Posts Tagged ‘Governor’

Anita Rios offers Green alternative in Ohio Governor race

Posted in State Wide Elections on September 29th, 2014 by Dave Schwab – Be the first to comment

Anita Rios

From the Toledo Blade:

COLUMBUS — Anita Rios has watched from a distance as the Democratic candidate for governor has seen his campaign flounder and wondered whether this could create an opening for her.

The woman from Toledo’s Old West End has more than a stake in the race. She’s the third option on Ohio’s Nov. 4 ballot on the Green Party ticket along with Republican Gov. John Kasich and Democratic challenger Ed FitzGerald. read more »

Oregon Green candidate crashes Governor’s debate

Posted in State Wide Elections on September 23rd, 2014 by Dave Schwab – 1 Comment

Oregon Pacific Green Party gubernatorial candidate Jason Levin got a major boost in exposure Monday when he walked into a candidate forum in Portland and insisted that he be allowed to answer questions alongside the Democratic and Republican candidates.

p jason levinAfter Levin introduced himself as the Green Party candidate (at 8:48 in the video), the moderator unsuccessfully tried to exclude him:

Moderator: “Um, actually, we were setting it up between the Democratic and Republican candidates.”

Levin: “Yes, I know everything has been set up between the Democratic and Republican candidates.” read more »

Jill Stein: Support a breakthrough campaign in New York!

Posted in State Wide Elections on September 18th, 2014 by Dave Schwab – Be the first to comment

p howie hawkins jill stein brian jonesFrom Jill Stein and Green Party US:

We hope you will support one of the Green Party’s most exciting and important races in 2014 – Howie Hawkins for Governor of New York.www.howiehawkins.org

People and planet before profits. New York leads the country in income disparity and segregation of schools and housing by race and class. Howie’s campaign is focused on climate action, jobs, education reform, criminal justice reform, civil rights, and an end to corruption. It has been profiled as one of the cutting edge third party campaigns combining an ecological and economic justice agenda.

Four years ago Howie surpassed the 50,000 vote threshold needed for the Greens to regain official party status. Due to his 3rd place finish out of seven candidates and recent close losses for local office in Syracuse, the media is taking him and the Green Party far more seriously this time.

Howie has been polling at 7% and has generated hundreds of news stories in his efforts to oppose the economic austerity agenda of Andrew Cuomo. Three other polls have shown that an independent progressive challenger to Cuomo would receive between 22% and 24%, equal to the Republican and only 13 to 15 percentage points behind Cuomo.

If we can get the word out to New York voters that Howie is the only progressive on the general election ballot, we can establish the Green Party in New York as the third major party and the voice of progressives who are independent of the corporate oligarchy and its representatives in the Democratic and Republican parties.

That kind of result will help Greens across the country be taken seriously as the progressive alternative to corporate politics. read more »

Hawkins: Cuomo’s weakness in primary is good news for NY Green Party

Posted in State Wide Elections on September 10th, 2014 by Dave Schwab – Be the first to comment

p howie hawkinsFrom the Syracuse Post-Standard:

Howie Hawkins wants Zephyr Teachout voters — both progressives and conservatives who are frustrated with Gov. Andrew Cuomo — to consider the Green Party in November.

Hawkins, of Syracuse, says his platform to shift the tax burden to wealthy New Yorkers, fight against hydrofracking and impose a higher minimum wage should appeal to most of the 180,000 voters who supported Teachout on Tuesday.

“I’m the the anti-Cuomo vote,” Hawkins said. “If that was a progressive vote, I’m the last one on the ballot.”

Read the full story at the Syracuse Post-Standard.

Illinois Green Party Governor and Sec. of State candidates to run as write-ins

Posted in Ballot Access, State Wide Elections on September 9th, 2014 by Dave Schwab – Be the first to comment

scott-summersThe Chicago Sun-Times reports:

Two Illinois Green Party candidates who were on a statewide slate that was knocked off the ballot last month will run as write-in candidates this November.

