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Green Party makes progress on ballot access in 2014

Posted in Ballot Access on November 20th, 2014 by Dave Schwab – Be the first to comment

From Ballot Access News:

p Green Party US new logoThe Green Party is now on the ballot for president in 2016 in nineteen states. By contrast, four years ago it was on in fourteen states. For purposes of this sentence, the District of Columbia is treated as a state.

The Arizona Green Party submitted 30,000 signatures on November 14, so in all likelihood it will soon be on in Arizona. It has almost finished its Maryland petition drive and expects to submit those signatures in December, so it will probably soon be on in 21 states, the most it has ever had following a midterm election.

Relative to four years ago, the Green Party has gained Delaware, Hawaii, New Mexico, Oregon, and Wisconsin.

Green Party highlights from Election Day 2014

Posted in Ballot Access, Congressional Campaigns, Local Elections, State Wide Elections on November 13th, 2014 by Dave Schwab – 1 Comment

From Green Party US:

Election results http://www.greenpartywatch.org/2014/11/04/green-party-2014-election-results and http://gp.org/election-wrapup

p hawkins for governor girlWASHINGTON, D.C. — The Green Party made several advances in the 2014 general election on November 4, with Green candidates winning 27 seats and ballot lines held for most state Green Parties.

The most closely watched Green races were in Richmond, California, where outgoing Mayor Gayle McLaughlin overcame a $3-million campaign by Chevron to defeat her slate, and New York, where Howie Hawkins challenged incumbent Gov. Andrew Cuomo. read more »

2014 Green Party State Wide Candidates

Posted in Ballot Access, State Wide Elections on September 21st, 2014 by Ronald Hardy – 7 Comments

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

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    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

2014 Green Party Congressional Candidates

Posted in Ballot Access, Congressional Campaigns on September 21st, 2014 by Ronald Hardy – Comments Off

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

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    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)

Illinois Green Party Governor and Sec. of State candidates to run as write-ins

Posted in Ballot Access, State Wide Elections on September 9th, 2014 by Dave Schwab – Comments Off

scott-summersThe Chicago Sun-Times reports:

Two Illinois Green Party candidates who were on a statewide slate that was knocked off the ballot last month will run as write-in candidates this November.

Scott K. Summers will run for governor as a write-in, and Sheldon Schafer will run for secretary of state. read more »

MA Greens sue after candidate’s signatures rejected over color of petitions

Posted in Ballot Access on August 27th, 2014 by Dave Schwab – 1 Comment

p jp lowenthalFrom the Massachusetts Green-Rainbow Party:

Secretary Galvin Sued over Rejection of Voter Signatures; Rejection of Ballot Petitions Clears Way for Democratic Incumbent to Run Unopposed

State election officials have rejected all 3000 voter signatures collected by Green-Rainbow Party candidate Jason Lowenthal, who is running for Congress against Democratic incumbent Michael Capuano in the 7th Congressional District of Massachusetts. This clears the way for Capuano to run unopposed for a seventh term. read more »

Summers, Illinois Greens Sue State Over Election Rules

Posted in Ballot Access, Press Release, State Party News on July 17th, 2014 by Ronald Hardy – 1 Comment

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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Green campaign for Pennsylvania Governor enters final week of petitioning

Posted in Ballot Access on July 17th, 2014 by Dave Schwab – 6 Comments

The Pennsylvania Green Party is in the home stretch of a campaign to gather 17,000 signatures to put Paul Glover for Governor and Wendy Lynne Lee for Lt. Governor on the ballot. Signatures must be submitted by July 25th.

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It would be quite an achievement to get a Green ticket on the top of the ballot in Pennsylvania, which has become notorious in recent years for its anti-democratic and punitive ballot access laws. The state of Pennsylvania is still attempting to collect a fine of over $80,000 from 2006 Green US Senate candidate Carl Romanelli after throwing Romanelli off the ballot, and the state was cited by the Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (set up by the Helsinki Accords for human rights) for its repression of political rights.

