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Video of Saturday Green Party presidential debate

Complete video of the Green Party presidential debate hosted by the Green Party of New Mexico and Students Organizing Actions for Peace at the University of New Mexico on Saturday is now available online. The full video runs one hour and 48 minutes.

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Green Party makes progress on ballot access in 2014

From Ballot Access News:

p Green Party US new logoThe Green Party is now on the ballot for president in 2016 in nineteen states. By contrast, four years ago it was on in fourteen states. For purposes of this sentence, the District of Columbia is treated as a state.

The Arizona Green Party submitted 30,000 signatures on November 14, so in all likelihood it will soon be on in Arizona. It has almost finished its Maryland petition drive and expects to submit those signatures in December, so it will probably soon be on in 21 states, the most it has ever had following a midterm election.

Relative to four years ago, the Green Party has gained Delaware, Hawaii, New Mexico, Oregon, and Wisconsin.

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Upcoming Green Party conventions in NY, NM, HI, MD, MI, ME, CA

Maine Greens Convergence - Overgrow the SystemState Green Parties in New York, New Mexico, Hawai’i, Maryland, Michigan, Maine, and California are holding meetings in coming weeks to nominate candidates, discuss strategy, and get to know new members. If you are near one of these upcoming state meetings, we hope you will attend.

The Green Party of New York State convention will be held in Troy on May 17th. More information is available here on the party’s website.

The Green Party of New Mexico is also holding its state convention on May 17th. Click here for more information. Continue Reading

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Green Party of New Mexico Submits Signatures for Ballot Access

According to the Jill Stein Campaign, who partnered with the Green Party of New Mexico to coordinate the petition drive to get the Green Party back on the ballot in New Mexico, volunteers have submitted over 4,500 signatures to surpass the 3,000 signature threshold needed. That puts the Green Party at 21 States, with 11 more currently petitioning. From the Stein Campaign:

This morning, the Stein campaign announced that nearly 4500 signatures of registered New Mexico voters have been collected and submitted to place the Green Party on the ballot in that state. This represents an excess of 50% over the minimum required for ballot status.

The signatures were collected by volunteers and staff organized by the Stein campaign in cooperation with the New Mexico Green Party. The campaign provided a full time field organizer on the ground as well as travel money for volunteers who came from California, Wisconsin, and Connecticut to put New Mexico on the ballot.

On hearing the good news, Dr. Stein said that, “That is terrific work for which we should all congratulate the New Mexico Greens. I’m proud of what they’ve done, and very happy that my campaign could play the role it did in making this happen. New Mexico is back on the Green map.”

The Stein campaign has already put the Utah Greens on the ballot, and assisted the Hawai’i Greens in securing their ballot line. The campaign has also already, sometimes in cooperation with existing parties, sometimes on its own, launched new ballot drives in Connecticut, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Vermont, with many more to come. Jill Stein is also party to an Alabama lawsuit intended to reform ballot access rules in that state.

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Green Party Western U.S. House Candidates 2010

There are 58 candidates running for the United States House of Representatives on November 2.

This is the second of three posts on Green Party House candidates, continuing with the Western portion of the United States. There are candidates running in Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Texas and Washington.

Arlzona
William Crum (CD 2) – William Crum is a write-in candidate for U.S. House, second district. He ran for the same seat in 2008 and finished with 3,616 votes (1.1%) in a four way race. He is a father of five and grandfather of 17.
Leonard Clark (CD 3) – Len Clark is running for US House in Arizona’s 3rd District. Find out more about his campaign at his facebook page.
Rebecca Dewitt (CD 4) – Rebecca is an accountant, a mother, and the Secretary of the Arizona Green Party. She ran for the same seat in 2008 and finished with 4,464 votes (3.6%). Find out more about Rebecca Dewitt at her website.

California
Carol Wolman (CD 1) – Wolman is a psychiatrist on the Mendocino Coast, primarily working with native peoples. She is married with two children. In 2008 she ran for the same seat, finishing with an impressive 24,793 votes (8.54%), one of the best returns of congressional candidates in 2008.
Ben Emery (CD 4) – Ben Emery is a private ranch manager, he lives in Nevada City, CA with his wife and children. This is his first campaign for office.
Dave Heller (CD 9) – Heller ran a write-in campaign for this seat in 2008, finishing with 37 votes. Learn more about his campaign at his website. Also see his candidate statement video at KTVU.
Jeremy Cloward (CD 10) – Cloward is a political science professor, living in Pleasant Hill, CA with his wife and children. He last ran for this same office last year in a special election, finishing with 2,515 votes (1.83%).
Eric Peterson (CD 17) – Peterson is one of four candidates running for US House in the 17th Congressional District.

Colorado
Gary Swing (CD 1) – Gary Swing is a long time Green Party activist, working on Green Party campaigns since the mid-1990’s. He ran for State Representative in 1996 on the Green Party ticket, finishing with 1,338 votes (8.5%). He is a cultural event promoter in the Denver area, avid mountain climber, vegetarian and 9/11 truth movement supporter.

New Mexico
Alan Woodruff (CD 1) - Woodruff has been a chemical engineer, a management consultant, a financial consultant and a tax lawyer. After retiring from law practice he was a novelist and political junkie. This is his first run for office.

