re-elected to Brookline Town Meeting Member, Precinct 6, Norfolk County (Spring Election.)

Vincent O’Connor was re-elected to Amherst Town Meeting Member, Precinct 1, Hampshire County (Spring Election.)

Michigan:

Korine Elizabeth Bachleda was re-elected to Newberg Township Clerk in Cass County (Fall Election.)

Minnesota:

Laura Libby was elected to Crystal City Council Section 1, Hennepin County (Fall Election.)

John Matheson was elected to Anoka City Council At-Large, Anoka County (Fall Election.)

New Mexico:

Andrew Feldman did not seek re-election to Las Vegas City Council Ward 3, San Miguel County.

New York:

David Doonan was re-elected to Mayor of the Village of Greenwich, Washington County (Spring Election.)

Oregon:

Michael Beilstein was re-elected to Corvallis City Council Ward 5, Benton County (Fall Election.)

Chandler Cruise was elected to Mayor of Antelope, Wasco County (Fall Election.)

Richard Hervey was re-elected to Corvallis City Council Ward 3, Benton County (Fall Election.)

James Nicita did not seek re-election to Oregon City Commissioner Position 3.

Michael Weinberg, Clackamas County Soil and Water Conservation District Director, Position 2, At-Large switched to Green in 2012.

Pennsylvania:

Frank Divonzo, Jr. is no longer an Auditor for the Borough of Paxtang in Dauphin County.

South Carolina:

Eugene Platt was re-elected to James Island Public Service District (Fall Election.)

Virginia:

Don Langrehr did not seek re-election to Blacksburg Town Council.

Washington:

Max Mania, Port Angeles City Council, Clallam County switched to green in 2012.

Wisconsin:

David Conley was re-elected to Douglas County Board of Supervisors District 20 (Spring Election.)

Greg David was re-elected to Jefferson County Board of Supervisors District 3 (Spring Election.)

Ron Hardy was elected to Winnebago County Board of Supervisors District 17 (Spring Election.)

John Hendrick was re-elected to Dane County Board of Supervisors District 6 (Spring Election.)

Kathryn Kienholz was re-elected to Polk County Board of Supervisors District 6 (Spring Election.)

Leland Pan was elected to Dane County Board of Supervisors District 5 (Spring Election.)

Kyle Richmond was re-elected to Dane County Board of Supervisors District 27 (Spring Election.)

Barbara Vedder did not seek re-election to Dane County Board of Supervisors District 2.

The Green Party starts 2013 with 133 elected officeholders, 20 of which are partisan offices.

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Richard Walton 1928-2012

From GPUS:

Richard Walton died last week. He is an important part of our history as a party. He was always, from the getgo of our party and before, deeply wanting there to be a strong third party in the United States. As part of this, he ran for Vice President for the Citizens Party in 1984, a precursor of the Green Party. Sonia Johnson was the party’s presidential candidate that year. He helped found the Rhode Island Green Party several years later. Together with Tony Affigne and Greg Gerritt and others from that state, he also helped in founding the Association of State Green Parties in 1996/7/8. He served as Secretary of two vitally important early meetings of the ASGP – in Topsham. Maine in the fall of 1997 and in Santa Fe in the Spring of 1998. His extensive notes were crucial in giving depth and vibrancy to ASGP, the organization which morphed in a few years into the Green Party of the United States in 2001. Richard has been a stalwart member of its National Committee and its International Committee to the present day.

Richard has an amazing history of accomplishments as a journalist, a prolific author (of 12 books), as a teacher (including The New School for Social Research in NYC, and Rhode Island College, where among other achievements he helped unionize Adjunct Faculty), and as a political and community activist. He is well known as an activist against poverty, homelessness, and hunger. He has traveled to 50 countries, especially to Africa and the Mid-East. His participation in the USGP’s International Committee was steady and balanced in his ability to sort out the problems of a growing and often controversial Committee. In 2008, Richard was interviewed as part of a major feature article in The Providence Phoenix.

A personal friend, I mourn his passing and celebrate his life,

John Rensenbrink
Maine

additional information on Richard Walton can be found on wikipedia

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Green Party calls for a Student Debt Jubilee, urges student protests against skyrocketing tuition costs

WASHINGTON, DC — Green Party leaders spoke out on education at the beginning of the New Year and called for a student debt jubilee and free tuition to state colleges and universities in 2013.

Jill Stein, 2012 Green Party nominee for President: “A student debt jubilee, with forgiveness for all student loans, would be more than just a New Year’s gift for students and former students enduring crushing student loan debt while facing dim prospects in today’s job market. Freeing students from the debt trap would be comparable to the GI Bill, enacted after World War II, which sent millions of veterans to college and helped jumpstart America’s postwar period of unprecedented prosperity. Instead of buying up $40 billion a month in toxic mortgage securities, we should be buying up student loans and forgiving them. Instead of bailing out the banks, whose waste, fraud, and abuse caused the economic crisis, we should be bailing out the students who are the victims of that crisis.”

Alex Shantz, Youth Caucus delegate to the Green Party’s National Committee and co-chair for the Green Party of California: “Students in the U.S. are being cheated. Skyrocketing tuition costs have burdened today’s students with tens of thousands of dollars in debt, sometimes hundreds of thousands of dollars as interest compounds. Financial sector companies, including Sallie Mae, have turned higher education into a scheme for indentured servitude, with many students stuck in low-paying jobs. The current system is creating compliant workers for Big Business and is resegregating our schools by race and economic class. Meanwhile, students in Europe enjoy free or low-cost college tuition at state-run colleges and universities.”

Samantha Rocknowski, co-chair of the Green Party’s Youth Caucus: “I have about $43,000 in student loans, and I’m still without a full-time job a year after finishing school, for all the money I spent getting a higher education. There are millions of college graduates with debts like mine or worse (http://libertystreeteconomics.newyorkfed.org/2012/03/grading-student-loans.html). We need a student movement against the debt trap and mounting tuition costs — a movement that’s comparable to the student protests of the 1960s. Jill Stein made the $1 trillion student debt crisis and the need for drastic change a top priority in her campaign as the Green Party’s 2012 presidential nominee. This debt is a drag on the U.S. economy, while bipartisan austerity measures, combined with high military spending and tax cuts for the wealthy, are only creating more debt and making more students and graduates helpless. We urge students in the U.S. to stand up and protest — like the students in Quebec who demonstrated en masse against tuition hikes in 2012 and won concessions.”
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Obama, GOP pushing U.S. in wrong direction in “Fiscal Cliff”

From Jill Stein & Cheri Honkala, the Green Party’s 2012 Presidential ticket:

Ending the Great Recession, not the deficit, is nation’s top priority

2012 Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein said today that the so-called Fiscal Cliff Talks “need to focus on putting Americans back to work while creating a sustainable economy,” and that the U.S. can do that and end the deficit by:

  • Restoring progressive taxes on wealthy Americans and corporations, comparable to rates in the Eisenhower and Nixon eras.
  • Cutting the waste and excess in the military budget.
  • Curtailing rising health care costs by transitioning to a Medicare for All insurance system.
  • Investing in a “Green New Deal” that would create the foundation for sustainable prosperity for the 21st Century.

Stein criticized Obama’s latest proposals as, “throwing ordinary Americans under the bus while continuing to reward the economic elite.” These proposals cut the cost of living adjustments for Social Security, seek $400 billion in unspecified cuts to Medicare and other health care programs, extend the Bush tax cuts for households making as much as $400,000, and fast track changes to the corporate tax code.”

“The bipartisan policies of recent decades made the rich a lot richer, pushed millions into poverty and insecurity, and created a 16 trillion dollar national debt. Now both establishment parties are using the national debt as a concocted excuse to cut critical services including Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, unemployment insurance and food stamps.  While their proposals differ around the margins, both Democrats and Republicans are promoting austerity budgets that are highly likely to deepen and extend the Great Recession. We need a prosperity budget not an austerity budget. By redirecting trillions of dollars being wasted on the bloated military, Wall Street bail outs, health insurance profiteering, and tax breaks for the wealthy, we have more than enough money to fund our real urgent needs – job creation, infrastructure investments, reducing mortgage and student debt, health care as a human right, and aggressive action against climate change,” said Dr. Stein.

