Last night New York Green Party gubernatorial candidate Howie Hawkins took part in a 7-way gubernatorial debate. The debate included Hawkins as well as Anti-Prohibition Party candidate Kristen Davis, Democrat Andrew Cuomo, Freedom Party candidate Charles Barron, Libertarian Warren Redlich, Rent is 2 Damn High Party candidate Jimmy McMillan, and Republican Carl Paladino. Hawkins made a strong case for progressive taxation, a Green New Deal, proportional representation, instant runoff voting, public campaign financing, a hydrofracking ban, and gay marriage. If Hawkins gets at least 50,000 votes, the Green Party will win a ballot line in New York for the next 4 years.
On Monday October 18th Hofstra University will host a debate for the New York gubernatorial race in which all 7 candidates, including Democrat Andrew Cuomo, Republican Carl Paladino, and Green Howie Hawkins as well as candidates from the Libertarian, Freedom, Anti-Prohibition, and Rent Is Too Damn High parties. In New York, any party whose candidate for governor receives at least 50,000 votes earns a ballot line for the following 4 years, which greatly eases ballot access requirements. From the New York Times: