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2013 Green Party election results

Minneapolis, MN – Green Cam Gordon is reelected to the City Council, representing Ward 2.

Green-endorsed candidate Ty Moore received 1565 of 4310 votes, or 36.3%, in second place behind Democrat-Farmer-Labor candidate Alondra Cano, who has 39.4% of first-round votes (and who was endorsed by former Green vice presidential candidate Winona LaDuke). There were four other candidates in the race (see full results). Since Minneapolis uses instant-runoff voting, election administrators will begin round-by-round counting on 11/6, and continue until one candidate has at least 50% plus one.

Syracuse, NY – In unofficial results, Kevin Bott is at 2,305 votes for Mayor, or 15%, slightly behind Conservative Ian Hunter. Democrat Stephanie Miner wins the race.

Howie Hawkins is at 995 votes, or 40%, for District 4 City Councillor, behind Democrat Khalid Bey. As when Hawkins ran for the same seat in 2011, the Working Families Party invested resources in his opponent in the final days of the campaign. “Every Green vote was a conscious vote”, wrote Hawkins in his reflections on the campaign.

New York City, NY –  Anthony Gronowicz received 4,741 votes, or 0.5%, for Mayor.

Julia Willebrand received 19,544 votes, or 2%, for Comptroller.

James Lane received 16,088 votes, or 1.7%, for Public Advocate.

Carl Lundgren received 1,358 votes, or 1.1%, for Bronx Borough President.

Henry Bardel received 476 votes, or 0.7%, for Staten Island Borough President.

UPDATE: With 100% reporting, Lynne Serpe has 2,412 votes, or 15% for New York City Council District 22, behind Democrat Constantinides who has 67%. Serpe finished ahead of the Republican candidate, who took 11.2%.

Other City Council races:

District 2: Miles Budde received 1,359 votes for 6.8%.

District 6: Tom Siracuse received 690 votes for 1.9%.

District 7: Christina Gonzalez received 1,581 votes for 8%.

District 11: John Reynolds received 481 votes for 2.6%.

District 12: Trevor Archer received 243 votes for 1.3%.

District 18: Walter Nestler received 302 votes for 1.9%.

District 20: Evergreen Chou received 373 votes for 3.4%.

District 43: Patrick Dwyer received 342 votes for 1.7%.

Cleveland, OH – Cleveland City Councilman Brian Cummins, a Green, defeated challenger Brian Kazy 917-892 to win reelection to his Ward 14 seat. Cummins’ challenger was endorsed by Cleveland’s mayor, who had pushed a trash-to-energy plant that Cummins opposed.

Bangor, ME – Josh Plourde, a 22 year-old Green, was the top vote-getter for 3 spots on the Bangor City Council.

Portland, ME – Anna Trevorrow was the top vote-getter for 2 seats on Portland’s School Board.

Portland voters also passed a ballot question legalizing recreational marijuana for adults, with about 70% voting in favor. Portland’s Green Party was a strong supporter of the initiative.

California – Sixteen California Greens were elected to local government on November 5th, bringing to 18 elected overall in 2013, an all-time high for the party in an odd-numbered year – and bringing to 54 the number of California Greens currently holding public office statewide. Full story at gp.org.

Marnie Glickman, who ran in a competitive race for Las Gallinas Valley Sanitary District Board, appears to have come just short of winning a seat. Glickman took 21% of the vote, compared to 23.7% for the candidate who took the third of three seats.

Arlington, VA – Audrey Clement earned 31% of the vote for Arlington County Board, finishing behind incumbent Democrat Jay Fisette.

Seattle, WA – Kshama Sawant, a Socialist Alternative candidate for Seattle City Council District 2 endorsed by the Seattle Green Party and 2012 Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein, is at 46.7% of the vote to 53% for incumbent Richard Conlin with slightly less than half of ballots now counted. A victory for Sawant is still plausible in this tight race.

New London, CT – Mirna Martinez was elected to the New London Board of Education, the sole non-Democrat on the 7-member board.

Pennsylvania – The Green Party of Pennsylvania reports the following election victories:

Neil B. Haagen III was elected to Snow Shoe Boro Town Council.

Tausif Khan was elected Judge of Elections in Falls Township.

Eric Hamell was elected Inspector of Elections in Philadelphia.

Albany, NY – Theresa Portelli received 665 votes, or 4.5%, for Mayor.

Peter LaVenia received 55 votes, or 12.6%, for City Council Ward 11, finishing second ahead of the Republican, Independence Party, and Working Families Party candidates in the race.

Rochester, NY – Alex White received 1,690 votes, or 5.16%, for Mayor.

Emily Good received 12,952 votes, or 11.97%, for Monroe County Sheriff.

Three Greens running for 5 open seats on Rochester City Council fell short, with all five seats going to Democrats. Dorothy Paige received 3,426 votes for 3.05%, David Atias received 2,997 votes for 2.67%, and Drew Langdon received 2,814 votes for 2.5%.

