Local Elections

Green leaders endorse Eugene Puryear for DC City Council

Posted in Local Elections on August 29th, 2014 by Dave Schwab – 1 Comment

p eugene puryearJill Stein, Cynthia McKinney, former US Attorney General Ramsey Clark, and a number of other progressive leaders have released an open letter endorsing DC Statehood Green Party candidate Eugene Puryear for DC Council at-large. From the letter:

There is a tremendous amount of anger at the rule of the corporate elites and tremendous desire for change. That much is clear. In this context, local campaigns are not just local, but opportunities to shine light on the deep reservoir of support that exists for serious, fighting progressive challenges to the 1% and their status quo. They serve to amplify the issues we fight for in the streets and expose those who constantly preach “moderation.” To paraphrase William Lloyd Garrison, “Tell a person whose house is on fire to sound a ‘moderate’ alarm.” read more »

Green candidate in Des Moines seeks Iowa House seat

Posted in Local Elections on June 27th, 2014 by Dave Schwab – Comments Off

p David Courard HauriThe Des Moines Register reports:

David Courard-Hauri, a Drake University professor, has announced he will run for an Iowa House seat in Des Moines on the Iowa Green Party ticket.

He is seeking election in House District 41 for a seat now held by state Rep. Jo Oldson, a Democrat. The district includes part of the Drake neighborhood and the city’s west side, and extends across southwest Des Moines. read more »

Green-endorsed Kshama Sawant pulls ahead of incumbent in Seattle vote count

Posted in Local Elections on November 15th, 2013 by Dave Schwab – Comments Off

Ip kshama sawantn a much-discussed race for Seattle City Council, the Seattle Green Party and 2012 Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein endorsed Socialist Alternative candidate Kshama Sawant. As of Thursday, Sawant leads the incumbent by over 1,000 votes. From KUOW:

Kshama Sawant remains ahead of Seattle City Councilmember Richard Conlin by 1,148. On Wednesday, Sawant was ahead by 402 votes. If she maintains this lead, the race will not be eligible for a recount, although Conlin could contest the vote count and pay for a recount.   read more »

2013 Green Party election results

Posted in Local Elections on November 6th, 2013 by Dave Schwab – 4 Comments

Minneapolis, MN – Green Cam Gordon is reelected to the City Council, representing Ward 2.

Green-endorsed candidate Ty Moore received 1565 of 4310 votes, or 36.3%, in second place behind Democrat-Farmer-Labor candidate Alondra Cano, who has 39.4% of first-round votes (and who was endorsed by former Green vice presidential candidate Winona LaDuke). There were four other candidates in the race (see full results). Since Minneapolis uses instant-runoff voting, election administrators will begin round-by-round counting on 11/6, and continue until one candidate has at least 50% plus one.

Syracuse, NY – In unofficial results, Kevin Bott is at 2,305 votes for Mayor, or 15%, slightly behind Conservative Ian Hunter. Democrat Stephanie Miner wins the race.

Howie Hawkins is at 995 votes, or 40%, for District 4 City Councillor, behind Democrat Khalid Bey. As when Hawkins ran for the same seat in 2011, the Working Families Party invested resources in his opponent in the final days of the campaign. “Every Green vote was a conscious vote”, wrote Hawkins in his reflections on the campaign.

New York City, NY –  Anthony Gronowicz received 4,741 votes, or 0.5%, for Mayor.

Julia Willebrand received 19,544 votes, or 2%, for Comptroller.

James Lane received 16,088 votes, or 1.7%, for Public Advocate.

Carl Lundgren received 1,358 votes, or 1.1%, for Bronx Borough President.

Henry Bardel received 476 votes, or 0.7%, for Staten Island Borough President.

UPDATE: With 100% reporting, Lynne Serpe has 2,412 votes, or 15% for New York City Council District 22, behind Democrat Constantinides who has 67%. Serpe finished ahead of the Republican candidate, who took 11.2%.

Other City Council races:

District 2: Miles Budde received 1,359 votes for 6.8%.

District 6: Tom Siracuse received 690 votes for 1.9%.

District 7: Christina Gonzalez received 1,581 votes for 8%.

District 11: John Reynolds received 481 votes for 2.6%.

District 12: Trevor Archer received 243 votes for 1.3%.

District 18: Walter Nestler received 302 votes for 1.9%.

District 20: Evergreen Chou received 373 votes for 3.4%.

District 43: Patrick Dwyer received 342 votes for 1.7%.

