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Greens kick off campaigns in New London, CT

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.  Continue Reading

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Connecticut Green Party Nominates Fairfield County Candidates

From the Connecticut Green Party:

TAMFORD–Members of the Fairfield County Green Party met here Monday night and nominated candidates for state and local office. The Green Party is a minor political party recognized by the state of Connecticut. It is based on principles of environmentalism, grassroots democracy, and economic and social justice. Remy Chevalier will appear on the ballot for State Senator, District 36, which covers Greenwich, north Stamford, and New Canaan, while Rolf Maurer will be the candidate for State Senator, District 27, which covers the rest of Stamford and part of Darien. Candidates will run for State Representative in Districts 125 (New Canaan), 135 (Easton/Weston/Redding). and 148 (Stamford).

Chevalier is owner of The Aquarium, an environmental reading room in downtown Norwalk, and director of Rock the Reactors, an organization campaigning to shut down Indian Point nuclear power plant. Maurer, with a background in the publishing industry, has run for state legislature in the past, calling for the establishment of a state public bank, local agriculture initiatives, and a single-payer health care plan for CT residents.

The full list of nominated candidates in Fairfield County is as follows:

Rolf Maurer: State Senator, District 27
Remy Chevalier: State Senator, District 36
David Bedell: State Representative, District 125
Gabriel Rossi: State Representative, District 135
Rolf Maurer: State Representative, District 148
Cora Santaguida: Board of Education, Stamford
Michael Schmidt: Board of Education, Stamford
Mary Farrell: Registrar of Voters, Stamford
Jane Weston: Registrar of Voters, Weston

Still unknown is whether Green Presidential candidate Jill Stein or U.S. Senate candidate Jeff Russell will appear on the ballot in Connecticut. Petitions were submitted up until the deadline of August 8, but the Secretary of the State’s office has not yet announced the results of its signature count.

More information about the Connecticut Green Party’s candidates and platform can be found at www.ctgreenparty.org

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Connecticut Greens Vote for Jill Stein

The Green Party of Connecticut, which has 10 Delegates to the Green Party Presidential Nominating Convention, voted to give 8 of those to Jill Stein. The other two are “uncommitted delegates”. Jill Stein has now won 11 of 11 State Green Party primaries and conventions. From the Green Party of Connecticut:

CT GREENS VOTE DR. JILL STEIN AT STATE CONVENTION

Portland, CT- The Green Party of Connecticut voted for Dr. Jill Stein to be their Presidential Candidate at their State Party Convention on Saturday, April 28, in Portland, CT. Running against comedienne- actress Rosanne Barr for the nomination, Stein, the Harvard educated medical doctor, received 80% of the vote with the remaining 20% voting for uncommitted delegates.

Tim McKee, a National Committee member of the Green Party, said “Dr. Stein has now won all 12 primaries and state conventions of the Green Party. Her message of a Green New Deal, a single payer health care, and supporting the Occupy movement is resonating strongly in Connecticut. We will send our delegates to our Green Party National Presidential Convention in Baltimore, Maryland, July 12-15th.”

“With home state favorite and past Green Party nominee Ralph Nader not running, CT Greens think we can gather a lot of votes with Dr. Stein locally, and across the nation, McKee added. He explained “1 percent of the state vote ensures a ballot line for the party, but 5% nationally will win us millions of dollars in matching funds for the future and we think that is really possible in 2012.

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Melissa Schlag Running for CT State Senate Seat

Melissa Schlag, the former executive director of Citizens for Protection of Public Lands (CPPL) in Connecticut, is challenging Democrat Eileen Daily for Connecticut State Senate District 33, along the Connecticut River. Schlag was active in leading the opposition to the Haddam Land Swap, a scheme to trade public conservation land to developers in exchange for other land in a back room deal. Daily supported the land swap, which was eventually defeated.

From the Hartford Courant:

State Sen. Eileen Daily’s dominance of Senate District 33 is being challenged by an up-and-coming environmental activist.

Melissa Schlag recently emerged as a fresh face in local politics as she led the fight against the controversial Haddam land swap, which Daily, a veteran Democrat from Westbrook, had championed.

Now, Schlag, 37, a small business owner and founder of the Haddam-based Citizens for the Protection of Public Lands – which strongly opposed the swap – hopes to unseat Daily in the sprawling district the senator has controlled for nearly two decades.

“I think we have a real chance,” said Schlag, who is on the ballot as Green Party candidate. “It’s clear that Sen. Daily doesn’t represent the people who elected her any more. She is out of touch. Maybe she’s been at it too long.”

