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Illinois Greens endorse local candidates for 2015

illinoisgreenpartyThe Illinois Green Party has issued its first round of endorsements for Spring 2015 local elections.

Here is a list of Green candidates from the ILGP website:

Alberto Bocanegra for Chicago City Council, 15th Ward
Rita Maniotis for Morton High School District 201 Board, Cook County
Matthew Walsh for Plainfield CSD 202 Board, Will County
Steve Alesch for Warrenville Park District, DuPage County (incumbent)
Nicholas Strauch for Palatine Park District, Cook County
David Black for Rock Valley College Board, Winnebago and Boone Counties
Scott Summers for McHenry County College Board, McHenry County

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Illinois Greens win in five local races

From the Green Party of Illinois:

p jessica bradshawWhile most of Tuesday’s elections were officially nonpartisan, Illinois Green Party members competed in elections across the state, with five candidates winning their races, based on unofficial results. If these wins hold, the ILGP’s number of officeholders statewide would grow to 10.

The big win of the night belongs to Green Party member Jessica Bradshaw, who appears to have been elected to Carbondale City Council in a hard-fought nonpartisan race. In the 12-candidate race for three city council seats, Bradshaw came in third and earned 677 697 votes, or 15.59%, with 100% of precincts reporting, according to unofficial returns.

“We knocked on over 4,000 doors in just a few months,” said Bradshaw. “It was hard work, but it showed that the way to win is by getting to know, and listening to, the people.” Continue Reading

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Staying Green and Playing for Real Change

Have you ever been approached by a Democrat urging you to “Join us…”?

Have you seen a Green candidate make a big impact on a local or state race, only to find them being recruited by the Democrats two years later?

Many of us work locally on non-partisan issues of peace, social justice, and environmental causes – bringing us into working relationships with left-leaning Democrats on occasion. Sometimes those Democrats, come election season, attempt to pilfer talented Greens to run as Democrats. Other times the “missionary work” seems more intent on weakening a strong local Green Party chapter by chopping down its roots.

Mark Berlin has an article at “In These Times” called “Greens Not Turning Blue”, that highlights Farheen Hakeem, Jesse Johnson, and Rita Maniotis. With Hakeem of Minneapolis, who took 33 percent of the vote in a 2006 for a seat on the Hennepin County Board against the incumbent Democrat, she said “No Way” to offers this year of a run as a Democrat:
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