From the Glover for Governor campaign:

The Green Party is required to gather 17,000 signatures to get on the ballot, while Democrats and Republicans needed 2,000 signatures. read more »

Illinois Green Party hiring petitioners to finish ballot access drive

Posted in Ballot Access on June 19th, 2014 by Dave Schwab – Comments Off

p omar lopez rosa clementeThe Illinois Green Party is collecting signatures through June 22nd to get their statewide candidates on the ballot, including Omar Lopez for US Senate and Scott Summers for Governor. From the Illinois Green Party:

The technical requirement to get our slate of candidate on the ballot is 25,000 signatures from registered voters, but because of the punitive and anti-democratic election laws in Illinois, we require a significant overage of signatures. Our goal is 40,000 signatures by Sunday, June 22nd. With everyone’s help, this is possible. Plus, if you need motivation, we can pay you.

The Illinois Green Party has been hiring paid petitioners to help us with our ballot drive. Two of our unpaid volunteers, Rita Maniotis and Sheldon Schafer, have collected over 2,000 signatures each. Scott Summers, our candidate for Governor, has personally collected over 1,000. Dozens of other volunteers have freely given up their evenings, weekends, and time away from their families to put the Green Party on the ballot in 2014.

In order to respect that level of effort from our volunteers, so that their efforts are not in vain, the Illinois Green Party allocated significant money to ensure we get on the ballot this year. We are currently hiring petitioners read more »

FairVote verdict on CA Top Two primary: “Admirable goals, indefensible outcomes”

Posted in Ballot Access on June 12th, 2014 by Dave Schwab – Comments Off

FairVote has published an insightful commentary on California’s Top Two primary, which was used in statewide elections for the first time on June 3rd. From Fairvote:

On June 3, California held primaries for nearly all major state and federal offices, including governor and 53 U.S. House seats. Since the approval of a 2010 ballot measure, the state has used a “top two primary,” versions of which are also used in Washington and Louisiana. In the top two primary, all candidates for an office run against one another, and voters select a single candidate. The two candidates with the most votes advance to the November election, regardless of party affiliation.

Sounds simple, right? What could go wrong? read more »

Democrats Try to Kick Green Off Ballot in Wisconsin

Posted in Ballot Access, State Party News on June 9th, 2014 by admin – 5 Comments

mikelaforestCORRECTION (6/9/14 : 4:30 PM) – Libertarian Phillip Anderson is also on the ballot for the 47th Assembly District. Our information was incorrect. Apologies to Mr. Anderson.

Mike LaForest submitted 284 signatures to get on the ballot for the 47th Assembly District in Wisconsin. The district is in Dane County and includes portions of Madison, Fitchberg, Monona and other communities. The Democratic incumbent, Robb Kahl, has a history of voting for and supporting Republicans which may be why the Republicans aren’t running against him.

On Thursday, Joel Gratz, Executive Director of the Assembly Democratic Campaign Committee, challenged Mike LaForest’s nomination papers, ALL of them, requesting they be disqualified.  Why? First, he claims that the candidate registration lists LaForest as an “Independent” while his nomination papers indicate Green Party. He is apparently unaware that when third parties register, they HAVE to select Independent. Second, LaForest circulated all his own papers, which on the top candidate section clearly state that his legal address is Town of Blooming Grove and his mailing address is Madison, yet Mr. Gratz claims that the fact that LaForest’s circulator signature and address indicate Madison, which is his mailing address, all 284 are disqualified. Third, he claims that the top of the form for some of his sheets cut off half of the words that state “Nomination Paper for Partisan Office” – disqualifying those sheets, even though the sheets themselves clearly state that Mike LaForest is running for the 47th Assembly District on the Green Party ticket.  Gratzz goes on to challenge a dozen or more individual signatures claiming their residencies are out of district.

