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Some information on Alan Page’s Green campaign for the April 26th DC special election

At the request of a commenter, here is a bit of information about what appears to be an energetic and exciting Green campaign in the nation’s capital.  The candidate is Alan Page, an attorney, single father, community activist, and journalist, among other things, who is running for an at-large seat on the District’s city council.  There are four at-large seats on the council, and they are staggered so that two are elected every two years.

In 2009, the Green Party ran David Schwartzman for an at-large seat.  He came in a distant third (out of six candidates, two of which were elected), so he was not elected, although his son recently was elected in an unrelated race in Illinois.  The winning candidates in 2009 received approximately 105,000 and 57,000 votes, respectively, while Schwartzman received nearly 13,000.

This year, there are 8 other candidates running – 6 Democrats, 1 Rebublican, and 1 independent.  At least from the information available online, Page seems to be running a strong campaign.  For instance, he was recently featured in the Washington Post:

Alan Page : One step forward, one step back

Mayor Gray’s proposed budget was one step forward toward a progressive, more sensible tax system in the District and one step backward toward increased inequality, because he is proposing to balance the budget on the backs of the poor.

During tough times, everyone must share the load, from residents to corporations operating in our city. I applaud Gray’s proposal to close the combined reporting corporate tax loophole that allows corporations earning income in the District to shift their profits to other jurisdictions when they report it. The absence of a combined reporting requirement will deprive our city of $23 million in corporate tax revenue in the upcoming fiscal year alone, according to estimates.

Page has also been featured on What’s Hot in Washington and public radio in Washington, among other places.

The candidate also has had a slew of events in the recent past, and has a comprehensive overview of his potential policies available in a listing of candidate questionnaires on his website.

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Maryland Green to face Democrat, Republican in special election

George Gluck of the Maryland Green Party now knows who he will face in a special election to replace Don Praisner on the Montgomery County Council after Praisner’s death following surgery for colon cancer. More details can be found in an article written by Ann E. Marimow at the Washington Post.

The election is scheduled for May 19th. Gluck’s campaign is focused on three issues: Economic Health – Stop the Inter-County Connector (ICC) and support sustainable investments, Environment – Caring for and preserving our world, and Education – Graduating the best-prepared students in the state.

A video of Gluck is available at Access Montgomery TV. Gluck’s Facebook page is here.