Green Party of Yavapai County (GPYC) holds first organizational meeting!
On Saturday, July 22, 2017, the Green Party of Yavapai County (GPYC) held its Summer 2017 Organizing Meeting at the Prescott Public Library (Founders Suite meeting room) in Prescott, Arizona. Twelve Greens and supporters attended, and the meeting was facilitated by Arizona Green Party (AZGP) state co-chair Angel Torres. Prior to this meeting, there have been numerous unsuccessful attempts during the past several years to organize the Green Party in Yavapai County.
After the group introductions and meeting role assignments, attendees agreed to the meeting agenda, and were briefed on the consensus decision-making process.
Five individuals were recruited as potential Green Party candidates for the 2018 Elections:
- John-Aaron Baumann: Arizona State Legislature
- Matt Daniel: Arizona State Legislature
- Sargon Folio: U.S. Senate
- Haryaksha Knauer: considering a municipal race (Chino Valley Town Council)
- Stephanie Snyder: Arizona State Legislature
During the break, the group posed for a photo (above). Pictured left to right: Bert Sierra, Chuck Hughes, Sargon Folio, Matthew Daniel, John-Aaron Baumann, Stephanie Snyder, Tony Hughes, Dennis Duvall, Haryaksha Knauer, Michelle Shiloh, and Sooz Resetar.
Nominations were held for county party officers. The nominees include:
- Chairperson: Stephanie Snyder
- Vice-chair: Haryaksha Knauer
- Secretary/Outreach Coordinator: vacant
- Treasurer: Bert Sierra
- Recorder: Matthew Daniel
- Media Spokesperson: vacant
- At-large representatives: John-Aaron Baumann, vacant
Elections for GPYC Officers/Steering Committee members will be held at their next monthly meeting on Saturday, August 26, 2017 (11:30 am to 2:00 pm) at the Prescott Valley Public Library (Glassford Hill meeting room), 7401 E. Civic Circle Drive, Prescott Valley AZ 86314. Registered Green Party voters that live in Yavapai County (especially women) are encouraged to attend, and run for one of the GPYC Officer positions.
The meeting attendees agreed to hold future monthly meetings on Saturdays. In addition to electing county officers, future meetings will focus on creating a county party infrastructure (working committees, etc), drafting county party bylaws, and a "Welcome" letter to all registered Green Party voters in Yavapai County.
AZGP state co-chair Angel Torres said "It's been at least 20 years since we have had an organized presence of the Green Party in Yavapai County. When Stephanie, Haryaksha, and Bert attended our January 2017 AZGP state meeting in Phoenix, I knew getting Yavapai County organized had to be a top priority. Relatively speaking, this first meeting was successful, and I'm looking forward to assisting GPYC members build a strong foundation."
Currently, there are two organized county chapters of the Green Party in Arizona: Maricopa and Pima. If this meeting was any indication, it looks like Yavapai County Greens have taken their first steps to becoming the third organized county chapter of AZGP!