In the race for School Commissioner, Lori Thomas finished 6th of 8 candidates for 3 seats with 2,775 votes for 3.89%.

Fall River, MA – Green-Rainbow Party candidate for Mayor Joe Carvalho came short of unseating incumbent Mayor Will Flanagan. Carvalho received 3,792 votes, or 31.4%, in Massachusetts’ tenth-largest city.

Holyoke, MA – Rick Purcell fell short of winning an at-large seat on Holyoke City Council, receiving 1,717 votes for 4%.

Pittsfield, MA – Mark Miller fell short of winning one of four at-large seats on Pittsfield City Council, receiving 2,378 votes, as compared to 3,459 for one incumbent who won reelection.

Cambridge, MA – In Cambridge’s at-large city council election, which uses a form of proportional representation, Elie Yarden finished 19th of 25 candidates for 9 seats.

 

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NY Greens make final drive in Syracuse, Queens

From the New York Green Party:

SYRACUSE: Funds Needed For Get Out The Vote Drive
This week, Howie Hawkins found out that the Working Families Party brought out-of-town canvassers into Syracuse to support his opponent in the last days of the campaign for the Common Council’s 4th District. They did that in 2011 and Howie lost by 96 votes.
Why the Working Families Party is more concerned with defeating a Green than helping their endorsed Democrats beat Republicans is one question. Why they support THIS Democrat — a champion of tax breaks for developers whose campaign is funded by developers, who preaches the conservative message of fiscal self-sufficiency for Syracuse on a property tax base that is 56% exempt in a city with a 38% poverty rate — is another question.

The question for progressives is, can we beat the conservative class agenda of the Democratic Machine with an independent, progressive alternative? Continue Reading
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Queens Chronicle interviews Lynne Serpe, Green for New York City Council

p lynne serpeFrom the Queens Chronicle:

Lynne Serpe, one of several candidates looking to take the District 22 City Council seat being vacated by Peter Vallone Jr. in January, says residents are in need of a change.

“Democracy is about choice,” she said. “This is the first time in a long time that the seat is completely open. For me, this election really gives the voters the opportunity to move forward and move forward in a way that is sustainable.”

As a candidate on the Green Party line, almost all of Serpe’s goals for District 22, which includes most of Astoria, involve sustainability.

“The city keeps rezoning industrial building zones but there is a way to support these businesses without rezoning,” she said. “If we want solar panels on commercial buildings, those need to be built somewhere, so why not bring those jobs here? The Brooklyn Navy Yard, though it is in a different ownership situation … by investing in rooftop farming and other environmentally friendly tactics, is a great example of what development can be.” Continue Reading

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Green candidate Serpe seeks New York City Council seat

p lynne serpeFrom Queens Campaigner:

If there was any district in New York City where a Green Party candidate, independent of the political machine system, had the potential to get elected, it is in Astoria’s 22nd District, Lynne Serpe said.

The environmental activist threw her name into the race to replace outgoing City Councilman Peter Vallone Jr. (D-Astoria), along with several other major party candidates like Democratic District Leader Costa Constantinides, Democrat John Ciafone, Conservative and Independence candidate Danielle De Stefano, Democrat Constantino “Gus” Prentzas and former New York Young Republican Club President Daniel Peterson.

The winner will go on to represent the 22nd District, which includes Astoria, Long Island City and parts of Jackson Heights.

“Here in New York City, we are effectively a one-party town,” Serpe said. “But Council District 22 is diverse and I feel people here are open to the idea of another party and to a new kind of politics.” Continue Reading

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Rich Whitney joins IL Greens for immigrant rights march and other events

From Rich Whitney for Governor:

Rich, US Senate candidate LeAlan Jones and several other Green Party candidates and volunteers will be marching in this year’s May Day Immigration March in Chicago on Saturday, May 1st. Please join us at 1pm at the corner of Lake & Ashland by Union Park.

ALSO ON THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL
April 30: Rich will be in Peoria this Friday for a joint campaign event at the Peoria Theater with green congressional candidate Sheldon Schafer from 6:00-10pm.

May 8: Rich joins green congressional candidate Laurel Lambert Schmidt for a fundraising brunch from 11am-1pm at 203 Parkview Road, Riverside 60546. RSVPs appreciated:  lynne@whitneyforgov.org Continue Reading

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Green Party NYC bulletin: Local meetings, Actions, Pechefsky op-ed, GPNYC online, & more

The Green Party of New York City, which ran 5 campaigns in 2009 including Lynne Serpe’s record 24% for NYC City Council, has published a newsletter for February 2010. News items from GPNYC include a Thank You Party for 2009 Candidates, an April 15th Tax Day Action, Green Local Meetings, other events of interest, an editorial about fixing the city council from 2009 candidate for city council David Pechefsky, GPNYC’s new facebook group, and more. Read on: Continue Reading

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Serpe debate gets coverage

In an article at Your Nabe.com, writer Nathan Duke covers the only debate between Peter Vallone Jr., incumbent Democratic City Councilperson from Astoria, NYC, Green Party challanger Lynne Serrpe, and Populist Party nominee Jerry Kahn.

