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Sherman, Bradshaw win contested Illinois Green U.S. House primaries

illinoisResults are in from the two contested Green Party U.S. House primaries in Illinois Tuesday.

With 98% of votes counted, Rob Sherman has defeated Warren Grimsley in the Fifth District by a margin of 60% to 40%.

With 96% of votes counted, Paula Bradshaw has defeated Sadona Folkner in the 12th District by a margin of 80% to 20%.

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Green Party will have two competitive U.S. House primaries in Illinois

illinoisAccording to Ballot Access News, the Green Party is the only party slated to have a competitive primary in the Illinois Fifth District U.S. House race, where Warren Grimsley, Richard Mayers, and Rob Sherman are all running. Democratic incumbent Rep. Mike Quigley is unopposed in his party’s primary, while there is no Republican candidate. Green Nancy Wade took 6.1% in a three-way race in the district in 2014.

There is also a competitive Green primary in the 12th District, where Paula Bradshaw will face Sadona Folkner. There was no Green on the November ballot two years ago; in 2012, Bradshaw took 5.6% in a three-way race.

The primaries will be held on March 15.

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Green for Greens: Nancy Wade and Paula Bradshaw for Congress (IL)

Green For Greens is about highlighting some of the most exciting Green candidates across the United States – and asking our readers to contribute what they can to help these candidates succeed. We are committed to building a party of peace, justice, democracy and ecology, free of corporate money and control, and the best way to do that is by supporting the courageous candidates who are spreading our message and building our party every day.

p rich whitney debate protestFor years, the two-party establishment has attacked Green Parties around the country for daring to offer voters another choice, but perhaps nowhere has the crackdown been more intense than Illinois. After Green gubernatorial candidate Rich Whitney earned over 10% in 2006 running against Democratic incumbent Rod Blagojevich (who soon afterward went to federal prison for massive corruption), the IL Democratic machine pulled out all the stops to fight off the Green surge with a combination of dirty tricks and discriminatory ballot access laws. In 2014, although the Greens submitted nearly 30,000 signatures to qualify their statewide slate, the IL Democrats took advantage of the state’s notoriously anti-democratic ballot access laws to kick the Greens off the ballot.

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Nancy Wade

Yet the Illinois Greens persevere in their quest to rid their state of corrupt machine politics and return the reins of government to the people. This resilient spirit is embodied by Nancy Wade and Paula Bradshaw, who are both making their second run for Congress.

A Spanish teacher and longtime community activist, Nancy Wade is running in Illinois’ 5th district (Chicago and DuPage County) on a bold progressive platform that includes taxing the 1% to pay for mass job creation, Medicare for All, overturning Citizens United, slashing military spending and ending the MidEast wars. In 2012, Nancy Wade earned 5.7% of the vote in the same race.

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Paula Bradshaw - Green Party candidate for Illinois CD 12

Paula Bradshaw – Green Party candidate for Illinois CD 12

Paula Bradshaw of Carbondale (in Southern IL) comes from an active family: her husband is Rich Whitney, IL Green candidate for governor in 2006 and 2010, and her daughter Jessica Bradshaw became the first Green elected to Carbondale City Council in 2012. Paula Bradshaw’s campaign is centered around the Green New Deal platform of creating millions of family-supporting jobs in the transition to a sustainable society. In 2012, Paula Bradshaw earned 5.6% of the vote in the same race.

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Despite the efforts of powerful political elites to suppress the Illinois Green Party, these strong women are bringing the Green message of peace, justice, democracy and ecology to thousands of new voters. Show your support for their courageous efforts by making a contribution to their campaigns today!

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Illinois Greens file for 2014 primary

NancyWadeFrom the Illinois Green Party:

Earlier this month, several Green Party candidates* successfully filed for office and will be on the ballot in the March 18, 2014, primary, including:
  • Nancy Wade, U.S. Congress, U.S. Congress, 5th District (NW Chicago & Cook, NE DuPage)
  • Paula Bradshaw, U.S. Congress, 12th District (Metro East/Carbondale)
  • George Milkowski, Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago
  • Karen Roothaan, Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago
  • Michael Smith, Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago
In addition, there are a number of candidates in Cook County and Downstate for precinct/township committeeperson. While these races are unopposed, you can show your support for the Green Party by asking for a Green Party ballot in the March 18, 2014, Illinois Primary (if there is no Green Party ballot available in your area, you can ask for a nonpartisan ballot).  Continue Reading
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Paula Bradshaw for Congress Debate Recap

From the Paula Bradshaw campaign:

In the second full Congressional debate held in Marion, Illinois last night, Green Party candidate Paula Bradshaw established herself as the clear choice for all Southern Illinois voters who would like to see the region and the nation move forward, not backward – on the economy, social issues and the environment. Specifically:

  • While Bradshaw and Democratic contender Bill Enyart both addressed the need for greater tax fairness, Bradshaw was the only candidate to address the federal government’s responsibility to directly employ jobless workers and achieve full employment, through a mass mobilization, on the scale of World War II, but directed toward producing the weapons to fight global warming, the end of cheap oil and a crumbling infrastructure, through her Green New Deal proposal.
  • Bradshaw was the only candidate in the race to categorically oppose horizontal drilled hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking” – recognizing that the practice cannot be made safe through regulation, and that the economic harms outweigh the claimed economic benefits, since most of the jobs created will not be local, and the environmental impacts will harm tourism, recreation, farming and the natural resources on which the economy depends.
  • Bradshaw was the only candidate to squarely attack our reliance on fossil fuels generally, noting the urgent need to immediately invest major federal resources in renewable energy and sustainable transportation now – both to benefit our economy and combat global climate change.
  • Bradshaw was the only candidate to call for the repeal of NAFTA and other so-called “free trade” policies, supported by both Democrats and Republicans, that harm labor in our own country and created much of the surge in immigration by devastating the Mexican economy.
  • Bradshaw was the only candidate who rejected the premise that Southern Illinois should be reliant on prison jobs, attacking the prison-industrial complex and the over-incarceration of Americans for nonviolent offenses. Continue Reading
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Green Party is ON THE BALLOT in Illinois

In yet another historic feat, the Illinois Green Party submitted over 25,000 signatures to get back on the ballot in 2012, and this time the Democrats did not challenge the petitions. This means that Illinois joins California, Texas, New York and Florida to have the Green Party on the ballot this fall in the five most populous states. The next most populous state, Pennsylvania, is currently petitioning. The Green Party is currently on the ballot in 22 states, and petitioning in 18 more.

Also, two Green Party Congressional Candidates Nancy Wade (5th Congressional district) and Paula Bradshaw (12th Congressional district) submitted over 5,000 signatures each to appear on the ballot. According to the DuPage County Greens, Paula Bradshaw’s petitions were challenged. Nancy Wade announced that she is on the ballot without challenges.