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Chicago Green Party endorses Fioretti for Mayor

p bob fiorettiFrom Progress Illinois:

The Green Party of Chicago has endorsed Ald. Bob Fioretti (2nd) in the mayor’s race.

“Chicago has been subject to persistent political abuse, from the shuttering of dozens of schools to the siphoning of tax dollars off to private interests,” Phil Huckelberry, chair of the Green Party of Chicago, said in a statement. “Bob Fioretti has been at the forefront of standing up to these abuses, and he takes it further and backs it up with real ideas for moving the city forward.”

See the Chicago Green Party’s statement on the endorsement here.

The Green Party of Chicago has also made endorsements in the following ward races: Continue Reading

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Chicago Green Party hosts mayoral forum

p chicago green mayoral forumFrom DNAinfo Chicago:

Mayoral candidates vowed to get Chicago back on track during the Green Party’s mayoral forum at the Second Unitarian Church in Lakeview Saturday.

Ald. Robert Fioretti (2nd),William “Dock” Walls and Cook County Commissioner Jesus “Chuy” Garcia tackled education, tax-increment financing reform and environmental issues during the forum at the church, 656 W. Barry Ave. Candidate Willie Wilson did not attend, nor did Mayor Rahm Emanuel.

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Rochester & Syracuse Democrats refuse to debate Greens

p kevin bottFrom Green Party US:

Syracuse

Green Party demands debate going into mayoral election

“We feel given the state of the city right now, the people deserve to hear all ideas and perspectives about the cities future,” said Green Party candidate Kevin Bott.

When asked if she would debate, Democratic Mayor Stephanie Miner said “I am working from sun up to sun down, 12-14 hours a day. There is just not a lot of time in the day,” she said. “I’m meeting with lots of people, talking about lots of issues so that is what I am focused on,”

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Syracuse Green mayoral candidate Kevin Bott Q&A transcript

p kevin bottSyracuse Green Party mayoral candidate Kevin Bott recently answered questions in a live chat on Syracuse.com.

Kevin Bott, the Green Party candidate for Syracuse mayor, said in a live chat with Syracuse.com readers Wednesday that he is in the race to win. “I’m not in this race as a symbol, or just to get new ideas out there. I don’t roll like that,” Bott said.

See the transcript of the Q&A session at Syracuse.com.

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Green campaign for Mayor of Fall River, MA to kick off Thursday 9/12

p Joe CarvalhoFrom the Massachusetts Green-Rainbow Party:

Joe Carvalho, the Green-Rainbow Party member running for mayor of Fall River, will celebrate his victory in the preliminary election and then kick off his general election campaign with a pasta dinner event at 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm on Thursday, September 12, in Fall River, Massachusetts.

All Green-Rainbow Party members are invited to attend.

Meet Joe and show your support for his groundbreaking campaign.

… visit Joe Carvalho’s campaign site …

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Green campaign for Syracuse mayor to launch Wednesday

p kevin bottFrom the Syracuse Post-Standard:

Kevin Bott, the Green Party candidate for Syracuse mayor, will kick off his campaign on the steps of Syracuse City Hall Wednesday afternoon – the day after the Democratic Party primary.

Expect to hear about some issues not discussed so far in the race. The five issues listed on his website include leadership, poverty and jobs, education, justice and birth.

Bott is the associate director of Imagining America: Artists and Scholars in Public Life. He is also the founder and artistic director of The D.R.E.A.M. Freedom Revival, in Syracuse. He has also directed a downstate non-profit that works through theater with men recently released and in prison. He has a doctorate in educational theater from New York University. Continue Reading

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Mary DeCamp for Mayor of Tucson has HQ at Occupy Tent

Mary DeCamp, Green Party candidate for Mayor of Tucson, Arizona, has her campaign headquarters in a tent at the Occupy Tucson camp. While some politicians might be talking the talk but living comfortably, DeCamp is days away from being evicted as her home is about to face foreclosure.

From Reuters:

(Reuters) – There is no bank of telephones at Mary DeCamp’s campaign headquarters, no volunteers eager to bring her message to the masses.

The Green Party candidate for mayor of Tucson, who is days away from losing her home to foreclosure, is flanked by fellow Occupy Tucson activists as she directs her long shot bid for public office from a borrowed tent in a local park.

“November 10th is my eviction date,” the aptly named candidate said cheerfully on Friday, while unpacking signs after police had pushed Occupy Tucson campers from one park to another a night earlier.

DeCamp could have saved her house, she said, and could have taken handouts from friends and family to keep her mortgage current. But she said she gave up after months of phone calls from the bank hounding her about late payments as she fell further behind.

“I just shut down,” she said.
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Two Greens vying to become next mayor of Portland, Maine

In Portland, Maine’s largest city, the city’s first mayoral election in decades features two candidates from the Green Independent Party: former State House member John Eder and City Councilor David Marshall. Both have been featured recently in the Portland Press Herald.

In his interview, Eder said that affordable housing would be the central issue in his administration:

“We’re on the verge of the creative economy toppling the artists and workers who helped make Portland become what it is,” he said. “We can’t lose those people.”

Marshall pointed to a record of accomplishment in five years on the council and presented his plan:

Marshall’s five-point platform includes investing in the city’s school facilities, converting homes and businesses from oil to alternative fuels, and creating a streetcar line.

Those programs would cost a significant amount up front, as some opponents have pointed out. Marshall calls them “investments.” He points to a record of saving the city money.

The election will be conducted using instant runoff voting, which Green Anna Trevorrow played a key role in enacting as a member of Portland’s charter commission. Ben Chipman, an independent State House member who is closely aligned with the Greens, is also quoted in the article about Marshall.

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Republican drops out of Tucson mayoral race due to signature challenge, leaving only Democrat and two Greens

The Republican candidate for mayor of Tucson, Arizona has dropped out of the race due to a signature challenge on his nominating petitions.  This is of interest to third partisans for two reasons.  First, it is rare that a major party is pushed off the ballot due to signature challenges (meaning that he didn’t collect enough valid signatures on his nominating petitions in order to meet the legal requirement).  It’s more common to see major party primary challengers and minor party or independent candidates pushed off the ballot in this way.

Second, this means that in the general election there will only be a Democrat and a Green.  That Green will either be Mary DeCamp, a City Council candidate in the past, or Dave Croteau, a past mayoral candidate.  There will be a primary to determine who will be on the ballot for the general election.  Another candidate who was running for the Green nomination dropped out of the race in order to support and work on sustainability issues with the now-former Republican candidate.

EDIT: Apparently, according to Jeremy Young and Richard Winger in the comments at IPR, as well as the blog Jeremy Young recommended, the Republicans can still nominate a candidate by write-in through their primary.  Also, in addition to the candidates mentioned, an independent was also thrown off the ballot.

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The once and future Mayor

Jason WestJason West was Mayor of New Paltz New York from 2003 to 2007. An active member of the Green Party at that time, West was the first official in the United States to marry same-sex couples. He was arrested and charged with “solemnizing marriages without a license”. The charges were later dismissed.

After losing in a run at re-election West headed out west, to the University of California at Berkley to study urban planning, and later returned to New Paltz. This year he again ran for Mayor, and according to posts on his Facebook page, he has won that race, giving him a second but non-consecutive term.

West ran on the “Cooperative Party” ticket.