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California Green Party June 2014 primary election results

p luis rodriguezOn 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.
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Local Green victories in California

In a big victory for California Greens, Gayle McLaughlin was re-elected as mayor of Richmond, CA, with 40% of the vote in a 3-way race. Richmond, a Bay Area city with a population of over 100,000, remains the largest US city with a Green Party mayor.

In Mendocino County, former congressman and Voice Of The Environment executive director Dan Hamburg won a hotly contested race for 5th District Supervisor with 55.3% of the vote.

In Monterey County, Bruce Delgado was re-elected as mayor of Marina with 57% of the vote.

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14 Greens to Watch on Election Day

From Green Change:

Tonight, we will be focusing on the campaigns of 14 transformational Green candidates who are building the Green movement across the country. Some of these candidates are poised for history-making wins. Others are blazing the trail for future success by running party-building campaigns for statewide office.

14 Greens to Watch on Election Day

Jeremy Karpen for IL Assembly – Jeremy Karpen’s vigorous grassroots challenge to a Chicago Machine insider has earned him endorsements from the Chicago Sun-Times, Chicago Tribune, Chicago Teacher’s Union, Independent Voters of Illinois, and even Chicago Progressive Democrats of America. Karpen, a strong supporter of single-payer health care, affordable housing, mass transit, and progressive taxation, has run a clean-money campaign as part of his commitment to reforming Illinois’ notoriously dirty pay-to-play politics.

Ben Manski for WI Assembly – Ben Manski’s insurgent run has earned the support of Madison’s teachers union, the Madison Capital Times, and leading progressives including Jim Hightower, Medea Benjamin, and Thom Hartmann. The outgoing Democratic assembly member revoked his endorsement of Manski’s main opponent, a Democrat who left the Sierra Club to lobby for the coal industry. Manski is racing to the finish line with the support of a broad transpartisan coalition of elected officials, unions, students, newspapers, and activists committed to renewing Wisconsin’s trailblazing progressive tradition.

Gayle McLaughlin for Mayor of Richmond, CA – With a population over 100,000, Richmond became the largest US city with a Green mayor when Gayle McLaughlin was elected in 2006. Since then, McLaughlin has made Richmond a center of the emerging solar industry, fought successfully to increase taxes on the local Chevron oil refinery while lowering them for small businesses, and brought down violent crime with expanded community policing. Her supporters, including Green For All founder Van Jones, hope that her record of positive accomplishments in office will carry Mayor Gayle to victory.

Hugh Giordano for PA Assembly – Hugh Giordano is a union organizer from Philadelphia’s Roxborough neighborhood whose people-powered campaign has electrified the race for an open seat in a traditionally Democratic district. After a CEO won the Democratic primary with only 30% of the vote, Giordano’s strong support for public education, single-payer health care, and worker’s rights has gained him the backing of local unions and maverick Democrats and made him a contender for the win.

Dan Hamburg for Mendocino County (CA) Supervisor – In a county the size of Delaware on the coast of California, former member of Congress and Voice Of The Environment executive director Dan Hamburg is running for supervisor to build a vibrant, sustainable local economy and protect the beautiful natural landscape for generations to come. Hamburg finished first in the 4-way June primary, and has been endorsed by the third-place finisher as well as local unions and environmentalists in his head-to-head race against the conservative, developer-backed candidate who finished a close 2nd in the primary. Continue Reading

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Green Change: 7 Green Campaigns to Watch

From GreenChange.org:

Here are seven growing Green campaigns to watch this week. Our Green candidates are the true leaders of the Green movement.  They are working hard for all of us, and need your help.  Please support them by donating and volunteering today. There are only 38 days until Election Day.

7 GROWING GREEN CAMPAIGNS

GAYLE MCLAUGHLIN FOR MAYOR (CA)

Gayle McLaughlin is up for reelection in Richmond, California, America’s largest city with a Green mayor. Her Green approach to development has drawn challenges from two conservative, developer-backed Democrats. McLaughlin’s first-term accomplishments include increasing tax revenue from the city’s Chevron oil refinery while lowering small business fees, hiring more community police officers, and making Richmond a center of the emerging solar industry. McLaughlin’s supporters include local unions, the trans-partisan Richmond Progressive Alliance, and Green For All founder Van Jones, who has said, “For those of us who are champions for a green economy, there is no more important race in the country.” Learn more about Gayle McLaughlin’s campaign for reelection and how you can help.