Aside from the fact that the challenge has no merit, one has to ask why the Democrats fear running in a two way race against a Green Party candidate so much so as to try to kick their opponent off the ballot on such frivolous charges? Could it be because this Dane County District knows they have a Republican running as a Democrat, and if enough of them know it, they just might vote Green?

The Government Accountability Board will be addressing all challenged ballot petitions on Tuesday, June 10th, and 9 a.m.

Mike LaForest addresses the issue here and here.

 

 

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

Posted in Ballot Access, State Party News on March 26th, 2014 by Ronald Hardy – 1 Comment

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.”

Green CA Governor candidate collecting signatures to fight new rules to keep minor parties off the ballot

Posted in Ballot Access, State Wide Elections on February 18th, 2014 by Dave Schwab – Comments Off

p luis rodriguez speechFrom the California Green Party:

What: Signature drive to overcome new election rules designed to keep traditionally qualified parties like the Greens  and others off the ballot
Who: Luis Rodriguez, Green Party endorsed candidate for governor, is collecting signatures to ensure being on the June 2014 ballot. 
Where: Hollywood, in front of  the Farm Fresh Ranch Market, 5520 Sunset Blvd.
When: Wednesday, February 19, 1pm-2pm
In the face of an almost seven-fold increase in the number of signatures to be on the ballot because of the Top Two, Green-endorsed candidate for Governor Luis J. Rodriguez will be signature gathering Wednesday afternoon in Hollywood, in front of  the Farm Fresh Ranch Market at 1pm.
Under California’s new Top Two law, statewide candidates from the minor parties  must collect 10,000 signatures to get their candidates on the ballot or pay the fee, which ranges from $2,600 to $3,500 per office.  The old signature threshold was just 150 signatures from party members. The signature deadline is Thursday, February 20th.
“Although we have risen to this challenge with dozens of unpaid, mostly young volunteer petition circulators, we regard the 10,000-signature requirement to be an undemocratic impediment to the ballot.,” says Rodriguez, who is waging a grassroots campaign on issues of ending poverty and the schools-to-prison pipeline. “The Top Two favors moneyed interests at the expense of diverse voices, that have every right to be heard. We call upon the legislature to amend this law in favor of more fair ballot access for the people of California.” read more »

York County PA Green Party candidate joins special election for state House seat

Posted in Ballot Access, Local Elections, Local Party News, State Party News on April 3rd, 2013 by Doonan – Comments Off
Bill Swartz

Bill Swartz

A Democrat, a Republican and a member of the Green Party are vying for the position vacated earlier this year by Eugene DePasquale, who won election to two offices in November and accepted the more prominent role of state auditor general.

Bill Swartz, a local developer and property manager, had his name officially added to the race by filing the necessary paperwork to appear on the May 21 ballot. Monday was the deadline to file nominating petitions.

Swartz is the president of Sherman Property Management Inc., which manages rental properties. He is also a co-developer of the Codo redevelopment project on North George Street.

The May 21 election coincides with the Democratic and Republican primaries, but all registered voters within the 95th District can cast a vote for state representative. The district includes York City, North York, West York, Spring Garden Township and part of West Manchester Township.

A member of the Green Party, Swartz faces steep competition. His opponents are Democrat Kevin Schreiber and Republican Bryan Tate.

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Green Party taps Iowa City to host meeting

Posted in Ballot Access, Grassroots Democracy, Local Elections, Local Party News, National Greens, State Party News on March 21st, 2013 by Doonan – 1 Comment

Third-party political activists say they hope to recruit more candidates to run for down-ballot races in the next few years.

The Green Party recently decided on Iowa City as the site for its annual national meeting this summer. The four-day event in July will include policy discussions and meetings between party officials from around the United States but also seminars for activists who might consider running for office.

“What we’ve been talking about is getting people to run for local office,” said Holly Hart, an Iowa City resident and Green Party organizer. “We want to open the door for promoting some of these values and policies on councils and boards.”

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