[Marxism] Green Party successes....

Mark Lause MLause at cinci.rr.com
Wed Nov 9 18:58:22 MST 2005

Greens Celebrate Election Victories
Green Party of the United States
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ballot initiative that would have repealed the state's new law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
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 (2481-2340). 
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
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 (incumbent)

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),

Derf Maitland, Auditor, Union Township (Adams), Pennsylvania

In an election held on November 1: Charlie Green, School Board (District
E), Fremont RE-3, Colorado

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