The Baltimore Sun quotes Baltimore Green Party mayoral candidate Joshua Harris on the not guilty verdict in the trial of Officer Edward Gero in the death of Freddie Gray: “Today, Officer Nero was found not guilty on all charges. I thank Judge Williams for doing his job and applaud the SAO for pursuing the case. While I respect the legal process, I am aware that there are systemic and structural problems with race, class and economic disparity that extend far beyond this trial. It is those issues that have created the conditions for us to be at this point. Sadly, not much has been done in the 1 year since the unrest to begin to address these disparities. These are conversations, evaluations and work that must be done far beyond the pursuit of justice in a single trial and should be focused on equity. I am focused, committed and proactively doing the work needed to ensure structural change happens. Our city and its justice system will and should work for every citizen. My platform that will be released in the coming weeks, on public safety, agency transparency and accountability will offer changes that can be made to move our city forward.”
G. Lee Aikin, a District of Columbia Statehood Green Party candidate for the D.C. council, won the D.C. Tenants’ Advocacy Commission straw poll in her at-large race. Aikin finished second behind Democrat Robert White; the top two candidates were declared victors in the top-two race.
There are eight declared or potential candidates in the race. In the straw poll, Aikin topped the two incumbents — one Democrat, one independent — who are seeking re-election.
Democrats have cross-endorsed the Green Party candidate for state representative in Connecticut’s 135th District, Bonnie Troy.
Connecticut’s Redding Pilot reports that Troy’s campaign “is mostly focused on the environment and renewable energy issues. … She says if elected her focus will be to raise awareness and help educate people on how to make more educated choices in local commerce, sustainable food, land care practices, and renewable energy choices.”
Troy received 19% of the vote for the seat two years ago against Republican incumbent John Shaban. But Shaban is not running for re-election, and this time, she “will appear in two places on the ballot — on the Green Party line and the Democratic line.”
Matt Funiciello, the Green Party nominee for U.S. House in New York’s 21st District, appeared on WWNY-TV, the CBS affiliate in Northern New York, on Tuesday.
Funiciello received 10.6% of the vote in the district in 2014, and believes he can make it a true three-way race this year.
“You do build name recognition if you run more than once, certainly. So it is my intent to get full name recognition,” he said. If you’re looking at a weakened [GOP Rep. Elise] Stefanik and a [Democrat] Mike Derrick polling at 30 or 35, you’ve got a three-way race on your hands. People stop worrying about the spoiler effect and start actually looking at the issues.”
He added, “Very few Americans are in disagreement with the Greens about most of the things we feel would make sense on a policy level.”
Baltimore City Paper writes that Green Party mayoral candidate Joshua Harris “could possibly offer up a challenge” to Democratic nominee Catherine Pugh. City Paper calls Harris “a strong, thoughtful candidate and much-loved by the city’s grassroots activists, and organizers and his passion and good ideas are likely to adjust the conversation.” The newspaper also says there are “plenty of positive murmurs” about city council candidate Ian Schlakman, and adds, “If any city is ripe for a Dems vs. Green election, it’s post-uprising Baltimore — a shift away from Baltimore’s one-party rule would be exciting.”
U.S. Senate: Margaret Flowers 125 (98%), None of the Above 3 (2%).
U.S. House, Third District: Nnabu Eze 18 (100%)
U.S. House, Fourth District: Kamesha Clark 2 (100%)
U.S. House, Sixth District: George Gluck 6 (100%)
U.S. House, Seventh District: Myles Hoenig 37 (86%), None of the Above 4 (9%), No Candidate 2 (5%)
U.S. House, Eighth District: Nancy Wallace 45 (85%), Elizabeth Croydon 6 (11%), Charles “Teddy” Galloway III 2 (4%)
Baltimore Mayor: Joshua Harris 85%, Emanuel McCray 7%, David Marriott 3%.
Though the Maryland Green Party is ballot-qualified, the state of Maryland only sponsors Democratic and Republican primaries, so the state, county, and city Greens held by-mail balloting throughout April and in-person voting on April 30. Harris defeated David Marriott and Emanuel McCray; vote totals have yet to be released. In the Eighth District, Wallace received 45 votes, Elizabeth Croydon six, and Charles “Teddy” Galloway III four.
While the U.S. Senate and other U.S. House primaries were not contested, voters had the option of selecting “None of the Above” or saying no candidate should be run. Margaret Flowers won the U.S. Senate nomination. Other U.S. House candidates are Nnabu Eze (Third District), Kamesha Clark (Fourth District), George Gluck (Sixth District), and Myles Hoenig (Seventh District).
Laurence Hirsh, the Green Party nominee for the April 19 special election for New York’s Ninth State Senate District, debated Democrat Todd Kaminsky and Republican Christopher McGrath on cable television’s News 12 Long Island on Thursday evening.
According to Newsday, Hirsh “criticized a State Board of Elections policy allowing Democrats and Republicans to run on minor party lines and urged public campaign financing of elections. ‘New Yorkers deserve a drastic change from the business as usual politics of the state,’ Hirsh said.” He also “said he opposes Common Core and ‘the privatization of education in any form.'”
The Long Island Herald interviews Hirsh about his campaign, highlighting his call for a state tax on Wall Street. Hirsh told the Herald, “A one percent tax on all Wall Street derivatives trading that should net about $16 billion per year. Reduce the state portion of sales tax from four percent to one percent. The money from the Wall Street tax should make up for that lost revenue. The money could also pay for infrastructure improvements and unfunded mandates.”
The CBS New York website also reports on the campaign, but fails to mention Hirsh and in fact says there are just “two candidates” in the race.
The Baltimore Green Party Primary, in which registered Green voters in Baltimore City, Maryland will select nominees for mayor and city council, is now underway. Green voters can request ballots by mail; they must be received by the party by April 30. In-person voting will take place at the Baltimore Green Party office on May 1.
There are three candidates — Joshua Harris, David Marriott, and Emanuel McCray — in the party’s first-ever contested mayoral primary. The city council races are not contested, but voters can also choose None Of The Above or No Candidate In This Seat.
Baltimore Green Party Co-Chair Jeremy Collins said, “The upcoming primary gives the people of Baltimore their chance to choose someone to represent their interests. It’s an exciting thing to witness democracy working as its supposed to. We have exciting candidates ready to challenge this one-party system. This will be a transformative election season for Baltimore.”