Citizen advocate Ralph Nader will be in Albany and Glens Falls on Sunday, September 14th to campaign for New York Green Party candidates Howie Hawkins (Governor), Matt Funiciello (US House of Representatives District 21), and Theresa Portelli (Comptroller).
Hawkins, Jones, Jimenez Call for a Green New Deal on Labor Day
$15 Minimum Wage, A Guaranteed Job, Health Care for All, Organizing Rights
Howie Hawkins, the Green Party candidate for Governor, said that as Governor he would unilaterally raise the state minimum wage to $15 an hour. “The raise will inject billions of dollars into the purchasing power of the state’s working class. That would be far more effective in stimulating the state’s economy than Governor Cuomo squandering public money on tax breaks for big business and the rich,” Hawkins said.
Hawkins also said that the state should guarantee every New Yorker a living wage job. He would create a public works program, as well as investing in transitioning the state’s energy system to 100% clean renewable energy by 2030. A peer-reviewed study in the journal Energy Policy projects that such an energy program would create 4.5 million jobs. Jobs and training would be guaranteed to existing current workers in the fossil fuel and nuclear industries.
“If the private sector can’t provide a decent job to everyone who needs one, the public sector will. Rather than an unemployment office, we will have an employment office that provides jobs,” added Hawkins. Continue Reading
Minneapolis, MN – Green Cam Gordon is reelected to the City Council, representing Ward 2.
Green-endorsed candidate Ty Moore received 1565 of 4310 votes, or 36.3%, in second place behind Democrat-Farmer-Labor candidate Alondra Cano, who has 39.4% of first-round votes (and who was endorsed by former Green vice presidential candidate Winona LaDuke). There were four other candidates in the race (see full results). Since Minneapolis uses instant-runoff voting, election administrators will begin round-by-round counting on 11/6, and continue until one candidate has at least 50% plus one.
Syracuse, NY – In unofficial results, Kevin Bott is at 2,305 votes for Mayor, or 15%, slightly behind Conservative Ian Hunter. Democrat Stephanie Miner wins the race.
Howie Hawkins is at 995 votes, or 40%, for District 4 City Councillor, behind Democrat Khalid Bey. As when Hawkins ran for the same seat in 2011, the Working Families Party invested resources in his opponent in the final days of the campaign. “Every Green vote was a conscious vote”, wrote Hawkins in his reflections on the campaign.
New York City, NY – Anthony Gronowicz received 4,741 votes, or 0.5%, for Mayor.
Julia Willebrand received 19,544 votes, or 2%, for Comptroller.
James Lane received 16,088 votes, or 1.7%, for Public Advocate.
Carl Lundgren received 1,358 votes, or 1.1%, for Bronx Borough President.
Henry Bardel received 476 votes, or 0.7%, for Staten Island Borough President.
UPDATE: With 100% reporting, Lynne Serpe has 2,412 votes, or 15% for New York City Council District 22, behind Democrat Constantinides who has 67%. Serpe finished ahead of the Republican candidate, who took 11.2%.
Other City Council races:
District 2: Miles Budde received 1,359 votes for 6.8%.
District 6: Tom Siracuse received 690 votes for 1.9%.
District 7: Christina Gonzalez received 1,581 votes for 8%.
District 11: John Reynolds received 481 votes for 2.6%.
District 12: Trevor Archer received 243 votes for 1.3%.
District 18: Walter Nestler received 302 votes for 1.9%.
District 20: Evergreen Chou received 373 votes for 3.4%.
District 43: Patrick Dwyer received 342 votes for 1.7%.
Cleveland, OH – Cleveland City Councilman Brian Cummins, a Green, defeated challenger Brian Kazy 917-892 to win reelection to his Ward 14 seat. Cummins’ challenger was endorsed by Cleveland’s mayor, who had pushed a trash-to-energy plant that Cummins opposed.
Bangor, ME – Josh Plourde, a 22 year-old Green, was the top vote-getter for 3 spots on the Bangor City Council.