BEN MANSKI FOR ASSEMBLY (WI)

When Ben Manski declared his candidacy for the Wisconsin Assembly, the Madison Capital Times wrote that the “veteran Green Party activist and nationally recognized advocate for democratic reform, [has] entered the competition in the west side district where he cut his political teeth.” Since then, the former national Green Party co-chair’s campaign has taken off. Manski has won the endorsement of the teachers union, student groups, and 21 local elected officials. Leading Democrats are supporting Manski, in part because his opponent works for the coal and ethanol lobbies. A member of the Dane County Democratic Party’s Executive Committee said, “If Ben were 50% better than Hulsey, then I would support Hulsey because he is the Democratic nominee… but Ben is more than 50% better than Hulsey.” Manski has raised and spent nearly $20,000, and needs another $25,000 to pay for printing, mailing and radio, tv, and print advertising by October 15th. Learn more about Ben Manski’s insurgent campaign and how you can help.

DAN HAMBURG FOR MENDOCINO COUNTY SUPERVISOR (CA)

Dan Hamburg is running for Supervisor in the 5th District of Mendocino County, California. He was the first former Member of Congress to become a Green. Hamburg is Executive Director of Voice Of The Environment, and a committed advocate for sustainable, community-based economics. He finished first in the four-way blanket primary in June, and is now in a head-to-head race with a conservative, developer-backed Democrat, Wendy Roberts, who finished second. Hamburg has earned endorsements from SEIU Local 1021, the North Bay Labor Council AFL-CIO, and Jim Mastin, who finished third in the primary, as well as many others. Learn more about Dan Hamburg’s campaign and how you can help.

HOWIE HAWKINS FOR GOVERNOR (NY)

Howie Hawkins is a union Teamster who has spent decades organizing for peace, the environment, and social justice. Hawkins is the only candidate in the NY governor’s race to support single-payer health care, banning hydrofracking, and taxing Wall Street to invest in Main Street. He has been traveling New York State to build support for his “Green New Deal” proposal to stimulate the economy with green public works jobs. If Hawkins receives 50,000 votes, the New York Green Party will gain a ballot line for the next 4 years, enabling them to run candidates for peace, justice, democracy and ecology at every level of government. Learn more about Howie Hawkins’ campaign and how you can help.

JEREMY KARPEN FOR STATE ASSEMBLY (IL)

Jeremy Karpen is running for Illinois State Assembly in the 39th District, which covers Chicago’s Logan Square neighborhood. Karpen won 21% of the vote in 2008 against incumbent Toni Berrios, the daughter of gambling lobbyist and Chicago Democratic machine insider Joseph Berrios. This year, Karpen’s grassroots campaign and commitment to clean, progressive politics have earned him endorsements from Independent Voters of Illinois, Chicago Progressive Democrats of America, and the Chicago Tribune. Karpen needs money to get his message to voters and pull off an upset. Learn more about Jeremy Karpen’s campaign and how you can help.

ANNIE YOUNG FOR STATE AUDITOR (MN)

Annie Young is running for Minnesota State Auditor. She is one of the longest-serving elected Greens in the US, currently in her sixth term on the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board. She is an advocate for using life-cycle cost accounting to make sustainability a key goal of the auditor’s office, which oversees more than $20 billion spent annually by local governments in Minnesota. Among Young’s supporters is renowned environmental and economic justice activist Winona LaDuke. If she earns 5% of the vote, the Minnesota Green Party will regain “major party” status. That means Minnesota Green candidates won’t need to collect petitions signatures to appear on the ballot.  “Major party” status will also help Green candidates meet political debate requirements. Learn more about Annie Young’s campaign and how you can help.

