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Virginia Green announces State Rep campaign

Jeff Staples, a mechanic from Chesapeake, has announced a Green campaign for Virginia House of Delegates District 81.

From HamptonRoads.com:

A Green Party candidate from Chesapeake announced he’ll challenge Del. Barry Knight, R-Virginia Beach, in the 81st House District. Knight won without a challenger in 2013.

Candidate Jeff Staples wrote Thursday on his Facebook page: “Tired of not having choices, I have stepped forward to offer an alternative. I want to offer a voice for the working folks of this district.” Continue Reading

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2013 Green Party election results

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.

 

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Stein Wins Green Party of Virginia Primary

The Green Party of Virginia met last weekend, and the Jill Stein campaign reports today that Stein won 69.4% of the vote, for 3.5 of Virginia’s 5 Delegates to the Presidential Nominating Convention in July.

Jill Stein has won a strong majority of the vote in every Green Party primary to date. Of the six states that has determined presidential delegates to date, Stein has won 53.5 Delegates of 68 allocated, 78%. The other 14.5 delegates have been allocated to Roseanne Barr, Kent Mesplay, & Harley Mikkelson, in that order.

From the Stein Campaign:


Dr. Jill Stein is now eight-for-eight states in the Green Party presidential primaries. Stein said she was “overjoyed to hear this news” that she had won 69.4% of the vote in a five-way online and mail primary. Dr. Stein, together with her campaign team, addressed the Green Party of Virginia’s state convention this past Saturday. She has visited Virginia twice so far this year.

The Green Party of Virginia’s results were as follows:

Jill Stein 69.4%
Roseanne Barr 12.3%
Kent Mesplay 5.2%
Harley Mikkelson 4.5%
NOTA 4.4%
Other 4.2%

The Green Party of Viriginia awarded its five delegates as follows:

Jill Stein: 3.5
Roseanne Barr: 0.5
Kent Mesplay: 0.5
Harley Mikkelson: 0.5

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Jill Stein for President launches new website

Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein has rolled out a new website, complete with interactive organizing tools, videos, eye-catching graphics, ballot access and fundraising maps, and much more. Check it out at JillStein.org.

In upcoming events, Dr. Stein will be on the Thom Hartmann show tonight (2/23) at 9 PM EST, at the University of Virginia on Friday, and on the Daisy Deadhead Show in South Carolina on Saturday. Check out the events calendar on JillStein.org for more info.

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Jill Stein Campaigns This Week in Virginia, Delaware, Maryland, DC

Dr. Jill Stein, a Green Party Candidate for President in 2012, makes her first campaign swing to the Mid-Atlantic region this week with visits to Occupy Wall Street protests in three cities, and fundraisers in three states plus the District of Columbia.

A full listing of events is located here: http://www.jillstein.org/events

A summary of Dr. Stein’s published schedule is as follows:

WEDNESDAY: Arlington, VA Reception for Jill Stein

Wednesday, January 18, 2012 at 07:30 PM
1812 N. Huntington Street, Arlington, VA 22205 in Arlington, VA

THURSDAY: Occupy Delaware – Dover

Thursday, January 19, 2012 at 01:30 PM
Legislative Mall in Dover, DE

THURSDAY: Occupy Delaware – Wilmington

Thursday, January 19, 2012 at 03:00 PM
Spencer Plaza in Wilmington, DE

THURSDAY: Baltimore, MD Reception for Jill Stein

Thursday, January 19, 2012 at 07:00 PM
2813 Maisel Street, Baltimore, MD 21230 in Baltimore, MD

FRIDAY: Occupy the Courts

Friday, January 20, 2012 at 12:00 PM
U.S. Supreme Court (meet at Area 9) in Washington, DC
Occupy the Courts will be a one day occupation of Federal courthouses across the country, including the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington, D.C., on Friday January 20, 2012. Please join Dr. Jill Stein, and her campaign manager, Ben Manski, as well as 2004 Green Party presidential nominee David Cobb and former Green Party Senate candidate Media Benjamin at the Occupy the Courts rally in our nation’s capital.

FRIDAY: D.C. Reception for Jill Stein

Friday, January 20, 2012 at 07:00 PM
La Orilla ~ The Home of Dave and Olivia Bosserman in Washington, DC
Meet and greet Jill Stein, Green Party presidential candidate, in her first campaign visit to the nation’s capital. This “Green Soup Party,” a La Orilla tradition, will be a great opportunity to connect with this year’s most exciting and important election campaign.

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Audrey Clement Running in Special Election in Virginia

Audrey Clement is a co-chair of the Green Party (US) Steering Committee and a tireless petitioner – she has traveled around the country gathering signatures to get the Green Party on the ballot in states such as Arkansas, Virginia, and Maryland among others. She herself ran for County Board in Arliington, Virginia last fall. Now she is running in a special election to fill a vacancy on the County Board. From the Sun-Gazette:

Audrey Clement has made it official, formalizing a bid to run under the Green Party banner in the March 27 County Board special election.

Clement was busy collecting petition signatures at the Jan. 2 County Board organizational meeting. Virginia does not recognize the Green Party as an official political party for ballot purposes, so those running for office as a Green must submit paperwork as an independent to get onto the ballot.

Clement made her first bid for elected office in the November 2011 general election, trailing Democrats Walter Tejada and Mary Hynes.

“Arlington is a great place to live. But the Arlington County Board is out of touch with voters on key issues like development, escalating rents, high taxes and expensive projects that county residents don’t want or need,” Clement says in campaign literature. “The result: a bloated budget, deteriorating public services and lack of citizen input on decisions that affect us all.”

The March 27 special election was called to pick a successor to Barbara Favola, who was elected to the state Senate. Democrats will choose their nominee in a party caucus later in the month. Republicans continue to search for a candidate.

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2011 Green Party Election Wrap-Up by the Numbers – Brent McMillan

2011 Green Party Election Wrap-up by the numbers

by Brent McMillan

104 green party candidates ran for election in 2011. By comparison 150 green party candidates ran for election in 2007, 277 green party candidates ran for election in 2003 and 96 green party candidates ran for election in 1999 (the year prior to the presidential election).

More than half of the offices that greens ran for in 2011 were partisan, by my count, 54.

22 greens were elected to office in 2011, 21% of those who ran.

Eleven of the 22, half, were incumbents seeking re-election. Two of these were partisan:

In the spring, Jason West made a come back and was elected to Mayor of New Paltz, NY.

In the fall election, Leif Smith was re-elected to Constable in Redding, CT.

Of note, there was a successful write-in campaign in Virginia. Ira Richards was elected to Lord Fairfax District Soil and Water Conservation Board. He was one of 2 candidates that ran for two seats receiving 135 votes or 3%. (There may have been another successful write-in campaign in VA but have not been able to confirm.)

Officeholder summary for 2011:

California:

Larry Bragman was re-elected to Fairfax Town Council (Fall Election.)

Matthew Clark was re-elected to Granada Sanitary District (Fall Election.)

William Hayes was elected to Mendocino Coast Park and Recreation District (Fall Election.)

Kathryn Marando did not seek re-election to the Tomales Community Services District.

Ryan O’Neil was elected to Fairfax Town Council (Fall Election.)

Vahe Peroomian was re-elected to Glendale Community College District (Spring Election.)

Richard Sloan left the Green Party.

Lew Tremaine did not seek re-election to Fairfax Town Council.

Colorado:

Pete Gleichman did not seek re-election to Mayor of Ward.

Tanya Ishikawa was elected in a come back to Federal Heights City Council Ward 1 (Fall Election.)

Connecticut:

Daphne Dixon lost her re-election to Fairfield Zoning Board (Fall Election.)

Hector Lopez lost his re-election to Constable in New Canaan (Fall Election.)

