WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Green Party made several advances in the 2014 general election on November 4, with Green candidates winning 27 seats and ballot lines held for most state Green Parties.
The most closely watched Green races were in Richmond, California, where outgoing Mayor Gayle McLaughlin overcame a $3-million campaign by Chevron to defeat her slate, and New York, where Howie Hawkins challenged incumbent Gov. Andrew Cuomo. Continue Reading →
On November 8, Portland Maine will hold an election for the first popularly elected Mayor in over 80 years. Furthermore, voters will get to rank the candidates as the election will be using Instant Runoff Voting (IRV), which will be very interesting given that there are 14 candidates on the ballot.
One of those candidates, John Eder, is a former State Legislator, one of a handful of Greens ever elected to State Legislative office in the U.S. Eder, however, did not get the endorsement of the Maine Green Independent Party (MGIP), which has instead endorsed sitting City Councilor David Marshall, also a Green:
“Let there be no mistake about it, David Marshall is the Green choice for Portland’s mayor,” states Nate Shea, MGIP Chair. “His leadership on sustainable transportation, green development, and the creative economy places him among the strongest elected Greens in the nation.”
The Green Independent Party endorses Marshall because of his vision to create a modern streetcar line in Portland, to convert homes and businesses off of oil to cleaner fuels, and to grow the population density to create a more sustainable city as well as his longstanding commitment to helping constituents cut through city bureaucracy. For these reasons, the Green Independent Party strongly urges its members to rank David Marshall as their first choice for Mayor.
The endorsement comes as somewhat of a surprise because of Eder’s background. Eder helped mentor City Councilor David Marshall, the other Green Independent Party candidate running for mayor.
But Eder said Marshall is already on the City Council and “doing great work,” and the city needs fresh leadership. He said with Marshall still there, and Strimling as mayor and Eder advocating from the outside, “we’re going to make a great team for this city.”
There are two more Greens running in Portland on November 8. Josephine Okot is running for Portland School Board, and Jack Safarik is running for Portland Water Board.
From the Portland Press Herald, an article covering this weekend’s state meeting of the Maine Green Independent Party:
BRUNSWICK – At their annual convention Sunday, members of Maine’s Green Independent Party discussed issues of ecology, social justice and grass-roots democracy. They spoke of diversity, personal and global responsibility, community-based economics, non-violence and decentralization of wealth and power. Of gender equity, future focus and sustainability.
They looked back — at a gubernatorial race without a Green candidate on the ballot — and they looked ahead — at a precedent-setting mayoral race in Maine’s largest city.
“It’s a very important race, for sure,” Fred Horch, who ran a close second in Brunswick to an incumbent Democrat in a three-way race for a seat in the State House, said of November’s ballot in Portland, where the public will elect a mayor for the first time in 87 years, and under a ranked-choice system to boot.
“I think having the mayor be a Green would give a legitimacy to the party. It would raise the profile of the party. And the policies the mayor pursues will certainly get in front of the voters,” he said.
In a message to supporters at Facebook, Maine Green Independent Party chair Anna Trevorrow issued an appeal for donations to her campaign. Please donate to her campaign here. EDITOR’S NOTE…this link has been disabled, as Trevorrow has raised all the money she is allowed to raise by state law.
As you may have heard by now, I am running for State House Representative in district 120, which represents Portland’s East End and Downtown peninsula neighborhoods. Today, I completed verification of 67, $5 qualifying contributions to the Maine Clean Election Fund. This means that I will qualify for Maine’s public campaign funding system, which levels the playing field for all candidates, and keeps private interest dollars out of campaigns.
NOW is the ONLY OPPORTUNITY for me to raise money (up to $500) from friends like you. Tomorrow (4/21/2010) is the deadline for raising this “seed” money. I am working hard this evening to raise some last minute funds to pay for sign materials to give me the edge in visibility at this early stage in the race.
Please consider making an online contribution to my campaign BEFORE the end of the day TOMORROW by clicking the donate button on this link:
Maine’s Voter Owned Elections will only permit her campaign to raise a total of $500 in this last day. Any donations over $500 total will be returned to the contributor. Don’t let that be an excuse for not giving! Just think of it as a donation that might come back to you some day.
Trevorrow is an elected member of Portland’s Charter Commission, and will be the second Green elected to Maine’s legislature.
Anthony Zeli is running for school board in Portland, Maine. According to a post by Anna Trevorrow at Facebook, he has turned in the required signatures and a campaign kick-off party is planned for September 5th. Full details are behind the fold. Continue Reading →
An article in today’s Portland Press Herald focuses on the impact that three Portland Maine Greens have had on the Portland City Council. (thanks to Dan J for the tip) This is another classic example of Greens positively improving their community though local government.
PORTLAND — Three years after first winning seats on the Portland City Council, the Green Independent Party can claim some success in pushing its agenda through City Hall.
Political observers say the three Greens on the council have proved to be effective consensus-builders on their core issues, such as reducing the city’s energy usage and revamping land-use and transportation plans to encourage more housing downtown and less reliance on automobiles.
“These are the guys who are moving and shaking,” said Christopher O’Neil, the Portland Community Chamber’s liaison to City Hall. “There is some question among Portlanders as to whether Portland should be moving or shaking, but the fact of the matter is … they are the ones driving the agenda.” Continue Reading →
Greenline, the Green Party’s e-bulletin, has just released their June 2009 edition. With stories on registration for this summer’s Annual National Meeting, election results from June 9th elections, and the last opportunity to buy paper versions of Green Pages this year, it is a must read. The entire text is available by clicking this article’s headline.
Three Greens ran in elections in Portland, ME earlier this week for seats on the Portland Charter Commission, a body that will be reviewing the city’s existing charter and proposing changes. 19 candidates in all were on the ballot in a handful of district and at-large races to fill the remaining nine seats on the board.
Brent McMillan from GPUS posted the following results here two days ago:
Ben Chipman won his race for City of Portland Maine Charter Commission District 1. He finished first of two candidates with 314 votes or 62.16%.
Dan Jenkins lost his race for City of Portland Maine Charter Commission District 2. He finished second of two candidates with 252 votes or 45.49%.
Anna Trevorrow won her race for City of Portland Maine Charter Commission At-Large. She finished fourth of eight candidates for four seats with 1,443 votes or 12.77%
You can view the results here: http://www.portlandmaine.gov/voter/..%5Cvoter%5Cresults.pdf
Congratulations to the Portland Greens for their victories and good luck in the process! Local politics may not be as “glamorous” as national politics but I would argue that it has a bigger impact on people’s immediate daily lives. We need more Greens taking leadership roles in our local communities.
Dan Jenkins and Anna Trevorrow are both running for seats on the Portland City Charter Commission, a group to be elected to evaluate and restructure government in that city.
Trevorrow’s main issues include:
1. Move from an appointed to an elected Mayor
2. Create greater neighborhood representation by examining districts and at-large vs. district seats
3. Attain greater accountability for City Hall officials
Ben Chipman is also running for a seat on the commission, focusing on small districts for city races to avoid the impact money can have on a race covering a large number of voters.