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Washington Post profiles DC Statehood Green candidate Eugene Puryear

Posted in Local Elections on October 30th, 2014 by Dave Schwab – Be the first to comment

p eugene puryear officeFrom the Washington Post:

Name: Eugene Puryear

Party: Statehood Green

Age: 28

Neighborhood: Congress Heights

Education: B.A., Howard University

Family: single

Occupation: radio producer, Liberation Media

Notable endorsements: TENAC, American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Local 2401 (representing workers in the D.C. Child and Family Services Agency and the Department of Human Services)

Total funds raised: $17,977

So who are you? I’m someone who has been here for 10 years, someone who came here to be involved in the political scene. I grew up in Charlottesville, Va. My father was director of African American affairs for the University of Virginia, and my mom was also an educator. It played a huge role. My father was huge in the Civil Rights Movement. He was involved in the Non-Partisan Voters’ League in Alabama. I was growing up with a lot of stories from the Civil Rights era. Oftentimes, politics was an all-day, every-day thing, with a heavy social justice influence. read more »

Who will the Maine Greens endorse for Governor?

Posted in Local Elections, State Party News on October 28th, 2014 by Dave Schwab – 1 Comment

From the Maine Green Independent Party:

The Maine Green Independent Party’s steering committee voted in 2013 not to field a candidate for Governor so that we could focus our time, resources and energy on recruiting and supporting the largest slate of legislative and municipal candidates that we’ve fielded since 2002!

We respect the individual opinions of our membership and your ability to make up your own mind about the race for governor. 

Rather than ask you to spend your time, resources, and energy outside of the Green Party, we’re asking you to focus your time, resources, and energy on electing the largest slate of legislative and municipal candidates that we’ve fielded since 2002!

We hope that you will join us in supporting our candidates for state legislature. read more »

Green for Greens: Lena Buggs for Minnesota State Representative

Posted in Local Elections on October 24th, 2014 by Dave Schwab – 1 Comment

p lena buggsGreen For Greens is about highlighting some of the most exciting Green candidates across the United States – and asking our readers to contribute what they can to help these candidates succeed. We are committed to building a party of peace, justice, democracy and ecology, free of corporate money and control, and the best way to do that is by supporting the courageous candidates who are spreading our message and building our party every day.

Lena Buggs of St. Paul has gone from tireless community organizer to tireless campaigner. An advocate for empowering women of color in the political process, and an organizer for LGBT rights, housing justice, living wages, and voting rights, Lena Buggs is taking her engagement to the next level in a campaign for State Representative in District 65A (within St. Paul).

Along with Andy Dawkins for Attorney General, Skip Sandman for Congress, Kris Osbakken for State Representative 7A (Duluth), and Ira Jourdain for Minneapolis School Board, Lena Buggs’ campaign for State Representative in District 65A embodies the resurgent Minnesota Green Party‘s strategy of targeting resources to strategic campaigns.

Contribute today to help elect Lena Buggs as Minnesota’s first Green state representative!

Read on for Lena Bugg’s bio from her website: read more »

South Carolina Green legislative nominee gets TV coverage

Posted in Local Elections, State Party News on October 23rd, 2014 by Gregg Jocoy – Be the first to comment

As reported yesterday here at Green Party Watch, Sue Edward no longer faces a Republican nominee as that candidate, Bobby Harrell, has admitted guilt in a case involving official corruption.

WCIV, the ABC affiliate in Charleston, covered the race. As the reporter says in the piece, the Republican Party is now trying to find a way to avoid the consequences of nominating a criminal by demanding a special election instead of honoring the results of the election already scheduled. WCIV-TV | ABC News 4 – Charleston News, Sports, Weather

SC Green Sue Edward Faces Only Democrat as Republican Speaker of the House Resigns Facing Indictment.

Posted in Local Elections on October 22nd, 2014 by Gregg Jocoy – 1 Comment
Sue Edward, SC GP nominee for House District 114

Sue Edward SC GP nominee for House District 114

Sue Edward, a long time co-chair of the South Carolina Green Party, has had a golden opportunity laid at her feet. The incumbent she is running against is House Speaker Bobby Harrell.

Harrell has been under investigation for two years under pressure from Republican and libertarian groups. He will reportedly confess to a series of misdemeanors, and resign his seat. He would also be removed from the ballot and state law seems to indicate that the Republicans will have no nominee in the race. Will the Republicans opt to vote for the Democrat, the Green, or not vote at all?

For more on Speaker Harrell’s criminal indictments, read below the fold.
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Green for Greens: Keiko Bonk for Hawaii State Representative

Posted in Local Elections on October 7th, 2014 by Dave Schwab – Be the first to comment

Green For Greens is about highlighting some of the most exciting Green candidates across the United States – and asking our readers to contribute what they can to help these candidates succeed. We are committed to building a party of peace, justice, democracy and ecology, free of corporate money and control, and the best way to do that is by supporting the courageous candidates who are spreading our message and building our party every day.

p keiko bonkKeiko Bonk, co-founder of the Hawaii Green Party and the first Green elected to partisan office in the United States (Hawaii County Council 1992), is running for Hawaii State House in District 20. Bonk ran a strong campaign for the same office in 2012, in a race that ended with the Hawaii Green Party suing the state for running out of ballots, distributing ballots with the wrong names, and other irregularities.

Click here to contribute to Keiko Bonk’s campaign.

From Keiko Bonk’s website: read more »

Green for Greens: Eugene Puryear for DC City Council

Posted in Local Elections on October 2nd, 2014 by Dave Schwab – Be the first to comment

Green For Greens is about highlighting some of the most exciting Green candidates across the United States – and asking our readers to contribute what they can to help these candidates succeed. We are committed to building a party of peace, justice, democracy and ecology, free of corporate money and control, and the best way to do that is by supporting the courageous candidates who are spreading our message and building our party every day.

From Ben Manski, former co-chair of the Green Party US:

This November, it might be the case that one of the elections that matters most for you will take place somewhere you don’t live and can’t vote. That might be the case, that is, unless you live in our nation’s capital.
Puryear for the People

I was in Washington D.C. the other week to rally for ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment. I got up on Saturday morning and took the Metro to the Washington Mall. Emerging out of the station and into the rain, I was greeted by volunteers for Eugene Puryear’s city council campaign

Later that day, I took the Metro to Du Pont Circle. There again, I ran into volunteers for Puryear, tabling and holding signs.

I walked a mile from the station, heading for a meeting. Along the way, I ran into an old friend from Wisconsin who informed me that just the previous night he’d held a house party for . . .Eugene Puryear.

There is a well organized, excited, and visionary political campaign underway in the Washington D.C..
 That campaign is doing everything it needs to do to win. And what a win it would be: To elect a D.C. Statehood Green Party candidate to government in the capital of the United States. read more »

Green trailblazer Keiko Bonk running for Hawaii State Representative

Posted in Local Elections on September 25th, 2014 by Dave Schwab – 3 Comments

p keiko bonkKeiko Bonk, co-founder of the Hawaii Green Party and the first Green elected to partisan office in the United States (Hawaii County Council 1992), is running for Hawaii State House in District 20. Bonk ran a strong campaign for the same office in 2012, in a race that ended with the Hawaii Green Party suing the state for running out of ballots, distributing ballots with the wrong names, and other irregularities.

Keiko Bonk recently appeared with her Democratic and Republican opponents on PBS Hawaii. Watch the video here:

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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“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 »