The three candidates answered anonymous questions from audience members at Astoria’s Riccardo’s by the Bridge in the mostly cordial debate. Vallone, who was first elected in 2001, touted his record in the Council, while Serpe emphasized environmental issues and Kann pushed for higher taxes on the city’s wealthier residents.

Zwire.com has a fairly indepth review of each of the three candidates.

The candidate (Serpe) has raised about $100,000 including matching funds, only a few thousand less than Vallone

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NYC Greens shaking up fall election

In New York City, city council races used to be considered over after the Democratic primary. But this year, Green Party candidates are breathing some life into previously stagnant local politics.

Lynne Serpe of Astoria has been making the news regularly for campaigning hard and out-fundraising the incumbent. One voter who attended a candidate forum called Serpe the “clear winner of the event” and added “I was impressed to hear about her prior experience working on clean and fair elections, especially when the incumbent voted to extend term limits.”

A blogger at the Daily Gotham, who is still bitter about Nader’s 2000 campaign, nonetheless admits that David Pechefsky would be better for Park Slope than the problematic incumbent: “Pechefsky, from what I can tell, fits the district perfectly in where he stands on issues. He is honest and up front and personable”. Pechefsky also took part in the Develop Don’t Destroy Brooklyn Walkathon, siding with a large number of residents who oppose undemocratic development. At a debate sponsored by the Brooklyn Paper, Pechefsky said he wouldn’t back a speaker who voted to overrule the voters’ decision on term limits, while the incumbent refused to take a clear position.

Walter Nestler of the Southeast Bronx has also made the news for out-fundraising the incumbent in his race. He has made improving environmental quality and getting city funding for local green jobs his main issues. When asked how the Bronx Green Party compares with the dominant Bronx Democratic Party, Nestler remarked, “Maybe the Green Party has no experience. No experience with indictments.”

Evergreen Chou of Flushing outlined his platform in a candidates forum at the Flushing library.

On Friday Oct. 23rd, Green mayoral candidate Rev. Billy Talen will join Serpe and Chou at a benefit called “Party with the Greens in Queens”.

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Four Greens running for New York City Council

New York City politics have been a lot more lively this year thanks to Rev. Billy Talen’s campaign for mayor with the Green Party. Meanwhile, four hard-working Green candidates for NYC city council are hoping for a breakthrough in this overwhelmingly Democratic-voting city.

David Pechefsky, who spent twelve years working for the city council, is now running to represent District 39, Park Slope – Brooklyn. He has made a major issue out of reforming the city council so that the speaker doesn’t have all the power, as this short video explains nicely. To learn more about David Pechefsky and donate to his campaign, check out his website (donations to NYC candidates from residents of the 5 boroughs can be matched 6-1 by the city’s public funding program – so please help out NYC’s 5 excellent Green candidates!).

Evergreen Chou, a Green stalwart in Queens since the 1996 Nader campaign, is running to represent District 20, Flushing – Queens. Chou’s proposals include a requirement that 1/3 of new housing be allocated for low-income earners, a city survey of pollution-related conditions like asthma, new bike and pedestrian paths along Flushing’s waterfront, and posting the city budget online for greater transparency in how tax money is spent.

Lynne Serpe, an energy efficiency expert, community organizer and urban gardener, is running to represent District 22, Astoria – Queens. Her comprehensive platform focuses especially on the link between the environment and public health. Lynne Serpe is calling for sustainable development with thriving small businesses and green jobs; more public space, including community gardens and waterfront access for all; an improved transportation network; and energy-efficient, affordable housing. She recently penned an editorial for the New York Daily News calling for instant runoff voting in New York City.

Walter Nestler, a landscape architect who has served as an environmental watchdog on Community Board 9, is running to represent District 18 in the Southeast Bronx. He promises to fight the city’s habit of using the Southeast Bronx as a dumping ground for hazardous waste. Like Reverend Billy Talen, Nestler seeks to protect local businesses in a city that he sees as “becoming increasingly hostile towards” small business owners.

New York City – still the world’s leading example of strength through diversity – needs a strong Green Party to advance social and economic justice and sustainable development. With some innovative thinking, New York can lead the way to America’s future, but it is in mortal danger of succumbing to its worst demons – real estate speculation, disneyfication, and the Wall Street speculation that took down the global economy last year. By donating to Billy Talen, David Pechefsky, Evergreen Chou, Lynne Serpe, and Walter Nestler, you can help to turn the Big Apple Green.

(Pictured: L – Billy Talen and Lynne Serpe, R – Walter Nestler (L))

Billy Talen and Lynne SerpeWalter Nestler (left)