[Marxism] Fw: Greens win at least 19 races in Nov. 2005 elections

Steffie Brooks steffie.brooks at gmail.com
Wed Nov 9 15:48:35 MST 2005

I am guessing this is the David Cobb, not the Camejo wing of the Green
Party that is organizing these campaigns. Does anyone know more on
this? The Green Party seem to be gaining steady ground in local races,
according to this release. I have no idea what they do when in office
but will do some research on this and report back.

I heard recently that Peter Camejo and Donna Warren are going to run
again for Gov. and Lt. Gov. of California and that at least one ISO
member will be running with them for local CA office.

Anyone else on this list paying attention to this? I would like to
hear your take.

Steffie Brooks


For Immediate Release:
Wednesday, November 9, 2005
Scott McLarty, Media Coordinator, 202-518-5624, mclarty at greens.org
Starlene Rankin, Media Coordinator, 916-995-3805, starlene at greens.org
Brent McMillan, Political Director, 202-319-7191, brent at gp.org


WASHINGTON, D.C. -- According to early election returns, Greens have won at
least 19 races in November 2005, bringing the number of Greens elected
in 2005 to 34.

Out of eight races in which Green incumbents ran, six won.  Four out of five
candidates running in California were elected; 66 Greens now hold elected
office in this state.  Pennsylvania reported the most Green victories
(eight) on November 8, with York County counting the most county victories
(four) within the state.  At least 115 Green candidates competed for office
across the U.S. on November 8.

The election of Cam Gordon to the Minneapolis City Council and reelection of
Annie Young to the Recreation and Parks Board in Minnesota took the sting
off the defeat of incumbent Minneapolis Council members Natalie Johnson Lee
and Dean Zimmerman, who were victims of a redistricting plan enacted by
Democrats for the purpose of removing Greens from public office.  There
remains the possibility of a recount in Mr. Zimmerman's race, since he lost
by only 48 votes.

"In Minneapolis, Democrats did exactly what they complain about Republicans
doing in states like Texas -- they redrew district lines as a strategem
against rival party candidates," said Marc Sanson, co-chair of the Green
Party of the United States.  "Democrats failed when they did this to unseat
Maine legislator John Eder in 2004.  Whether Republicans or Democrats do it,
it's a dirty trick."

"We congratulate all our candidates for running, for carrying the Green
Party's message, and for moving us closer to ultimate wins all around the
U.S.," said Rebecca Rotzler, co-chair of the national party and elected
Deputy Mayor of New Paltz, New York.  "We look forward to many more great
races and new victories in the 2006 midterm election."
Greens also congratulated and thanked Maine voters for defeating a ballot
initiative that would have repealed the state's new law protecting lesbian,
gay, bisexual and transgender people from discrimination.  They also thanked
voters in Takoma, Maryland, for passing a measure to use instant runoff
voting in local elections (1192 votes for, 390 against), in an election that
used hand-counted paper ballots, thus employing two election reforms
promoted by the Green Party.

For more details about Green candidates, visit the following sites:
2005 Green Campaign Highlights http://www.gp.org/2005elections
Green Elections Database http://www.greens.org/elections

Prominent Green victories:

Cam Gordon, City Council (Ward 2), Minneapolis, Minnesota: After losing by
108 votes for the same seat in 2001, Mr. Gordon won this year by 141 votes

Annie Young, Parks and Recreation Board (At Large), Minneapolis: Ms. Young
was re-elected to her fourth term, her third as a Green.
Chuck Turner, City Council, Boston, Massachusetts: Mr. Turner ran unopposed
and won with 98.81% of the vote, retaining a Green City Council seat in one
of America's largest cities.

James Brooks, City Commission, Brunswick (South Ward), Glynn County,
Georgia: Mr. Brooks became Georgia's first Green officeholder, finishing
first in a two-way race with 58.9% of the vote.

Susan Hopkins, School Committee (At-Large), Portand, Maine: Ms. Hopkins
finished first among three candidates and becomes the fourth Green on the
nine member Committee, joining Ben Meiklejohn, Stephen Spring and Jason
Toothaker.  Portland also boasts the only U.S. Green current state
legislator, John Eder, who was elected in 2002 and 2004, and Erek
Gaines, Portland Water District, amounting to six Greens holding
elected office.

Hilary Bradbury-Huang, Board of Trustees, Pasadena City College, California.
Ms. Bradbury-Huang finished 1st with 51.1% in a two way race against a
well-funded, long-term (28 years) Republican incumbent, winning by 232 votes
(5299-5067).  Ms. Bradbury Huang's campaign manager Sharon Gilpin,
previously managed the victories in the City Council campaigns of Santa
Monica Greens Mike Feinstein and Kevin McKeown.

Other Green wins:

Jim Harvey, Sanitary District Board, Montara Water and Sanitary District,
San Mateo, California (incumbent)
Paul Perkovic, Water and Sanitary District Board, Montara Water and Sanitary
District, San Mateo, California (incumbent)
Nicole Vigeant, Community Service Area, Tomales Village, Marin, California
Hector Lopez, Constable, New Canaan, Fairfield County, Connecticut
Mary Jo Long, Afton Town Council, Chenango County, New York
Mathew Ash, Mayor, Boswell, Pennsylvania
Michael Morrill, Borough Council, West Reading (Berks), Pennsylvania
Marty Qually, Borough Council (Ward 1), Adams, Pennsylvania
Steve Baker, Inspector of Elections, Springettsbury Township (York),
Shawnya Calp, Inspector of Elections, Penn Township (York), Pennsylvania
Mike Mangles, Inspector of Elections, York City (York), Pennsylvania
Brenda Jo Samryk, Inspector of Elections, York Township (York), Pennsylvania
Derf Maitland, Auditor, Union Township (Adams), Pennsylvania
In an election held on November 1: Charlie Green, School Board (District E),
Fremont RE-3, Colorado

Green Party of the United States
1700 Connecticut Avenue NW, Suite 404
Washington, DC 20009.
202-319-7191, 866-41GREEN
Fax 202-319-7193

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