Cleveland, OH – Cleveland City Councilman Brian Cummins, a Green, defeated challenger Brian Kazy 917-892 to win reelection to his Ward 14 seat. Cummins’ challenger was endorsed by Cleveland’s mayor, who had pushed a trash-to-energy plant that Cummins opposed.

Bangor, ME – Josh Plourde, a 22 year-old Green, was the top vote-getter for 3 spots on the Bangor City Council.

Portland, ME – Anna Trevorrow was the top vote-getter for 2 seats on Portland’s School Board.

Portland voters also passed a ballot question legalizing recreational marijuana for adults, with about 70% voting in favor. Portland’s Green Party was a strong supporter of the initiative.

California - Sixteen California Greens were elected to local government on November 5th, bringing to 18 elected overall in 2013, an all-time high for the party in an odd-numbered year – and bringing to 54 the number of California Greens currently holding public office statewide. Full story at gp.org.

Marnie Glickman, who ran in a competitive race for Las Gallinas Valley Sanitary District Board, appears to have come just short of winning a seat. Glickman took 21% of the vote, compared to 23.7% for the candidate who took the third of three seats.

Arlington, VA – Audrey Clement earned 31% of the vote for Arlington County Board, finishing behind incumbent Democrat Jay Fisette.

Seattle, WA – Kshama Sawant, a Socialist Alternative candidate for Seattle City Council District 2 endorsed by the Seattle Green Party and 2012 Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein, is at 46.7% of the vote to 53% for incumbent Richard Conlin with slightly less than half of ballots now counted. A victory for Sawant is still plausible in this tight race.

New London, CT – Mirna Martinez was elected to the New London Board of Education, the sole non-Democrat on the 7-member board.

Pennsylvania – The Green Party of Pennsylvania reports the following election victories:

Neil B. Haagen III was elected to Snow Shoe Boro Town Council.

Tausif Khan was elected Judge of Elections in Falls Township.

Eric Hamell was elected Inspector of Elections in Philadelphia.

Albany, NY – Theresa Portelli received 665 votes, or 4.5%, for Mayor.

Peter LaVenia received 55 votes, or 12.6%, for City Council Ward 11, finishing second ahead of the Republican, Independence Party, and Working Families Party candidates in the race.

Rochester, NY – Alex White received 1,690 votes, or 5.16%, for Mayor.

Emily Good received 12,952 votes, or 11.97%, for Monroe County Sheriff.

Three Greens running for 5 open seats on Rochester City Council fell short, with all five seats going to Democrats. Dorothy Paige received 3,426 votes for 3.05%, David Atias received 2,997 votes for 2.67%, and Drew Langdon received 2,814 votes for 2.5%.

In the race for School Commissioner, Lori Thomas finished 6th of 8 candidates for 3 seats with 2,775 votes for 3.89%.

Fall River, MA – Green-Rainbow Party candidate for Mayor Joe Carvalho came short of unseating incumbent Mayor Will Flanagan. Carvalho received 3,792 votes, or 31.4%, in Massachusetts’ tenth-largest city.

Holyoke, MA – Rick Purcell fell short of winning an at-large seat on Holyoke City Council, receiving 1,717 votes for 4%.

Pittsfield, MA – Mark Miller fell short of winning one of four at-large seats on Pittsfield City Council, receiving 2,378 votes, as compared to 3,459 for one incumbent who won reelection.

Cambridge, MA – In Cambridge’s at-large city council election, which uses a form of proportional representation, Elie Yarden finished 19th of 25 candidates for 9 seats.

 

Tomorrow is Election Day – Vote Green!

Posted in Local Elections on November 4th, 2013 by Dave Schwab – Comments Off

Vote Green Tomorrow!

For Green candidates in county and municipal elections, tomorrow is Election Day. If a Green is running in your area, remember to get out and vote! Here are some noteworthy Green campaigns. Click here to see our Media Committee’s latest release on which campaigns to watch tomorrow.

Brian Cummins running for re-election to the City Council in Cleveland, Ohio. As a member of the City Council in this city of nearly 400,000, Brian has set an example of how an elected Green can serve with integrity, transparency, and accountability to voters.

Johnny Howard is running for City Council in Saint Paul, Minnesota.
 Johnny, who is African-American, has spent 30 years building relationships with many cultural groups in his Frogtown neighboorhood, known as an enclave for Vietnamese and Hmong immigrants. (Also watch for news on Ty Moore for Minneapolis City Council!)

Joe Carvalho is running for Mayor of Fall River, Massachusetts. Joe has been getting media attention focusing on fixing Massachusetts’ 10th-largest city’s lack of fiscal discipine, ballooning deficit, and cuts to core municipal services. Greens around the county are working to rebuild our public infrastructures and reverse years of privatization efforts.

