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Lynne Serpe in debate Monday

In a message to supporters, New York City Council candidate Lynne Serpe’s campaign encouraged her supporters to attend a debate planned for Monday of next week.

This Monday, October 19th, is the big debate with Peter Vallone Jr at Riccardo’s, sponsored by the Western Queens Gazette. We need as many supporters as we can pack into the room. Ricardo’s is located at 24th Ave and 21st Street and the Debate begins at 8pm, but try to show up no later than 7:45pm to make sure you get a seat. Riccardo’s is typically politico establishment territory, which is why it is so important we have Progressive supporters like you come out and cheer Lynne on.

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Lynne Williams Needs Your Support

Lynne Williams is running for Governor of Maine in 2010. Maine has over 12 years of strong turnout for Greens for Governor:
In 2006 Pat LaMarche won 10% of the vote.
In 2002 Jonathan Carter won 9.3% of the vote.
In 1998 Pat LaMarche won 6.8% of the vote.
In 1994 Jonathan Carter won 6.4% of the vote.

In 2010, Lynne Williams hopes to turn this increasing support for Green Politics into a Victory.

If you live in Maine, Williams needs your support NOW more than ever. Public financing through Maine’s Clean Election Laws has been critical to Green Party success in that state. From the Williams campaign:

To qualify for Maine Clean Election funds I MUST raise a minimum of $40,000 in seed money paid directly to the campaign AND collect a minimum of 3,250 $5 Qualifying Contributions for the Maine Clean Election fund. Once we meet these goals, we will qualify for $800,000 in Clean Election funding, so your $105 in contributions can yield a 7,200 percent return on your investment to allow my campaign to move forward on the issues of importance to you and to Maine.

The “seed money” can come from any individual anywhere, no more than $100 per person. The five dollar “Qualifying Contributions” must come from Mainers. All funds donated to the Williams Campaign will help her meet the Clean Elections requirements. The requirements this year are more challenging than in the past, due to the Democrats in the State Legislature raising the minimum requirements in order to benefit the major parties and keep third party candidates from qualifying.

Here is a recent Campaign Ad via YouTube for the Williams Campaign:

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Lynne Williams for Governor Commercial on Prop 1

Lynne Williams, Green Party candidate for Governor of Maine in 2010, is shooting a series of videos about the ballot measures that will be on this November’s ballot in Maine. Here is one urging Mainers to Vote No on Proposition 1, which is an attempt at a “Citizens’ Veto” that reads: “”Do you want to reject the new law that lets same-sex couples marry and allows individuals and religious groups to refuse to perform these marriages?”

It is a great idea for a state wide candidate to get out in front of the issues voters are voting on.

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Augusta Insider: Maine Greens Ready To Rumble

The Augusta Insider has a great piece about the Maine Independent Green Party. It covers the proposed changes to the Clean Elections law in Maine being proposed by Democrats that would make it more difficult for lower budget campaigns to qualify.

“The argument that clean election funds should be reserved for “viable” candidates only, suggests that “viability” is determined by the ability to raise large sums of money,” said Green Party Chair Anna Trevorrow. “The concept behind clean elections funding has always been that candidates ought to compete based on their policy ideas and the values they represent. The new changes undermine that fundamental concept by mandating a monetary threshold for competitors.” Trevorrow went on to say that this is not just about the Green Party, but that the changes keep clean election funds from any candidate who is not most institutionalized.

It also talks about the Greens opposition to the Democrats “Tax Reform” bill, which was also opposed by the Republicans. In response, the Democrats accused former Green Elected John Eder of getting help from Republicans, and claimed that “…Greens in Portland have moved closer to the Republican Party.“ The Greens responded:

Anna Trevorrow said the Green Party opposes the tax reform because “flat taxes are by nature inequitable, and the Green Party believes that those most capable of paying back into the system ought to compensate to some degree for those less able.” Lynne Williams felt the removal of an increase to the real estate transfer tax left her no choice but to oppose the tax reform bill. Trevorrow and Williams both disagree with comments made by Democrats after the Greens came out in opposition to the tax reform. “The Dems had to dig deep to find this skewed accusation, and even at that, came up false.” said Trevorrow in reference to comments in a Maine Democrat press release.

Excellent article, read the entire piece here.

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Portland Maine Greens get detailed write-up

DownEast.com carries an outstanding and detailed report on the history of the Portland Maine chapter of that state’s Green Independent Party. Jeff Clark, the article’s writer, interviewed several Portland Greens, and offers up a number of quotes.

Much of the thrust of what these Greens have to say can be summed up in these phrases: Go for youth, go for the non-voter, stand by your issues, and the Democrats are not our friends. Here are a couple of quotes to whet your appetite:

But these days the Greens are widely acknowledged as the city’s new second party, displacing the GOP in both votes and political offices and shaking the complacency out of the Democratic power structure.

“One of the first pieces of advice I got was to cut out all voters between eighteen and thirty-five years old, as well as anyone who hadn’t voted in the last presidential election,” Eder recalls. “I said no. Those young voters were my crowd. What I found was that it’s easy for any group of voters to become apathetic if they’re not invited to participate. Appealing to younger voters and going door to door were the keys to my success in Portland.”

Maine’s Greens have largely moved past the disgruntled Democrats who were the majority of early members. “There’s a generational change going on,” she says. “People are feeling they are Greens because of what we stand for, not because they’re sick of the Democrats.”

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Maine Green Party Leader to Run for Governor in 2010

Lynne Williams, Chair of the Maine Green Party, has announced that she intends to run for Governor of Maine in 2010. Based on the article below in the Bangor Daily News, Williams has a strong resume and could have a major impact in this race.

In 2006 Green Party gubernatorial candidate Pat LaMarche won 9.56% of the vote in Maine. In 2002, Green Party gubernatorial candidate Jonathan Carter won 9.28% of the vote in Maine.

Maine Green party chairwoman to run for governor
By Bill Trotter
BDN Staff

BAR HARBOR, Maine — An attorney who has championed numerous environmental and human rights causes in Maine has announced that she intends to run for governor in 2010.

Lynne Williams, 58, is state chairman of the Maine Green Independent Party and serves on the planning board in Bar Harbor. She has lived in Maine for 10 years, first in Augusta and then in Rockland before moving to Bar Harbor four years ago. In 2004, she ran unsuccessfully for the Maine House of Representatives as a Green party candidate in Rockland.
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