At the request of a commenter, here is a bit of information about what appears to be an energetic and exciting Green campaign in the nation’s capital. The candidate is Alan Page, an attorney, single father, community activist, and journalist, among other things, who is running for an at-large seat on the District’s city council. There are four at-large seats on the council, and they are staggered so that two are elected every two years.
In 2009, the Green Party ran David Schwartzman for an at-large seat. He came in a distant third (out of six candidates, two of which were elected), so he was not elected, although his son recently was elected in an unrelated race in Illinois. The winning candidates in 2009 received approximately 105,000 and 57,000 votes, respectively, while Schwartzman received nearly 13,000.
This year, there are 8 other candidates running – 6 Democrats, 1 Rebublican, and 1 independent. At least from the information available online, Page seems to be running a strong campaign. For instance, he was recently featured in the Washington Post:
Alan Page : One step forward, one step back
Mayor Gray’s proposed budget was one step forward toward a progressive, more sensible tax system in the District and one step backward toward increased inequality, because he is proposing to balance the budget on the backs of the poor.
During tough times, everyone must share the load, from residents to corporations operating in our city. I applaud Gray’s proposal to close the combined reporting corporate tax loophole that allows corporations earning income in the District to shift their profits to other jurisdictions when they report it. The absence of a combined reporting requirement will deprive our city of $23 million in corporate tax revenue in the upcoming fiscal year alone, according to estimates.