Portland, ME – Anna Trevorrow was the top vote-getter for 2 seats on Portland’s School Board.
Portland voters also passed a ballot question legalizing recreational marijuana for adults, with about 70% voting in favor. Portland’s Green Party was a strong supporter of the initiative.
California – Sixteen California Greens were elected to local government on November 5th, bringing to 18 elected overall in 2013, an all-time high for the party in an odd-numbered year – and bringing to 54 the number of California Greens currently holding public office statewide. Full story at gp.org.
Marnie Glickman, who ran in a competitive race for Las Gallinas Valley Sanitary District Board, appears to have come just short of winning a seat. Glickman took 21% of the vote, compared to 23.7% for the candidate who took the third of three seats.
Arlington, VA – Audrey Clement earned 31% of the vote for Arlington County Board, finishing behind incumbent Democrat Jay Fisette.
Seattle, WA – Kshama Sawant, a Socialist Alternative candidate for Seattle City Council District 2 endorsed by the Seattle Green Party and 2012 Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein, is at 46.7% of the vote to 53% for incumbent Richard Conlin with slightly less than half of ballots now counted. A victory for Sawant is still plausible in this tight race.
New London, CT – Mirna Martinez was elected to the New London Board of Education, the sole non-Democrat on the 7-member board.
Pennsylvania – The Green Party of Pennsylvania reports the following election victories:
Neil B. Haagen III was elected to Snow Shoe Boro Town Council.
Tausif Khan was elected Judge of Elections in Falls Township.
Eric Hamell was elected Inspector of Elections in Philadelphia.
Albany, NY – Theresa Portelli received 665 votes, or 4.5%, for Mayor.
Peter LaVenia received 55 votes, or 12.6%, for City Council Ward 11, finishing second ahead of the Republican, Independence Party, and Working Families Party candidates in the race.
Rochester, NY – Alex White received 1,690 votes, or 5.16%, for Mayor.
Emily Good received 12,952 votes, or 11.97%, for Monroe County Sheriff.
Three Greens running for 5 open seats on Rochester City Council fell short, with all five seats going to Democrats. Dorothy Paige received 3,426 votes for 3.05%, David Atias received 2,997 votes for 2.67%, and Drew Langdon received 2,814 votes for 2.5%.
In the race for School Commissioner, Lori Thomas finished 6th of 8 candidates for 3 seats with 2,775 votes for 3.89%.
Fall River, MA – Green-Rainbow Party candidate for Mayor Joe Carvalho came short of unseating incumbent Mayor Will Flanagan. Carvalho received 3,792 votes, or 31.4%, in Massachusetts’ tenth-largest city.
Holyoke, MA – Rick Purcell fell short of winning an at-large seat on Holyoke City Council, receiving 1,717 votes for 4%.
Pittsfield, MA – Mark Miller fell short of winning one of four at-large seats on Pittsfield City Council, receiving 2,378 votes, as compared to 3,459 for one incumbent who won reelection.
Cambridge, MA – In Cambridge’s at-large city council election, which uses a form of proportional representation, Elie Yarden finished 19th of 25 candidates for 9 seats.
From the Albany Times Union:
Laying out her economic plan for the city Monday morning, Green Party mayoral candidate Theresa Portelli said she wants Albany to replace property tax with a land value tax to battle blight and create jobs, adding that she feels much-discussed plans for a downtown convention center and aquarium are not practical or sustainable.
“I’d rather invest and raise awareness of Albany as the sixth oldest city in the U.S.,” Portelli said outside the new Honest Weight Food Co-Op on Watervliet Avenue. “I think it’s really a tourist draw.”
Portelli chose to speak in front of the co-op because, she said, Albany needs more successful member-owned businesses that mirror Honest Weight.
She said that instead of standard property tax she’d like to see a land-use tax. Such a plan would disregard value of buildings and property and take into account the value of the land itself. Portelli said this would help force owners who sit on abandoned or vacant properties to give up or develop those assets. Portelli said she would like to see jobs created by hiring people to renovate those buildings into sustainable housing. Continue Reading