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2011 Green Party Election Wrap-Up by the Numbers – Brent McMillan

2011 Green Party Election Wrap-up by the numbers

by Brent McMillan

104 green party candidates ran for election in 2011. By comparison 150 green party candidates ran for election in 2007, 277 green party candidates ran for election in 2003 and 96 green party candidates ran for election in 1999 (the year prior to the presidential election).

More than half of the offices that greens ran for in 2011 were partisan, by my count, 54.

22 greens were elected to office in 2011, 21% of those who ran.

Eleven of the 22, half, were incumbents seeking re-election. Two of these were partisan:

In the spring, Jason West made a come back and was elected to Mayor of New Paltz, NY.

In the fall election, Leif Smith was re-elected to Constable in Redding, CT.

Of note, there was a successful write-in campaign in Virginia. Ira Richards was elected to Lord Fairfax District Soil and Water Conservation Board. He was one of 2 candidates that ran for two seats receiving 135 votes or 3%. (There may have been another successful write-in campaign in VA but have not been able to confirm.)

Officeholder summary for 2011:

California:

Larry Bragman was re-elected to Fairfax Town Council (Fall Election.)

Matthew Clark was re-elected to Granada Sanitary District (Fall Election.)

William Hayes was elected to Mendocino Coast Park and Recreation District (Fall Election.)

Kathryn Marando did not seek re-election to the Tomales Community Services District.

Ryan O’Neil was elected to Fairfax Town Council (Fall Election.)

Vahe Peroomian was re-elected to Glendale Community College District (Spring Election.)

Richard Sloan left the Green Party.

Lew Tremaine did not seek re-election to Fairfax Town Council.

Colorado:

Pete Gleichman did not seek re-election to Mayor of Ward.

Tanya Ishikawa was elected in a come back to Federal Heights City Council Ward 1 (Fall Election.)

Connecticut:

Daphne Dixon lost her re-election to Fairfield Zoning Board (Fall Election.)

Hector Lopez lost his re-election to Constable in New Canaan (Fall Election.)

Leif Smith was re-elected to Constable in Redding (Fall Election.)

Ronna Suller lost her re-election to New London Board of Eduction (Fall Election.)

Illinois:

Steve Alesch was elected to Warrenville Park District Commissioner (Spring Election.)

Don Crawford was elected to St. Elmo Library Board (Spring Election.)

Michael Drennen was elected to Ridgeville Park Board (Spring Election.)

Peter Schwartzman was elected to Galesburg City Council Ward 5 (Spring Election.)

Toni Williams was elected to Thornton Township District 205 High School Board (Spring Election.)

Maryland:

Christine Nagel was re-elected to College Park City Council District 1 (Fall Election.)

New Jersey:

Gary Novosielski was re-elected to Rutherford School Board (Spring Election.)

New York:

Jason West was elected to Mayor of New Paltz (Spring Election.)

Oklahoma:

Ed Shadid was elected to Oklahoma City Council (Spring Election.)

Pennsylvania:

Sam Ettaro left the Green Party.

Leif Winter did not seek re-election to Franklin Township Auditor, Susquehanna County.

Virginia:

Kathleen Harrigan did not seek re-election to Tri County/City (Fredericksburg) Soil and Water Conservation District Board.

Daniel Metraux did not seek re-election to Headwaters (Staunton) Soil and Water Conservation District Board.

Ira Richards was elected to Lord Fairfax District Soil and Water Conservation Board (Fall Election.)

Chris Simmons was re-elected to Loudoun Soil and Water Conservation District Board (Fall Election.)

Wisconsin:

JoEllen Gramling did not seek re-election to Schleswig Town Clerk.

Tony Palmeri did not seek re-election to Oshkosh Common Council. (Instead he sought election to Mayor of Oshkosh but was not successful.)

Bob Poeschl was re-elected to Oshkosh Common Council At-Large (Spring Election)

Marsha Rummel was re-elected to Madison Common Council District 6 (Spring Election.)

The Green Party starts 2012 with 125 elected officeholders, 21 of which are partisan offices.

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5 Green candidates profiled in New London, CT

Dirk Langeveld at the New London Patch has published 5 Green candidates’ responses to a questionnaire sent to all local candidates. Jessica Cartagena, Kenric Hanson, and Joan Sullivan Cooper are running for City Council. Ronna Stuller and Mirna Martinez are running for the Board of Education. With 5 local candidates, the New London Greens are one of the most electorally active Green Party chapters in the country this year.

Read the article at the New London Patch.

