In Arlington, Virginia, the Sun-Gazette reports that the Green Party is planning a November 2nd meeting to discuss get-out-the-vote strategy for Audrey Clement, who is running against 2 Democratic incumbents for Arlington County Board.
In Tucson, Arizona, the Daily Star reports that Tucson City Council candidate Beryl Baker is making a controversial local development project a major campaign issue.
And in New York City, Green Party member Steve Syrek talked to the New York Daily News about the Occupy Wall Street movement and his role at the Occupy Wall Street library.
Arizona Green Party candidate for Tucson Mayor Mary DeCamp has been on Arizona public television twice in recent weeks, for a personal interview as well as a three-way debate. In the interview, DeCamp discusses her candidacy as well as her impending home foreclosure. From the Tucson Citizen:
On Tuesday October 4 DeCamp announced at a press conference at City Hall that her 2 bedroom/1 bath home in Tucson is being foreclosed, & she faces eviction on November 10, 2 days after the General Election. Her home has been sold by the bank in a foreclosure sale to a foreign company. Apparently Mary purchased the home in 2007 but experienced a costly bicycling accident in 2009, and then her employment at the U of A was scaled back due to the economy, causing her to miss mortgage payments.
Watch the interview with Mary DeCamp and Tucson mayoral debate at Arizona Public Media.
In 2009, Green candidates won 35% of municipal elections that they entered. Given this figure, it’s not hard to see that with more Greens running in more local elections around the country, the Green Party could become America’s third major party in the course of a few election cycles. Here’s a shout-out to cities where Greens are leading the way by running more than one candidate in 2011 elections, roughly arranged by population. Will your town be next?
Cheri Honkala, Philadelphia Sheriff
Brian Rudnick, Philadelphia City Council District 8
Bill Barry, Baltimore City Council District 3
Douglas Armstrong, Baltimore City Council District 14
Mary DeCamp, Tucson Mayor Continue Reading
San Francisco Green Party activist Jack Wagner has written a post at The Free Independent-Sun entitled “How the Green Party Can Win the Tucson Mayor Race and Prepare for 2012″. The post has a number of do-it-yourself ideas for how Greens can energize and expand the Green Party. Many of the ideas helped Ron Paul supporters to build a highly visible grassroots movement in 2008, including meetups, money bombs, and community blogs:
I’d suggest that the Greens in Tuscon start up a meet-up group, on meetup.com, and see who shows up. Even if it is 4 or 5 people, at least you know who your grassroots leaders are. Continue Reading
The Republican candidate for mayor of Tucson, Arizona has dropped out of the race due to a signature challenge on his nominating petitions. This is of interest to third partisans for two reasons. First, it is rare that a major party is pushed off the ballot due to signature challenges (meaning that he didn’t collect enough valid signatures on his nominating petitions in order to meet the legal requirement). It’s more common to see major party primary challengers and minor party or independent candidates pushed off the ballot in this way.
Second, this means that in the general election there will only be a Democrat and a Green. That Green will either be Mary DeCamp, a City Council candidate in the past, or Dave Croteau, a past mayoral candidate. There will be a primary to determine who will be on the ballot for the general election. Another candidate who was running for the Green nomination dropped out of the race in order to support and work on sustainability issues with the now-former Republican candidate.
EDIT: Apparently, according to Jeremy Young and Richard Winger in the comments at IPR, as well as the blog Jeremy Young recommended, the Republicans can still nominate a candidate by write-in through their primary. Also, in addition to the candidates mentioned, an independent was also thrown off the ballot.
Mary DeCamp, who is running for Tucson City Council in Ward 3, is Arizona’s only Green candidate in the 2009 elections. Arizona is a state with pressing sustainability issues, especially regarding water. It also has great potential for developing solar energy and other renewables. Arizona Greens won ballot status last year through a mighty petitioning effort – please help them to grow by supporting candidates like Mary DeCamp with a small donation.
Mary DeCamp defines her core issues as “growth (too much), water (too little), improving neighborhood quality and cohesiveness, the need for a vibrant local economy, coupled with too few living wage jobs, and transportation issues.” DeCamp hopes to “relocalize” Tucson, a city in the Sonoran Desert whose development was based on cheap fuel and abundant water. To accomplish this, she supports improved public transit, development of bike and pedestrian corridors, and prioritizing livability for current residents over profit for developers. Like many other Green candidates, Mary DeCamp supports adjusting public policy to encourage locally-owned small businesses instead of big corporate chains, and creating incentives for sustainable and worker-friendly practices.
Since city council members are chosen citywide in Tucson, all Tucson residents will be able to vote for Mary DeCamp on Nov. 3rd. Even if you’re not in Tucson, you can help the Green movement to grow in Arizona by making a donation to Mary DeCamp’s campaign.