Leif Smith was re-elected to Constable in Redding (Fall Election.)

Ronna Suller lost her re-election to New London Board of Eduction (Fall Election.)

Illinois:

Steve Alesch was elected to Warrenville Park District Commissioner (Spring Election.)

Don Crawford was elected to St. Elmo Library Board (Spring Election.)

Michael Drennen was elected to Ridgeville Park Board (Spring Election.)

Peter Schwartzman was elected to Galesburg City Council Ward 5 (Spring Election.)

Toni Williams was elected to Thornton Township District 205 High School Board (Spring Election.)

Maryland:

Christine Nagel was re-elected to College Park City Council District 1 (Fall Election.)

New Jersey:

Gary Novosielski was re-elected to Rutherford School Board (Spring Election.)

New York:

Jason West was elected to Mayor of New Paltz (Spring Election.)

Oklahoma:

Ed Shadid was elected to Oklahoma City Council (Spring Election.)

Pennsylvania:

Sam Ettaro left the Green Party.

Leif Winter did not seek re-election to Franklin Township Auditor, Susquehanna County.

Virginia:

Kathleen Harrigan did not seek re-election to Tri County/City (Fredericksburg) Soil and Water Conservation District Board.

Daniel Metraux did not seek re-election to Headwaters (Staunton) Soil and Water Conservation District Board.

Ira Richards was elected to Lord Fairfax District Soil and Water Conservation Board (Fall Election.)

Chris Simmons was re-elected to Loudoun Soil and Water Conservation District Board (Fall Election.)

Wisconsin:

JoEllen Gramling did not seek re-election to Schleswig Town Clerk.

Tony Palmeri did not seek re-election to Oshkosh Common Council. (Instead he sought election to Mayor of Oshkosh but was not successful.)

Bob Poeschl was re-elected to Oshkosh Common Council At-Large (Spring Election)

Marsha Rummel was re-elected to Madison Common Council District 6 (Spring Election.)

The Green Party starts 2012 with 125 elected officeholders, 21 of which are partisan offices.

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Campaign news and more endorsements for Green Party candidates running in the Nov. 8, 2011 general election

From the Green Party of the United States:

WASHINGTON, DC — Green Party candidates have continued to receive endorsements in local races across the US.

59 Greens will be on ballots in the November 8, 2011 general election. Ten Greens have been elected to public office in elections held earlier this year, out of 34 candidates who competed.

Green candidates in St. Paul, Minnesota, received several endorsements. For the first time, St. Paul will use Ranked Choice Voting (also called Instant Runofff Voting) in City Council elections, which will increase the chances of a Green election victory.

TakeAction Minnesota, a progressive grassroots coalition, has endorsed Jim Ivey for Ward 2 (http://iveyforsaintpaul.org) and Bee Kevin Xiong (http://xiongforsaintpaul.org) for Ward 6 in City Council races.
http://www.takeactionminnesota.org/_assets/document/St._Paul_City_Council_Endorsements.pdf
http://iveyforsaintpaul.org/news/jim-ivey-endorsed-takeaction-mn

United Food and Commercial Workers Local 1189 has also endorsed Mr. Ivey and Mr. Xiong.
http://www.ufcw789.org/newsletter/vol2issue5.pdf
http://iveyforsaintpaul.org/news/united-food-and-commercial-workers-endorse-jim Continue Reading

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Green Party news from Arlington, Tucson, and New York

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.

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Arlington Green Clement joins in County Board candidate forum

Green Party candidate Audrey Clement took part in a recent candidate forum for county board candidates in Arlington, Virginia. The Arlington Sun-Gazette reported on the forum:

“The County Board is in bed with developers,” Clement charged at the forum, using a line of attack that has been familiar fodder for the Green Party during recent runs at the local level. Although County Board members tout their commitment to environmental sustainability when it comes to development, “the only thing green about it is the dollars in developers’ pockets,” Clement said. “I pledge to make developers pay their fair share.” Continue Reading