Green Candidates to Watch on Election Day 2014: Races for Governor, State Attorney General, City Councils
For Immediate Release:
Saturday, November 1, 2014
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Howie Hawkins, challenging Cuomo in NY for governor, and Gayle McLaughlin, former Mayor running for City Council of Richmond, Calif. lead the list in dramatic, closely watched races
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WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The Green Party of the United States has identified "Green Candidates to Watch" on Election Day 2014. These include Green candidates who are running aggressive, well publicized, and well organized campaigns across the U.S. In some cases, the candidates have a good chance of winning on November 4.
Below is a list of Green candidates who are running noteworthy campaigns for governor, state attorney general, and city council member. The list is a sample -- there are many more Green candidates who deserve attention.
In some cases, Green candidates face obstacles like exclusion from debates (see Andy Dawkins in the list). California Greens are leading the effort to overturn their state's top-two election system, which has narrowed voters' choices on Election Day (http://www.cagreens.org/action/stop-top-two). Oregon Greens strongly oppose a referendum for top-two elections in their own state.
"Barring Green and other alternative-party candidates from debates violates the right of voters to learn about which candidates represent their needs and ideals. Plus here in California, Top Two not only ensures one-party races, it also bans write-in votes in the November elections," said Jesse Townley, incumbent Rent Board Commissioner running for re-election in Berkeley, California (http://jesse4rentboard.org).
An upcoming press release will cover Green candidates to watch for Congress and state legislatures.
Candidates to Watch: GOVERNOR
Howie Hawkins for Governor and Brian Jones for Lt. Governor of New York (http://www.howiehawkins.org) are likely to win more votes than any alternative-party gubernatorial candidates in history, with possible double-digit percentages that will expand the Green Party and deny incumbent Gov. Andrew Cuomo a landslide victory. Mr. Hawkins and Mr. Jones have received unprecedented news coverage and endorsements from unions and Democratic clubs (http://www.howiehawkins.org/endorsements).
-- Interview on Democracy Now!: http://www.democracynow.org/2014/10/31/gubernatorial_candidate_howie_hawkins_calls_for
-- Howie Hawkins - Making History with the Green Party New York (video): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nNvu6_xbXUY
-- Brian Jones on education (video): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o599CscFRw4
-- "Kick Cuomo and Astorino to the Curb!" (video): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=La3X9xcXP2o
-- Campaign ad: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cPKKvKHLMDA
-- Support from Ralph Nader (video): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nNvu6_xbXUY
-- Hawkins vs. Cuomo and fracking (video): https://www.facebook.com/video.php?v=876173382407892
-- Endorsement from education journalist Diane Ravitch: http://dianeravitch.net/2014/09/26/my-choice-for-governor-and-lt-governor-of-new-york-howie-hawkins-and-brian-jones/
-- "Nervous, Cuomo? Green Party’s Howie Hawkins Draws 6 Teachers Union Endorsements" (In These Times): http://inthesetimes.com/working/entry/17280/cuomo_nervous_green_party_howie_hawkins_teachers_union_endorsements
Anita Rios, running for Governor of Ohio (http://www.riosforgovernor.com), made a strong impression in an Oct. 22 gubernatorial debate. Her running mate for Lt. Governor is Bob Fitrakis.
-- Audio interview: http://www.ideastream.org/soi/entry/65469
-- Articles: http://www.greenpartywatch.org/2014/09/29/anita-rios-offers-green-alternative-in-ohio-governor-race/ (originally published in the Toledo Blade); Cincinnati Enquirer: http://www.cincinnati.com/story/news/politics/elections/2014/10/20/like-kasich-fitzgerald-option/17610769/
Candidates to Watch: STATE ATTORNEY GENERAL
Andy Dawkins, candidate for Attorney General of Minnesota (http://www.dawkinsforag.com), has 35 years legal experience under his belt and served 15 years in the Minnesota legislature. Greens and other Dawkins supporters are urging KSTP-TV not to lock Mr. Dawkins out of the sole televised candidates' debate on Nov. 1 (see http://www.greenpartywatch.org/2014/10/29/jill-stein-dont-let-koch-ally-lock-mn-green-candidate-out-of-attorney-general-debate/).
-- Video interview: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nNvu6_xbXUY
-- Article: http://minnesota.cbslocal.com/2014/06/03/ex-lawmaker-runs-for-ag-as-green-party-candidate/
Candidates to Watch: CITY COUNCIL MEMBER
Gayle McLaughlin is running for City Council after serving for eight years as Mayor of Richmond, California (the largest city with a Green mayor); term limits bar her from running for mayor again (http://www.mayorgayle.net). Ms. McLaughlin is facing a ferocious effort by Chevron to block her election and instead seat its own preferred candidates. As mayor, she led the city's efforts to defy banks and block foreclosure evictions, challenge Chevron on tax perks, and hold Chevron accountable for pollution and a 2012 refinery fire (see this interview on Democracy Now!, Oct. 31: http://www.democracynow.org/2014/10/31/how_to_buy_a_city_chevron).
Eugene Puryear is the D.C. Statehood Green Party's nominee for At-Large member of D.C. City Council in a race to fill two seats (http://www.EugenePuryear.com).
-- Interview (video from RT.com): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ETmspMG9Fno
-- Interview on the $15 livable wage (4th video clip on the page): http://www.wjla.com/blogs/news-talk/2014/08/va-same-sex-marriage-james-brady-s-death-ruled-homicide-candidate-proposes-15-minimum-wage-22723.html
-- Meet the candidate: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/mike-debonis/wp/2014/10/22/meet-an-at-large-d-c-council-candidate-eugene-puryear/
Mike Feinstein, running for Santa Monica City Council in California (http://www.feinstein.org), served on the Council for two terms between 1996 and 2004 and as mayor from 2000-2002.
-- Profile and Q&A: http://smdp.com/council-candidate-michael-feinstein/142968
-- Videos: http://www.feinstein.org/video_city_tv and http://www.feinstein.org/video
The Green Party of the United States extends its sympathy and condolences to the family of Norris Dryer and to the Green Party of Tennessee. Mr. Dryer, who passed away on Thursday, was a Green candidate for the U.S. House in Tennessee (2nd District) and an accomplished violinist (http://www.knoxnews.com/news/local-news/green-party-candidate-knoxville-violinist-norris-dryer-dead-at-71_64615552).
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