Scott K. Summers will run for governor as a write-in, and Sheldon Schafer will run for secretary of state. read more »

Nader to campaign in Upstate NY for Hawkins, Funiciello

Posted in Congressional Campaigns, State Wide Elections on September 8th, 2014 by Dave Schwab – Be the first to comment

p nader gpny logoCitizen advocate Ralph Nader will be in Albany and Glens Falls on Sunday, September 14th to campaign for New York Green Party candidates Howie Hawkins (Governor), Matt Funiciello (US House of Representatives District 21), and Theresa Portelli (Comptroller).

See details for Nader’s Glens Falls visit on Matt Funiciello’s website.

See details for Nader’s Albany visit on Howie Hawkins’ website.

Colorado Green governor candidate campaigns against big-money politics

Posted in State Wide Elections on September 5th, 2014 by Dave Schwab – Be the first to comment

p harry hempyThe Denver Post reports:

Harry Hempy, the Green Party candidate running in this year’s gubernatorial election, released a campaign ad Aug. 21 in which he talks about running for office on the platform of ending big-money politics and the two-party system.

Hempy talks about how the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in the Citizens United case that the government cannot limit campaign donations because it would be a violation of the First Amendment was what really drove him to run for governor. read more »

Hawkins, Jones, Jimenez call for a Green New Deal for New York

Posted in State Wide Elections on September 2nd, 2014 by Dave Schwab – Be the first to comment

p brian jones ramon jimenez labor dayFrom Howie Hawkins for NY Governor:

Hawkins, Jones, Jimenez Call for a Green New Deal on Labor Day

$15 Minimum Wage, A Guaranteed Job, Health Care for All, Organizing Rights

Howie Hawkins, the Green Party candidate for Governor, said that as Governor he would unilaterally raise the state minimum wage to $15 an hour. “The raise will inject billions of dollars into the purchasing power of the state’s working class. That would be far more effective in stimulating the state’s economy than Governor Cuomo squandering public money on tax breaks for big business and the rich,” Hawkins said.

Hawkins also said that the state should guarantee every New Yorker a living wage job. He would create a public works program, as well as investing in transitioning the state’s energy system to 100% clean renewable energy by 2030.  A peer-reviewed study in the journal Energy Policy projects that such an energy program would create 4.5 million jobs. Jobs and training would be guaranteed to existing current workers in the fossil fuel and nuclear industries.

“If the private sector can’t provide a decent job to everyone who needs one, the public sector will. Rather than an unemployment office, we will have an employment office that provides jobs,” added Hawkins. read more »

Hawkins demands debate in NY gov race after rise in polls

Posted in State Wide Elections on August 12th, 2014 by Dave Schwab – Comments Off

p howie hawkinsThe Legislative Gazette in New York reports:

Howie Hawkins, the Green Party nominee for governor, renewed his call for debates after he rose to 7 percent in the latest NBC 4 New York/Wall Street Journal/Marist College poll released Tuesday.

Both Gov. Andrew Cuomo and his Republican challenger Rob Astorino dropped in the recent poll, the first after the Moreland Commission revelations in the new York Times broke on July 23.

“Voters have a right to hear where the candidates stand on the issues. I am facing two conservatives in the major parties who are out of touch with the needs and concerns of most voters. The more the voters hear about where the Green Party stands, the better I continue to do,” said Hawkins.

Green campaign for Pennsylvania Governor enters final week of petitioning

Posted in Ballot Access on July 17th, 2014 by Dave Schwab – 6 Comments

The Pennsylvania Green Party is in the home stretch of a campaign to gather 17,000 signatures to put Paul Glover for Governor and Wendy Lynne Lee for Lt. Governor on the ballot. Signatures must be submitted by July 25th.

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It would be quite an achievement to get a Green ticket on the top of the ballot in Pennsylvania, which has become notorious in recent years for its anti-democratic and punitive ballot access laws. The state of Pennsylvania is still attempting to collect a fine of over $80,000 from 2006 Green US Senate candidate Carl Romanelli after throwing Romanelli off the ballot, and the state was cited by the Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (set up by the Helsinki Accords for human rights) for its repression of political rights.

