Greens finish 2nd in two special elections

In two four-way special elections yesterday in Pittsfield, MA and Minneapolis, MN, Green Party candidates took second place. In Massachusetts’ 3rd Berkshire State Representative district, Green-Rainbow Party candidate Mark Miller finished close behind Democrat Tricia Farley-Bouvier, although the final vote count is not yet clear. From Ballot Access News:

Some sources say Miller lost by only 92 votes, and some say he lost by 192 votes. He placed second, with either 30% or 32% of the total. The winning Democrat, Tricia Farley-Bouvier, polled 33%.

In Minnesota’s 61st State Senate district, Farheen Hakeem finished second with 22% to 68% for Democrat Jeff Hayden. In both races, the Green candidate outpolled a Republican and an independent.


Greens in special elections today in Pittsfield and Minneapolis

Green Party candidates are running in two special elections scheduled for October 18th, one each in Pittsfield, MA and Minneapolis, MN.

In Pittsfield, Mark Miller is running for Massachusetts State Representative in the 3rd Berkshires District. Miller earned 45% of the vote for the same office in 2010. For more information on his campaign, check out his website.

In Minneapolis, Farheen Hakeem is running for Minnesota State Senate in District 61. Hakeem took 30% of the vote in a 2008 run for MN State House. For more information on her campaign, check out her website.


Mark Miller campaign news: Debate report, Planned Parenthood endorsement

Mark Miller‘s campaign for Massachusetts State Representative in the 3rd Berkshire District has been busy in the final weeks leading up to the October 18th special election. This is Miller’s second run for the office, after earning 45% of the vote in 2010. In a recent email to supporters, the Miller campaign announced its latest endorsement:

The Planned Parenthood Advocacy Fund (the political arm of Planned Parenthood League of Massachusetts) has announced that it is supporting Mark Miller in his bid to become the next State Representative for the Third Berkshire District. The announcement comes on the heels of the endorsement by Mass Alliance, the statewide coalition that includes Planned Parenthood.

George Hollister Isman of Mass Alliance cited Mark’s pro-choice stance in her statement announcing the coalition’s endorsement of the GRP candidate: “Mark Miller is the clear progressive choice for State Representative. His commitment to excellent public schools, good local jobs, a woman’s right to choose, and a heath care system that is truly universal and affordable will make him a strong progressive voice in the State House.” Continue Reading


Mass Alliance endorses Mark Miller for MA State Rep

The Massachusetts Green-Rainbow Party has announced another endorsement for Mark Miller, the Green candidate for MA State Representative in the 3rd Berkshire District:

Breaking News! Mark just today received the endorsement of the Mass Alliance, the foremost coalition of progressive organizations in Massachusetts,  including economic and social justice, labor, immigrant, environmental, womens, gblt and progressive Democratic organizations.

This is their first ever endorsement for a Green-Rainbow candidate.  If ever there was a sign that the political landscape is changing, this is it. With endorsements from the UAW, Mass Nurses Association, and the Mass Alliances, it’s clear that Mark Miller is breaking through the Beacon Hill sound barrier, and his message – our message – is getting heard. Continue Reading

Green for Greens: Mark Miller for MA State Representative

In the western Massachusetts city of Pittsfield, an exciting campaign is unfolding that should capture the attention of Greens across the United States. Mark Miller, who took 45% of the vote in 2010 as the MA Green-Rainbow Party’s candidate for State Representative in the 3rd Berkshire District, is running again for the same seat in a special election to be held October 18th. The campaign is building momentum: Miller has recently been endorsed by the United Auto Workers and the MA Nurses Association.

With our help, Mark Miller can have a good shot at becoming the first Green elected to Massachusetts state government – a potential breakthrough victory for Greens across the US. Let’s not miss this opportunity: donate to Mark Miller’s campaign today to help put him over the top.

On his website, Miller declares: “A legislator’s votes should not be bought by corporations or dictated by leadership.” He lists his five major issues as building a secure, local, green economy, fairer taxes, “Medicare for All” single-payer health insurance, clean and transparent state government, and a commitment to public education. Take a look at Miller’s site for more information about why he’s running.

In 2010, Mark Miller’s 45% of the vote put him at the front of a pack of Green Party candidates who fell just short of winning state legislative races. Now, the combination of his strong showing last year, big early endorsements, and a bustling on-the-ground campaign make Miller a real contender in this special election, only six weeks away.

Mark Miller’s election would send an unmistakable message that the party for real solutions is growing. Every little bit we give (including volunteer time for those who live nearby) increases his chances of victory. Donate today to help Mark Miller and the Massachusetts Green-Rainbow Party make history!


JD Hebert advances to general election in Pittsfield City Council race

In Pittsfield, MA, Green-Rainbow Party member JD Hebert has finished in the top 2 of 4 candidates for the Ward 7 City Council seat and will advance to the general election on November 3rd.

Hebert works as director of transportation, housing, shelter and facilities for Berkshire Community Action Council, an anti-poverty organization in Western Massachusetts.

In an interview with iBerkshires.com, Hebert emphasized transparency in government: Continue Reading