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New London Greens nominate 5 local candidates

Christy Wood reports at the New London Patch about the Green Party’s nomination of candidates for local office in New London, Connecticut:

For City Council, the Greens are fielding three candidates: Joan Sullivan, Jessica Cartagena and Ken Hansen.  Sullivan and Cartagena spoke to the Greens about their positions.  Sullivan noted her opposition to the proposed sale of Riverside Park.  “Different socioeconomic groups use it,” she said.  “Not everyone can afford to go to the beach.”  Cartagena said that it was important that New Londoners see young people in the community who care about change.

For the Board of Education, the Greens nominated two candidates: Ronna Stuller and Myrna Martinez.  Stuller is the first Green to actually hold a seat on the New London Board of Education, and she will run for that seat again this year.  Martinez, a former teacher now raising young children, wants to see school children integrated more into the city.  She hopes to use New London’s art galleries and cultural activities as an “alternative classroom.”

The New London Green Party currently has two officeholders, City Councillor John Russell and Board of Education member Ronna Stuller.

Read the full article at the New London Patch.

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Clifford W. Thornton, co-chair of the Green Party of the US: Ending the drug war will undoubtedly reap benefits

An excerpt from a blog on The Hartford Courant’s website:

But in the United States the drug reform movement is sharply focused on marijuana and not on drug prohibition as a whole. Unfortunately, this focus ignores three other longstanding and devastating social issues.

  • First, drug war policies have needlessly taken potential taxpayers out of the community and spent tax money to keep them in prison.
  • Second, twenty million children have been orphaned because one or both parents have been sent to prison on drug related charges.
  • Third, in that process of economic and family disintegration, public and higher education have been dramatically shortchanged.


As a result, billions of dollars that could have funded education and health care have been consumed by law enforcement for punishment that has worsened community safety and health. Inner city business investment has been thwarted. We have taken countless young people out of our community on drug charges and wonder why they and their contemporaries no longer have faith in our criminal justice system. Our children are not stupid; they see two forms of justice, one for the well-connected, and one for the poor.  Society will pay for this perception of injustice for decades to come.

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Maurer Write In Candidate for CT State Senate Special Election

According to the Stamford Times, Rolf Maurer of the Connecticut Green Party failed to get enough signatures to appear as a balloted candidate for the Feb 22 special election to fill a vacant seat on the Connecticut State Senate. He will instead be running as a write in candidate:

Maurer, who ran for Stamford mayor in 2009 and for state representative in 2010, needed 251 voter signatures by Jan. 18 to get on the ballot. He did not get the amount of signatures needed, so he will be considered a write-in candidate.

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Green Running in Connecticut Special Election

Rolf Maurer is running for Connecticut State Senate in District 27 in a Special Election to fill a vacant seat. The Daily Stamford is covering his race with this story:

If you live in state Senate District 27, you might get a visitor this weekend asking for your help. Stamford resident Rolf Maurer wants to fill the seat vacated by Andrew McDonald, and he plans to canvass the community this weekend. Not only will he distribute leaflets, he’ll also seek signatures for a petition. As a third-party candidate, Maurer needs to collect 251 signatures to get on the ballot for the special election set for Feb. 22.

“We’re going to go door-to-door,” said Maurer, a Green Party candidate. He has run for office before, most recently in November for the 148th House District seat held by Democrat Carlo Leone, who won re-election with nearly two-thirds of the votes cast. Republican Phil Balestriere came in second, and Maurer was a distant third.

In the races Maurer has entered, he has received only single-digit percentages of the vote. But that doesn’t deter him. “It’s a matter of perseverance,” he said. “I’m trying to stimulate public awareness of the Green Party in Connecticut.”

Twelve years ago, Maurer traveled to the Vancouver region for an extended period. He was impressed with the efficiency and affordability of the Canadian mass transit system, and believes Connecticut can improve its options for alternative transportation, among other enhancements. That’s a major plank in his platform.

The state’s banking system is another. Maurer would like to see Connecticut follow a Bank of North Dakota blueprint. His proposed Public Bank for Connecticut would be “a credit union or community bank on the state level. The economic development of the state would be the result, rather than commercial [goals].”

He has more ideas, but Maurer said he must first get on the ballot before he can consider how to implement them. His deadline is Tuesday. The Senate district includes part of Stamford and Darien.

The Stamford Advocate also covers Maurer’s campaign, quoting him saying

“Connecticut would be on a more vibrant economic footing if it focused on family businesses and entrepreneurs, who pump money back into the state instead of sending money to multinational shareholders.”