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Green Party election update: ballot status in Arizona; record number of legislative candidates in Maine; statewide meetings in Connecticut and Michigan apportion delegates for Chicago convention

GREEN PARTY OF THE UNITED STATES
http://www.gp.org

For Immediate Release:
Thursday, May 1, 2008

Contacts:
Scott McLarty, Media Coordinator, 202-518-5624, cell 202-904-7614, mclarty@greens.org
Starlene Rankin, Media Coordinator, 916-995-3805, starlene@gp.org

WASHINGTON, DC -- Green Parties in states throughout the US are preparing for the party's National Nomination Convention ("Live Green, Vote Green"), to take place in Chicago, Illinois, July 10-13.

836 delegates will attend the convention to choose the Green Party's 2008 national nominees (http://www.gp.org/2008-elections/Delegation-Size.php). Green Party members are working hard to get 51 ballot lines (50 states and the District of Columbia) for the Green nominees on Election Day.

For 2008 Green Party campaign news, visit: http://www.gp.org/2008-elections/index.shtml

Here are some updates:

ARIZONA
(http://www.azgp.org)

The Arizona Green Party achieved ballot status in April after an aggressive effort. This is the third time that Arizona Greens won a place on the state's ballot, after 1992 and 2000.

Greens hope to receive at least 5% of the Arizona vote in the 2008 general election, which would give the party official recognition for the next election cycle. Arizona Greens can also maintain ballot status if at least 0.66 percent of voters register Green as of November 1, 2009.

"Arizona Greens have much to celebrate. This month [April 2008], we achieved ballot status for the third time in our history. And we will soon celebrate the 18 year anniversary of the Arizona Green Party -- the party was founded in May, 1990. We are in the process of recruiting candidates for state legislature and Congress. This is the moment that we have been waiting for!" said Angel Torres, co-chair of the Arizona Green Party.

More details: Arizona Republic article: http://www.azcentral.com/news/articles/2008/04/20/20080420greens0420.html


CONNECTICUT
(http://www.ctgreens.org/index.shtml)

Party members attending the Annual Convention of the Green Party of Connecticut on April 26 voted for presidential candidates and delegates to the Green National Convention. The statewide meeting was held at the Greater New Haven Central Labor Council in New Haven.

Cynthia McKinney received 33 votes, Kat Swift three votes, Jesse Johnson two votes, and Kent Mesplay two votes. Those vote will be divided among the delegates to the convention. Write-in votes included six for independent candidate and native son Ralph Nader, and one each for two others. Connecticut Greens will send 20 delegates to the national convention, to be apportionate according to the April 26 vote.

Speaking at the event were first-time congressional candidates Stephen Fournier, 1st Congressional District (http://www.fournierforcongress.org), Scott Deshefy, 2nd District (http://www.newmenu.org/deshefy4congress_ct); and Richard Duffee, 4th District (http://richardduffee.com). Harold Burbank, 5th District (http://www.newmenu.org/haroldburbank) did not attend the meeting.


MAINE
(http://www.mainegreens.org)

(Awaiting correction, please check later)


MICHIGAN
(http://www.migreens.org)

The Green Party of Michigan, at its statewide meeting on April 19 in Romulus, unanimously agreed on ten men and nine women to serve as delegates to the Green Party's 2008 presidential nominating convention in Chicago, July 10-13.

Elections co-ordinator John Anthony La Pietra announced the results of a statewide membership poll taken to bind the delegates' votes on the first ballot in Chicago. Former Georgia Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney received 64%, earning 13 delegates. Consumer advocate Ralph Nader (who announced an independent campaign in February) finished second with 17% of the vote and three delegates. Kent Mesplay of California and Kat Swift of Texas earned one delegate each; one vote in the delegation will go to the convention uncommitted.

The poll also invited party members to list their preferences beyond first choice. Mr. La Pietra reported detailed alternative results (counted using instant-runoff voting and approval voting) which delegates may use to help determine their votes after the first ballot in Chicago.


West Virginia & North Carolina

Statewide meetings were also held by the Mountain Party in West Virginia (http://www.mtparty.org) and the North Carolina Green Party (http://www.ncgreenparty.org). Reports from these meetings will be published soon.


MORE INFORMATION

Green Party of the United States
http://www.gp.org
202-319-7191, 866-41GREEN
Fax 202-319-7193

Video of Green presidential candidates
http://www.gp.org/2008-elections/presidential-videos.php

Links to Green Presidential Candidates' web sites
http://www.gp.org/committees/pcsc/index.shtml

Green candidate database for 2007 and other campaign information:
http://www.gp.org/elections.shtml

Green Party News Center
http://www.gp.org/newscenter.shtml

Green Party Speakers Bureau
http://www.gp.org/speakers

Green Party ballot access page
http://www.gp.org/2008-elections

2008 Green National Convention: Live Green, Vote Green
http://www.gp.org/2008-elections/index.shtml

Media credentialing
http://www.gp.org/committees/media/kit.shtml

Candidates for the Green Party's 2008 presidential nomination

Jesse Johnson, http://www.jesse08.org

Cynthia McKinney, http://www.runcynthiarun.org

Kent Mesplay, http://www.mesplay.org

Kat Swift, http://www.voteswift.org


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