From the Glover for Governor campaign:

The Green Party is required to gather 17,000 signatures to get on the ballot, while Democrats and Republicans needed 2,000 signatures. read more »

MSNBC covers Hawkins campaign for NY Gov: “I can win this”

Posted in State Wide Elections on June 26th, 2014 by Dave Schwab – Comments Off

p howie hawkinsMSNBC recently covered Howie Hawkins’ campaign for NY Governor – here’s an excerpt from the article:

New Yorkers are hungry for an alternative to Cuomo, says Hawkins, who points to an April 2014 poll in which a generic nominee from the left-leaning Working Families Party (WFP) commanded 24% to Cuomo’s 39%.

“I think we’re the ticket that 24% is looking for,” Hawkins told msnbc. “They just haven’t found us yet. When they find us, we’ve got a real race.” read more »

California Green Party June 2014 primary election results

Posted in State Wide Elections on June 5th, 2014 by Dave Schwab – 1 Comment

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.

Hawkins campaign responds to NY Working Families Party’s Cuomo endorsement

Posted in State Wide Elections on June 2nd, 2014 by Dave Schwab – Comments Off

From Howie Hawkins and Brian Jones, Green Party candidates for New York Governor and Lt. Gov:

This weekend was a turning point. It’s never been clearer that the ONLY gubernatorial candidate who actually stands with working families throughout New York is Howie Hawkins. 

At the heart of our campaign is the struggle to defend and improve public education. Cuomo has made it clear that he supports the corporate privatization of our schools. That’s why Howie Hawkins asked Brian Jones, a long-time public school teacher and activist to be his running mate. As Howie said to a standing-room only crowd in New York City this weekend, “We don’t hesitate to challenge Cuomo, we’re ready for this fight.” read more »

Truthout interviews Luis Rodriguez, Green for California Governor

Posted in State Wide Elections on May 30th, 2014 by Dave Schwab – 1 Comment

p luis rodriguezTruthout has published an interview with Luis J. Rodriguez, the best-selling author, Chicano activist, and California Green Party candidate for Governor. California’s Top Two primary is on Tuesday, June 3rd. From the interview:

People with your kind of progressive and radical politics are normally very cynical about electoral politics. They see electoral politics as inherently corrupt and believe building and supporting social movements are more effective at achieving progressive change. You seem to recognize the system’s inherent corruption. So why run for governor at all? 

I intend to extend the conversation about what is democracy. When it takes millions of dollars to even “play” (if you’re not paying for ads and airtime, many media outlets won’t include you), this is not democracy. When only two corporate parties dominate, this is not democracy. When politicians make deals – and often tear up the social contract to serve the people – this is not democracy. I know why we have low voter turnouts: Voting has become meaningless.

Nonetheless, we cannot abandon the electoral process to the rich and powerful. A war is fought on many fronts – not just the newest proclaimed “cool” action. We need them all. Don’t give up one quarter of political or cultural space.  read more »

Interview with Paul Glover, Green candidate for PA Governor

Posted in State Wide Elections on May 21st, 2014 by Dave Schwab – Comments Off

p paul glover 2Newsworks recently published an interview with Paul Glover, the Pennsylvania Green Party’s candidate for Governor. From the Newsworks interview:

NW: Say I randomly met you out on Germantown Avenue and you have one minute to convince me to vote for you over the established major-party candidates, what’s your pitch?

PG: “When conservatives don’t conserve, and liberals don’t liberate, Greens become centrists looking to solve problems with our schools, create jobs, improve healthcare, clean air and water, secure homes.

“I’m the only candidate who would ban fracking, cancel prison construction and shift that money to schools, and create a half million green-collar jobs statewide without raising taxes, but with progressive taxation.

“I’m also the only candidate who would legalize marijuana and free its prisoners and expunge their records.” read more »