Also in New England, Ronna Stuller and Mirna Lis Martinez are running for City Council and Board of Education, respectiviely, in New London, Connecticut. Both received the local AFL-CIO’s endorsement last week.

On the West Coast, Marnie Glickman is running for the Las Gallinas Valley Sanitary District in Marin, California. Gladwyn D’Souza is running for City Council in Belmont, California with the endorsement of current and past mayors of that city of 25,000.

Unfortunately (fortunately!) there are too many Green candidates running this year to list here. We will be sending you more updates about results fromtomorrow’s election. Please contact your state or local Green Party to learn more. If no one is running in your area, talk to your state party about organizing your own campaign for next time!

 

 

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These Cities and States Have Gone Green

“Thank You!” to the following cites and states for organizing strong slates of multiple Green candidates:

25 Green Party members are running for office this week in California, almost half of them unopposed.

More than ten Greens are running for New York City Council, Borough President, or other city-wide offices.

In Connecticut, over a dozen Greens are running for a variety of local and state offices.

Six Green Party members are running for various offices in Rochester, New York. Lori Thomas, pictured below, is running for School Board. Click here to read the statement she made to the local newspaper.

 

 

 

 

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Rochester Green Party slate in the news

Posted in Local Elections on November 1st, 2013 by Dave Schwab – Comments Off

With a slate of 6 candidates running for local offices including mayor, city council, school board and sheriff, the Green Party of Rochester, NY is shaking up the city’s elections, normally one-party affairs dominated by the Democratic Party. Here are some recent stories about Rochester Greens:

Rochester City Newspaper: Meet Your Greens

Rochester Democrat and Chronicle: Emily Good (sheriff) will upend status quo

Rochester Democrat and Chronicle: Alex White (mayor) vows change on day one

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NY Greens make final drive in Syracuse, Queens

Posted in Local Elections on October 31st, 2013 by Dave Schwab – 2 Comments

From the New York Green Party:

SYRACUSE: Funds Needed For Get Out The Vote Drive
This week, Howie Hawkins found out that the Working Families Party brought out-of-town canvassers into Syracuse to support his opponent in the last days of the campaign for the Common Council’s 4th District. They did that in 2011 and Howie lost by 96 votes.
Why the Working Families Party is more concerned with defeating a Green than helping their endorsed Democrats beat Republicans is one question. Why they support THIS Democrat — a champion of tax breaks for developers whose campaign is funded by developers, who preaches the conservative message of fiscal self-sufficiency for Syracuse on a property tax base that is 56% exempt in a city with a 38% poverty rate — is another question.

The question for progressives is, can we beat the conservative class agenda of the Democratic Machine with an independent, progressive alternative? read more »

Feisty Green Party candidate waging spirited campaign in Harlem

Posted in Local Elections on October 30th, 2013 by Dave Schwab – 1 Comment

p christina gonzalezFrom Uncovered Politics:

On September 24, Christina González, a Green Party candidate for the open District 7 New York City Council seat in upper Manhattan, was arrested in a Harlem subway station on her way to protest the hiring of former CIA Director and U.S. General David Petraeus by the previously tuition-free City University of New York (CUNY).

Gonzalez is determined not to let the arrest detract from her campaign.  She explained recently that the incident was prompted by the fact the city’s public transportation has become prohibitively expensive for many New Yorkers.  More than 1.6 billion people use the subway yearly in New York City, and while some view public transit for being “just for poor people,”the average New York straphanger makes $55,000 a year, hardly a working-class wage. read more »

Queens Chronicle interviews Lynne Serpe, Green for New York City Council

Posted in Local Elections on October 29th, 2013 by Dave Schwab – 1 Comment

p lynne serpeFrom the Queens Chronicle:

Lynne Serpe, one of several candidates looking to take the District 22 City Council seat being vacated by Peter Vallone Jr. in January, says residents are in need of a change.

“Democracy is about choice,” she said. “This is the first time in a long time that the seat is completely open. For me, this election really gives the voters the opportunity to move forward and move forward in a way that is sustainable.”

As a candidate on the Green Party line, almost all of Serpe’s goals for District 22, which includes most of Astoria, involve sustainability.

