10 Green victories out of 12 in California; Francisco Herrera places second in his run for Mayor of San Francisco
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UPDATE: Two more Greens won their races for local office on Nov. 3, both in Virginia. Giannina Franz was elected to the Soil and Water Conservation Board of Fredericksburg City. Ira Richards was elected to the Soil and Water Conservation Board of Warren County.
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The Green Party celebrated several local wins in the Tuesday's general election, with ten Green victories out of 12 in California and five out of 14 in Connecticut.
Francisco Herrera, in his run for Mayor of San Francisco (http://www.peoplescampaign.net), took second place with 31.1% in a ranked choice vote.
At least 100 Green candidates competed throughout the U.S. in the November 3, 2015 general election. For a list of results, see the party's 2015 election page (https://secure.gpus.org/secure/testdb/summary.php?filter_year=2015) and Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/groups/GreenPartyUSElections).
So far, at least 18 out of 93 Greens candidates are known to have won on Nov. 3 and 10 out 18 won in races earlier in 2015. (The Green Party is still awaiting news about some results.) 21 Green candidates received 20% or more in their races. Overall, at least 28 out of 112 Greens were elected throughout 2015, all to local offices.
The list of Connecticut victories includes Mirna Martinez's reelection to the New London Board of Education (http://www.nlgreens.org/mirna2015.html).
Among the victors in California is Marnie Glickman, a former co-chair of the Green Party of the United States, in her race for Dixie School Board in Marin County (http://www.marnieglickman.org). California Greens won five school board races and now have 26 on school boards in their state. (List of California Green election results: http://www.cagreens.org/elections/2015-fall)
In other school board races, Wendy Hageman Smith will be seated in Appromattox, Virginia, and Holly Seeliger was reelected in Portland, Maine. Both ran unopposed.
In city council races, Jay Sweeney was reelected to his seat as Fall Township Auditor in Pennsylvania with 98% of the vote.
Green incumbent Renee Goddard was reelected to the Fairfax (Marin County) Town Council in California. Ms. Goddard rejoins fellow Green John Reed on the five-member Council, where Greens have held at least two seats on the five-member Town Council since 2003, with a majority between 2009 and 2013.
Two Black Lives Matter activists ran strong Green campaigns in St. Paul, Minnesota, that drew national Green enthusiasm: Trahern King Ausar for City Council and Rashad Turner for School Board. Neither were elected, but Green Party leaders expressed hope that they will run again.
Howie Hawkins, whose run for governor in 2014 gave the Green Party ballot access in New York, placed second with 35% of the vote for City Auditor in Syracuse, in another race watched closely by Greens.
The Green Party supports legalization of marijuana but opposed an Ohio amendment that would have granted a small group of investors exclusive rights to grow plants for commercial use. The ballot measure failed. See "Ohio Green Party opposes 'Better for Ohio' and 'Responsible Ohio marijuana proposals" (May 29, 2015, http://gp.org/press/pr-state.php?ID=811) and "Ohio Green Party congratulates local activists for efforts regarding marijuana decriminalization" (July 27, 2015, http://www.gp.org/ohio_green_party_congratulates_local_activists).
Green Party leaders congratulated voters in Kent, Ohio, for passing Issue 43, which called for a constitutional amendment to end corporate personhood and abolish the legal definition of money as free speech, as well as establishment of an annual "Democracy Day" public hearing for residents to testify on the effect of big contributions from corporations and the wealthy on elections. Kent is the seventh Ohio community to have passed a citizen-driven ballot initiative of this kind. City Councils in ten other communities have passed resolutions calling for the same amendment.
Greens also thanked Seattle voters for passing I-122 ("Honest Elections Seattle") with a 60% majority. The initiative provides for publicly financed elections, bars businesses that do more than $250,000 in business per year with the city from contributing to local political campaigns, and bans contributions from corporations that put more than $5,000 per year into lobbying elected officials. It grants $100 in "Democracy Vouchers" for each Seattle voter, offsetting corporate influence on elections.
State and local Green Parties across the U.S. are preparing to run candidates in hundreds of races for public office in 2016, as well as choose a Green presidential nominee. (E.g., see "Green Party aims for full slate for county board in 2016," News Gazette (Champagne, Illinois), Nov. 5, http://www.news-gazette.com/news/local/2015-11-05/green-party-aims-full-slate-county-board-2016.html)
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