Oregon
Chris Henry (CD 1) – I had the pleasure of spending time with Chris Henry in Detroit this summer, he is a great guy. He is a union truck driver and green party organizer in Oregon. He last ran in 2008 for this same seat, finishing with 5,252 votes (2%).
Michael Meo (CD 3) – Meo is a math teacher and science historian, teaching at both the high school and university level. He is also a co-chair of the Pacific Green Party of Oregon. He ran for this same office in 2008, finishing with 12,741 votes (4%).
Michael Beilstein (CD 4) – Beilstein is a retired chemist from Oregon State University who also served time in the Peace Corps in the 1970s. He has also served three terms on the Corvalis City Council. He ran for this same seat in 2008, finishing with 8,195 votes (4%).
Chris Lugo (CD 5) – Lugo is a journalist and peace activist who previously ran for office on the Green Party ticket in Tennessee. Lugo has run twice for US Senate in the past, in 2008 he ran in Tennessee finishing with 9,102 votes (0.4%) and in 2006 he ran for Senate finishing with 2,578 votes (0.1%). (By the way, he has one of the most visually appealing websites from Green Party candidates.)

Texas
Jim Howe (CD 11) – Howe is an active member of the Permian Basin Central Labor Union and Communication Workers of America. This his first campaign for office.
Ed Scharf (CD 23) – Ed Scharf ran for this seat in 2002, finishing with 805 votes (0.5%). He is the co-owner of a wildlife lodge and broker with Scharf Realty.

Washington
Roy Olson (CD 9) – Olson, an actuary in Olympia, is a candidate for U.S. Representative in Washington’s Ninth Congressional District. Because of Washington’s “Top Two” election law, Olson was eliminated from the general election ballot during the primary on Sept. 1, where he finished 4th with 4,159 votes (3.34%).

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New Mexico Green Party’s ballot access struggle documented

Marisa Demarco of The Alibi reports on the New Mexico Green Party’s struggle to put candidates on the ballot in the face of hostile opposition from the state:

New Mexico is the only state in the nation without an independent or third-party candidate in any statewide race—or for the U.S. House. “There’s no state with a worse record this year,” says Richard Winger, who edits Ballot Access News, a national publication based in San Francisco. He writes about independent candidates and third parties, and he keeps track of developing laws state by state….

Green Party member Alan Woodruff says he showed up at the Secretary of State’s Office with about 4,500 signatures on the day they were due in June, and that they were rejected. But Don Francisco Trujillo, the deputy secretary of state, says “Alan Woodruff never showed up with any signatures.” Instead, according to Trujillo, Woodruff brought only a letter saying he was the Green Party’s candidate in the race for Congress between Rep. Martin Heinrich and Jon Barela. For this story, Woodruff brought the signatures—on 400 pages—to the Alibi offices on Tuesday, Oct. 12.

Read the full article at The Alibi.

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New Mexico Green Party files second ballot access lawsuit

Ballot Access News reports:

On July 1, the New Mexico Green Party filed a second ballot access lawsuit to get its U.S. House candidate on the November 2010 ballot. One case is already pending in U.S. District Court. The new lawsuit is in state court. See this story.

New Mexico is the only state that requires the nominee (not someone seeking the party nomination, but the nominee) of a qualified party to submit his or her own petition. Alan Woodruff is the nominee of the Green Party, and he complied with that law. He submitted approximately 4,000 signatures by the deadline on his nominee petition. But the signatures were rejected because the Secretary of State does not believe the Green Party is ballot-qualified. The Green Party meets the 5% vote test for a party to be entitled to its own primary, and it meets the one-third of 1% registration membership test. But it doesn’t meet yet another test, that it have polled at least one-half of 1% for President at the last presidential election. The new lawsuit in state court says that the state was supposed to have notified the Green Party after the November 2008 election that it had been disqualified, but it did not do so. Continue Reading

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Green Party candidate blocked from filing in New Mexico

News West 9 reports from New Mexico that Green Party candidate Alan Woodruff has been blocked by the Secretary of State from filing to run for Congress:

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) – The secretary of state’s office has turned down an attempt by a Green Party candidate to run for Congress in New Mexico.

Alan Woodruff of Albuquerque tried to submit nominating petitions on Tuesday to become a candidate in the Albuquerque-area 1st Congressional District.

Deputy Secretary of State Don Francisco Trujillo said he declined to accept the petitions because the Green Party is no longer a qualified political party in New Mexico.

Woodruff said he plans to file lawsuit challenging the secretary of state’s decision.

Woodruff previously had planned to run as a Libertarian candidate. He is part of a 2009 lawsuit pending in federal court that alleges the state unfairly restricts ballot access for minor parties.

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Green Appointed to New Mexico Election Commission

Political parties to help develop election rules
May 10, 2010

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) – Secretary of State Mary Herrera has formed a committee of political party representatives to help with regulations implementing new state election laws.

Herrera announced Monday the appointment of members of the Democratic, Republican and Green parties to the committee.

The panel will assist the secretary of state’s office in developing rules for a law requiring a check of the accuracy of vote tabulators before the November general election. The law also requires a post-election audit of tabulators in random precincts in races in which the winning margin is less than 15 percent.

Named to the committee were Democrat Paul Stokes of Corrales, Republican Barbara Blackwell of Santa Fe and Green Party member Sean Knight of Pojoaque.

(hat tip to Brent McMillan for the story)

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New Mexico Green Party nominates congressional candidate at state convention

The Santa Fe Reporter recently published an article about the New Mexico Green Party’s state convention. The article asks “Can New Mexico’s Green Party recapture its heyday?” and covers the party’s conflict with NM’s Secretary of State, as well as the party’s nomination of Alan Woodruff for US Representative in district 1.