HUGH GIORDANO FOR STATE HOUSE (PA)

Hugh Giordano is running for Pennsylvania House of Representatives in the 194th District, which covers northwest Philadelphia and parts of Montgomery County. A union organizer who advocates for education, jobs, ethics reform and single-payer health care, Giordano is drawing strong support from organized labor and progressives unimpressed with Democrat Pam DeLissio, a CEO and management consultant. He has been endorsed by United Food and Commercial Workers Local 152 as well as Bill Morris, a Democratic union supporter who lost in the May primary. Watch the compelling video endorsement from “Mothers for Hugh.” Learn more about Hugh Giordano’s campaign and how you can help.

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California Green primary results

In the California Green Party primary race for governor, Laura Wells leads Deacon Alexander with 78.9%, making Wells the Green candidate for Governor of California.

In a four-way primary for Mendocino County District 5 Supervisor, Green Dan Hamburg led the pack with 34%. Hamburg will face conservative candidate Wendy Roberts, who pulled 30%, in a November runoff.

Proposition 14, the top-two primary measure misleadingly referred to as an ‘open’ primary by supporters and most media outlets, has passed with 54% voting in favor. The Green Party is already in talks with other political parties and organizations about challenging the measure, which will eliminate parties’ right to nominate a candidate for the general election. The Sacramento Bee quoted Cres Vellucci, Green Party of California press secretary:

“There will be a legal change that will be pursued immediately,” Velluci said. “The voters were bilked.”

He said the business interests in the state backed Proposition 14 so they could bankroll two candidates likely to emerge as winners in a primary. “They want to make sure that there is nobody there that they can’t control,” Velluci said.

Proposition 15, which would have set up a trial run for public election financing, was also defeated, as were Propositions 16 and 17, which were widely seen as misleading measures bankrolled by specific corporations for their own benefit. Proposition 13, on property taxes and seismic retrofit of buildings, passed by a wide margin.

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Stories at Independent Political Report

The first story covers California Green and former Congressman Dan Hamburg in his race for Mendocino County Council. Hamburg maintains a Facebook page, and donations to his campaign can be made via his campaign website The story at IPR says that Hamburg is likely to be in a run off.

Mendocino County’s 5th District is awash with well-known, seasoned liberal candidates vying for a seat on the Board of Supervisors, making a November runoff nearly certain.

Source: Press Democrat

The primary is set for June 8th.

In another piece written by Ross Levin, Lynne Williams has announced that she’s abandoned her gubernatorial bid, and is instead running for a seat in the state legislature.

As always, I will continue speaking out about the issues that concern me, particularly the right of self-determination for local communities and local school districts, preventing inappropriate industrial development from invading our rural communities, supporting local foodscapes, and ensuring that farmers and fishing families are able to create sustainable businesses.

Meanwhile, in international Green news, IPR reports on the Green Party of England and Wales, and their newly minted manifesto The party’s campaign theme, Fair is worth fighting for, is explored in a video, which you can see under the fold. Continue Reading

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Dan Hamburg for Mendocino County (CA) Board of Supervisors

From GreenChange:

Green Change endorses California’s Dan Hamburg for Mendocino County Board of Supervisors. His record of public service and passionate advocacy for Green values make him an exceptional candidate.

Mendocino County, a county the size of Delaware on California’s northern coast, is a rugged, beautiful area with numerous rivers, giant redwoods and farmland. As Supervisor, Dan Hamburg will bring vibrancy to the local economy and fiscal responsibility to government. His focus on conservation and sustainability will help preserve Mendocino County’s beautiful landscape for future generations. Continue Reading

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California Green Party 20th anniversary celebration: Sat 2/6, Berkeley

Green Party of California: 1990 to the present
Celebrate Green History • Look Ahead
February 6th, 2010 • 12pm to 9pm • Berkeley

• 20 Years Anniversary of Founding of GPCA on February 4th, 1990
• 25 years since Charlene Spretnak’s “Green Politics: the Global Promise

Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarian Universalists, 1924 Cedar Street, at Bonita Avenue
Site of the East Bay Green Alliance founding meeting in 1985 – the first CA Green local Continue Reading