Green Party news and newsmakers in the 2017 election
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Expanded ballot access for alternative parties and endorsements for Green candidates were among the top Green Party stories in the 2017 general election. The Green Party also gained a state legislator in Maine, after he converted from the Democratic Party.
For Immediate Release:
Tuesday, October 31, 2017
Scott McLarty, Media Director, 202-904-7614, firstname.lastname@example.org
Green Party news and newsmakers in the 2017 election
Ballot access advances, endorsements, and videos of Green candidates
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Those listed below are a sample of the many stories about Green candidates. For more Green campaign news, visit http://www.gp.org/2017_candidate_news.
State Green Party News
Maine: The Maine Green Independent Party protested a vote by the Maine legislature effectively overturning a citizens' referendum that would have enacted Ranked Choice Voting (RCV) in Maine elections. Maine Greens are calling for a "people's veto" of the legislature's bipartisan decision.
North Carolina: On Oct. 16 and 17, the North Carolina Senate and House passed SB 656, overriding a governor's veto and expanding ballot access for the Green Party and other alternative parties and allowing voters to register in those parties. Until now, North Carolina has been among states with the most restrictive ballot access laws. The new law will take effect on Jan. 1; Greens will continue to petition until they're certain they'll be on the ballot.
Utah: On Sept. 18, the Green Party of Utah received notification from the Lt. Governor's office that the party has met the 2,000 signature threshold to gain ballot access as a political party in Utah and allowing Green candidates to appear on Utah ballots in 2018, and in 2020 if the party can pass a ballot test. Voters will be able to register Green beginning Nov. 30.
Maine: After unenrolling from the Democratic Party earlier in 2017, Maine State Rep. Ralph Chapman announced in Sept. he has joined the Maine Green Independent Party, becoming the only Green state representative in Maine and the first since John Eder finished his term in 2006.
New Jersey: Rev. Seth Kaper-Dale, the Green Party candidate for Governor of New Jersey, offered sanctuary in his church to an Indonesian couple who may face deportation if they follow orders to report to U.S. immigration officials. Rev. Kaper-Dale, pastor of the Reformed Church of Highland Park, has made rights and protection for undocumented immigrants a priority in his campaign.
Pennsylvania: Cheri Honkala continued to press for legal action against election regularities in Philadelphia's 197th District, where she ran for for the State Representative in a March 21 special election. The lawsuit filed by Ms. Honkala, who was the Green Party's vice-presidential nominee in 2012, is based on evidence of illegal voter assistance and electioneering and other questionable poll activities. On Monday, Oct. 30, four members of an election board were charged with intimidating voters, casting false ballots, and falsely certifying the results.
Endorsements for Green Candidates
New Jersey and New York: Our Revolution, a national group that emerged from Bernie Sanders' 2016 presidential campaign, has endorsed Seth Kaper-Dale for Governor of New Jersey, Lisa Durdan for Lt. Governor of New Jersey, and Jabari Brisport for New York City Council (35th District in Brooklyn).
Minnesota: Samantha Pree-Stinson, running for Minneapolis City Council (3rd Ward) has been endorsed by the Minneapolis Firefighter's Association, Local 82, and the Sierra Club North Star Chapter.
Colorado: Democratic Socialists of America has endorsed Julie Bañuelos, candidate for Denver Board of Education.
Pennsylvania: Jules Mermelstein, candidate for Judge of the Pennsylvania Superior Court, has been endorsed by the Pennsylvania State Education Association, the state's largest union.
Connecticut: The American Federation of Teachers Connecticut Chapter has endorsed Joshua Steele Kelly for Representative Town Meeting in Waterford (District 3).
New York: The Post Star has endorsed Ben Lapham for Glens Falls City Council (Ward 4).
Colorado: Julie Bañuelos, candidate for Denver Board of Education in Colorado, is interviewed by Green Party co-chair Andrea Mérida Cuéllar on GreenStream, the Green Party's livestream show.
New York: Jabari Brisport, candidate for New York City Council (35th District in Brooklyn), is interviewed by Gloria Mattera, co-chair of the Green Party and Green Party of New York, on GreenStream.
New York: Howie Hawkins, candidate for Mayor of Syracuse, New York, held a press conference on Oct. 24 detailing his vision for making Syracuse into a sustainable city. (Jump ahead to 2:40 in the video.)
Pennsylvania: Jules Mermelstein, candidate for Judge of the Pennsylvania Superior Court, is interviewed by Christian Banchs of the Green Party of Philadelphia on People Power Lunch Hour
New Jersey: Rev. Seth Kaper-Dale, candidate for Governor of New Jersey, is interviewed by 2004 Green presidential nominee David Cobb on Green News Network.
Green Party candidates to watch in 2017 local elections
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