Cheri Honkala, the Green’s 2012 vice-presidential candidate, added “Obama’s token tax hikes of a few percent on high incomes won’t raise significant revenue and are being used as a phony progressive cover to sell the public on Wall Street’s program of cutting social insurance and public services so the super-rich won’t have to pay their taxes. The Fix the Debt crowd are willing to use their small hit on personal income taxes in order to get big cuts on their corporate tax rates, including a ‘territorial tax system’ that enables them to repatriate profits from abroad at no or very low tax rates.”

The proposal made by Jill Stein is consistent with a deficit plan that came from the Occupy Movement, The 99%’s Deficit Proposal: How to create jobs, reduce the wealth divide and control spending. “When people outside of the bipartisan consensus look at the problems the country faces, they see real and immediate solutions. It’s the establishment politicians, corrupted by billions in campaign contributions, that don’t get it.”

Stein went on, “Case in point – the military budget, which consumes more than half of  discretionary dollars, can be cut significantly by replacing private contractors, closing many of the more than 1,100 foreign military bases, and eliminating massive waste, including weapons systems that even the Pentagon says it does not need.

“The solution to the increasing costs of health care for programs like Medicare and Medicaid is not to raise Medicare age limits or reduce health benefits but to bring all Americans into an improved Medicare for All. Medicare for all would eliminate the$570 billion wasted annually on health insurance companies and control rising health care costs,” added Stein.

According to Stein, an array of progressive tax proposals should be implemented including: taxing capital gains at the same rates as wages, ending off-shore tax havens, and enacting a  ½% financial transaction tax that could raise over $800 billion in a decade.

Stein also called for a carbon tax on fossil fuel companies to pay for hundreds of billions of dollars every year in military expenditures, health injuries and environmental damage. Billions could also be saved enacting a windfall profits tax and ending tax subsidies for fossil fuels and nukes.

“We reject the austerity policies being foisted on us by both parties, which will hurt everyone, especially working people and the poor. It’s time to stand up for real solutions that will fix the deficit by creating an economy that works for everyday people,” added Honkala.

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Art Goodtimes (Colorado) Wins Re-Election to County Commissioner Post

Art Goodtimes won his re-election to San Miguel County Commissioner District 3, Colorado. He finished first of three candidates with 1,746 votes or 42.37 %. This is a partisan office, four year term.

From his website:

Art Goodtimes of Norwood is described on Thunderbear website thusly: A poet of quiet truths and epic hopes, a dream-spinner whose heart is made of Earth, fire, stone, water. He grew up in the embrace of San Francisco and has walked many paths. This artist, author, poet-performer, bioregionalist, paleohippie, Green county commissioner, husband, father, fungiphile, and basket weaver is hooked on heirloom spuds and southwest wind. He is the creator of Talking Gourds, a traveling tribal poetry feast, and runs the Telluride Mushroom Festival as poet-in-residence.

Goodtimes was recently featured in an article in the Colorado Statesman about the Colorado Green Party which illustrated the philosophical differences within the Green Party about whether it should focus on high profile (Congressional, legislative, etc.) races versus local races. Goodtimes, as a 16 year veteran as an elected Green on the San Miguel County Commission, strongly supports the local position in the argument. (I myself was elected to my County Board, so I can respect where he is coming from.)

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Green Party advances in state, local races on Election Day 2012

Green Party Press Release:

WASHINGTON, DC — The Green Party made several advances in state, county, and local races, with a new legislator in Arkansas and several new city councilors.

“We congratulate our winners and we thank all of our candidates for running strong Green campaigns, from our presidential ticket to our state and local contenders,” said Budd Dickinson, , co-chair of the Green Party of the United States.

At least 312 Greens ran for public office in 2012, with at least 20 victories on Nov. 6. In total, 381,225 votes were cast across the U.S. for Green candidates running for the House of Representatives. Another 205,739 votes were cast for Green U.S. Senate candidates. A list of Green victors and candidates achieving noteworthy percentages in state and local races (reported as of Thursday afternoon) is appended below.
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