On June 3rd, California held its Top Two primary for statewide and legislative offices, as well as local elections in many communities. Here are results for California Green Party candidates:
- Gubernatorial candidate Luis Rodriguez earned 46,181 votes for 1.5%, the top vote-getter outside the Democratic and Republican parties.
- Jena Goodman got 70,663 votes (2.3%) for Lt. Governor – again, the top vote-getter outside the establishment parties.
- David Curtis got 87,311 votes (3.0%) for Secretary of State.
- Laura Wells earned 167,501 votes (5.6%) for Comptroller.
- Ellen Brown got 194,987 votes (6.5%) for Treasurer.
- Barry Hermanson got 4,435 votes (5.5%) for US House District 12 against incumbent Nancy Pelosi.
- Michael Powelson got 1,800 votes (3.3%) for US House District 30.
- Michael Sachs got 552 votes (0.7%) for US House District 33 (finishing 12th in a field of 18 candidates).
- Dan Hamburg was re-elected to the Mendocino County Board of Supervisors.
WASHINGTON, DC — Green Party leaders today called for a liveable wage for working Americans, in contrast to President Obama’s proposal in his 2013 State of the Union address for a $9 minimum wage to be enacted by 2015.
“Instead of a minimum wage, working people need a wage they can live on. Anyone who works 40 hours a week should be able to afford a home, provide for others, and save money for the future. People who work hard deserve to enjoy economic security and prosperity,” said Mark Dunlea, a member of the Green Party of New York Executive Committee and long-time director of a statewide anti-hunger organization in New York.
“The $9 minimum wage is an inadequate improvement, not enough to lift many people who work hard at full-time and multiple jobs out of poverty and debt. Two generations ago, wage-earners could provide for a family of four on the minimum wage. Today, it’s difficult to provide for one person on the minimum wage, even on President Obama’s $9 minimum, which falls far short of the 1968 federal minimum of $10.50, adjusted for inflation. While worker productivity has increased, wages keep sinking,” said Mr. Dunlea. Continue Reading
The California Primary is today, which will determine the proportion of Delegates that will go to the Green Party Presidential candidates Roseanne Barr, Kent Mesplay, and Jill Stein. California, with 65 Delegates to the Green Party Presidential Nominating Convention, is the largest Delegation, making the primary very important for all three candidates.
On top of the Presidential Primary, California also has on the ballot the open “top two” primary, in which the top two candidates in each race today for Congressional and state legislative seats will advance to the General Election. Consequently, this is an important election for the Green Party candidates on the ballot in those races. According to the Green Party of California, these candidates are on the ballot today:
Green congressional candidates
Barry Hermanson (district 12) – • Facebook campaign page
Carol Brouillet (district 18) – • Facebook campaign page
Eric Peterson (district 20) –
Michael Powelson (district 30) – • Facebook campaign page
David Steinman (district 33) – • Facebook campaign page
Anthony Vierya (district 35) – • Facebook campaign page
Green state legislative candidates
David Edwards (State Assembly district 1)
Pamela Elizondo (State Assembly district 2)
Jack Lindblad (State Assembly district 39)
Green candidates for local office
Gary Blenner (Sacramento County Supervisor, district 4)
Jane Rands (Fullerton City Council)