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Waterford, Connecticut, Green Party notches first win

Waterford, CT Green Party LogoConnecticut’s New London Day reports that “two years ago, the members of the Waterford Green Party were trying to just get candidates from their party on to the town’s ballot,” but on Tuesday, “the small but determined group had successfully run a candidate for a townwide office — albeit in an uncontested race — and drummed up thousands of votes for the four candidates on the ballot.”

Local Green Party Co-Chair Joshua Kelly was elected Zoning Board of Appeals alternate. He told The Day, “We’re reaching people. It means that people want a new voice in the government. … We see ourselves at least as different from the Democrats as the Democrats are different from Republicans. We just want to make sure the conversation is being had.”

There were 14 Greens on the ballot across Connecticut Tuesday, and four were elected: Kelly, incumbent New London School Board member Mirna Martinez, and two candidates for New Canaan constable, John Amarilios and Hector Lopez.

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Cities with multiple Green candidates in 2011 elections

In 2009, Green candidates won 35% of municipal elections that they entered. Given this figure, it’s not hard to see that with more Greens running in more local elections around the country, the Green Party could become America’s third major party in the course of a few election cycles. Here’s a shout-out to cities where Greens are leading the way by running more than one candidate in 2011 elections, roughly arranged by population. Will your town be next?

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Cheri Honkala, Philadelphia Sheriff

Brian Rudnick, Philadelphia City Council District 8

Baltimore, Maryland

Bill Barry, Baltimore City Council District 3

Douglas Armstrong, Baltimore City Council District 14

Tucson, Arizona

Mary DeCamp, Tucson Mayor Continue Reading