“The city keeps rezoning industrial building zones but there is a way to support these businesses without rezoning,” she said. “If we want solar panels on commercial buildings, those need to be built somewhere, so why not bring those jobs here? The Brooklyn Navy Yard, though it is in a different ownership situation … by investing in rooftop farming and other environmentally friendly tactics, is a great example of what development can be.” read more »

Jill Stein and Matt Gonzalez: A call to action for two independent candidates

Posted in Local Elections on October 24th, 2013 by Dave Schwab – 1 Comment

Jill_Stein_432From SocialistAlternative.org:

Jill Stein was the 2012 Green Party nominee for President of the United States. Matt Gonzalez knows how to challenge the Democratic Party’s establishment. In 2003 he ran for mayor in San Francisco and in 2008 he became Ralph Nader’s running mate for vice president of the U.S. Here is their letter of support for our campaign: 

A CALL TO ACTION IN SUPPORT OF TWO INDEPENDENT CANDIDATES

As the American public is confronted with the latest example of two-party dysfunction, exemplified by the current government shutdown, two candidates running in local municipal races, in two different cities, pose an opportunity for the Left to govern and show the American people what we can accomplish when given a chance.  read more »

Rochester & Syracuse Democrats refuse to debate Greens

Posted in Local Elections on October 21st, 2013 by Dave Schwab – Comments Off

p kevin bottFrom Green Party US:

Syracuse

Green Party demands debate going into mayoral election

“We feel given the state of the city right now, the people deserve to hear all ideas and perspectives about the cities future,” said Green Party candidate Kevin Bott.

When asked if she would debate, Democratic Mayor Stephanie Miner said “I am working from sun up to sun down, 12-14 hours a day. There is just not a lot of time in the day,” she said. “I’m meeting with lots of people, talking about lots of issues so that is what I am focused on,”

Rochester

Lovely Warren won’t debate Alex White in Rochester read more »

Green New York City council candidate: Tax Wall Street

Posted in Local Elections on October 17th, 2013 by Dave Schwab – Comments Off

From The Villager:

With no Green Party candidate in sight for the City Council District 2 race, Miles Budde decided to step up to the plate. A few months ago, a friend of Budde’s told him the Green Party was looking for a candidate to run in the East Side district. Budde agreed to help with the search, and said if they could not find anyone, he would take it a little further and be the candidate — and the offer stuck. read more »

Green candidate for Albany mayor outlines plan for city

Posted in Local Elections on October 15th, 2013 by Dave Schwab – 2 Comments

p theresa portelliFrom the Albany Times Union:

Laying out her economic plan for the city Monday morning, Green Party mayoral candidate Theresa Portelli said she wants Albany to replace property tax with a land value tax to battle blight and create jobs, adding that she feels much-discussed plans for a downtown convention center and aquarium are not practical or sustainable.

“I’d rather invest and raise awareness of Albany as the sixth oldest city in the U.S.,” Portelli said outside the new Honest Weight Food Co-Op on Watervliet Avenue. “I think it’s really a tourist draw.”

Portelli chose to speak in front of the co-op because, she said, Albany needs more successful member-owned businesses that mirror Honest Weight.

She said that instead of standard property tax she’d like to see a land-use tax. Such a plan would disregard value of buildings and property and take into account the value of the land itself. Portelli said this would help force owners who sit on abandoned or vacant properties to give up or develop those assets. Portelli said she would like to see jobs created by hiring people to renovate those buildings into sustainable housing. read more »

Green Party fields 10 candidates in Stamford, CT

Posted in Local Elections on October 15th, 2013 by Dave Schwab – Comments Off

From GreenwichTime.com:

The Green Party will again field candidates on Stamford’s November ballot, although it will not put forth any contenders for the city’s highest office.

The party, which laid claim to 57 registered voters in Stamford as of Sept. 16, did not nominate a mayoral candidate for the first time in three election cycles. Darek Shapiro ran for mayor in 2005 and Rolf Maurer, a perennial Green Party candidate in Stamford, sought the office in 2009.

This year, the Green Party decided “to focus its efforts instead on races for the Board of Representatives, as well as Board of Education and Constable,” Fairfield County Green Party spokesman David Bedell said in a news release Wednesday.

Ten Green Party candidates will appear on the November ballot, including eight for the Board of Representatives, one for the Board of Education and one for city constable. Richard Duffee, the Green Party’s school board candidate, said he wants to broaden the curriculum in city schools. read more »

Greens kick off campaigns in New London, CT

Posted in Local Elections on September 25th, 2013 by Dave Schwab – Comments Off

From The Day Connecticut:

The New London Green Party has nominated two candidates for the November municipal election and will kick off its campaign on Saturday.

Last week, the Greens nominated Ronna Stuller for City Council and Mirna Martinez for Board of Education. Martinez has also been endorsed by the Republican Town Committee.  read more »