The 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
More endorsements from the Chicago Green Party site: Continue Reading
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: