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1998: Record Victories, Candidates Pace Greens

1998: Record Victories, Candidates Pace Greens

By Mike Feinstein, Green Party of California If it is true that modest but consistent growth foreshadows greater success, then 1998 was a very promising year for the Green Party. Following a pattern that started in earlier years, Greens are running more candidates and winning more races with each passing electoral cycle. A record 125 Greens ran for office in 1998, including 112 in the November election. Eighteen candidates won their races, a single-year record. Among them were 12 city…

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ASGP Builds for the Present, Plans for the Future

ASGP Builds for the Present, Plans for the Future

by Dean Myerson, ASGP Secretary The Association of State Green Parties (ASGP) was formed in late 1996, to help strengthen and create independent Green parties in the 50 states and the District of Columbia, and to prepare for the creation of a national Green Party in the US. The inaugural ASGP meeting was held in Virginia in November, 1996. Subsequent meetings have occured in Portland, OR (April 1997), Topsham, ME (October, 1997) and Santa Fe, NM (April, 1998). The next…

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State Green Ballot Status Update

State Green Ballot Status Update

Pennsylvania Greens seek to ease ballot access The Votersí Choice Act was introduced into the Pennsylvania State House in February, 1999. Drafted by the Green Party of Pennsylvania, it would reduce the number of signatures necessary to qualify a candidate for a statewide race ballot from the current 30,000 to 4,500. It would also provide a realistic way for new parties to qualify for ballot status. The current law, passed in 1976 requires a party to register a number equal…

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Green Candidates for Governor in 1998

Green Candidates for Governor in 1998

Desa Jacobsson, Alaska The Green campaign for governor was a nail-biter, wrought with uncertainty and surprise. In the end, Desa Jacobsson received 3.01% and 6,608 votes, 12 more than she needed to retain ballot status for the Green Party of Alaska until 2002.. Jacobsson, a 52-year-old Yup’ik and Gwich’in subsistence activist with roots in villages and towns across the Alaska, campaigned on a platform of increasing in-state hiring, furthering the stateís recognition of tribal governments, and improving rural sanitation, and…

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State-by-State Election Highlights

State-by-State Election Highlights

Colorado Greens reach new heights With over 1,000 Green registrants, the Green Party of Colorado became a ballot status, minor political party during 1998. During June, they held their first nominating convention as a ballot status party, in the historic Chautauqua Auditorium in Boulder. Two candidates were nominated for partisan office: Dean Myerson for University of Colorado Regent at large, a statewide office, and Nancy York for Larimer County Commissioner. Myerson is a member of the Boulder Green Alliance and…

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Julie Jacobson Wins County Council Seat, Waves “Aloha” to Incumbent Republican

Julie Jacobson Wins County Council Seat, Waves “Aloha” to Incumbent Republican

In a major step forward for Hawaiíi Greens, Julie Jacobson won a partisan County Council seat on Hawaiiís Big Island, reclaiming a seat for the Greens held by Keiko Bonk between 1992 and 1996. District 6 is 120 miles from one end to the other, and three times as large as the island of Oahu. Jacobson won there by 200 votes, her losing margin in 1996. Her victory in part was a result of a two-year Green registration drive, which…

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In Memorium

In Memorium

Philip Hufford, Colorado Colorado Greens mourns the loss of one of their founding members. Philip Hufford, who passed away from cancer on October 3rd, 1998 at age 50. Hufford was the first Colorado Green candidate for governor, in 1994. He chaired the Denver Region Greens for years and focused on toxic waste issues, particularly a U.S. Army chemical weapons site near Denver. His background with labor, and his experience as Rocky Mountain Regional Director of the Fair Trade Campaign in…

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Book Review: Against All Odds

Book Review: Against All Odds

New Book on Green Party movement in the United States; by John Resenbrink A new book on the US Greens will be released April 1st, entitled Against All Odds: The Green Transformation of American Politics. It is written by long-time Maine and US Green organizer John Rensenbrink. The Foreward is by renown consumer activist and 1996 Green presidential candidate Ralph Nader. In Against All Odds, Rensenbrink takes readers on a 15-year sojourn through US Green history, and places the US…

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Green Party Members Holding Elected Office

Green Party Members Holding Elected Office

Sixty-two Greens in thirteen states hold elected office as of February 1999 Arizona (2) Alva d’Orgeix, City Council, Bisbee Norm Wallen, City Council, Flagstaff California (30) Kerry Arnett, City Council, Nevada City, Nevada County Colby Crotzer, City Council, Morro Bay, San Luis Obispo County Leslie Dahlhoff, City Council, Point Arena, Mendocino County Alan Drusys, City Council, Yucaipa, San Bernadino County Mike Feinstein, City Council, Santa Monica, Los Angeles County Tim Fitzmaurice, City Council, Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz County Suza Francina,…

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California Greening Is Becoming a Reality

California Greening Is Becoming a Reality

Twelve victories in 1998, Thirty California Greens are now in office With its first Governor/Lt. Governor ticket ever, together with a record number of victories on the local level, the Green Party of California had a banner year in 1998. Former US Congressman Dan Hamburg was California’s first Green gubernatorial candidate. His running mate was California Environmental Protection Agency scientist Sara Amir. Both finished first among the five ‘third’ party candidates in their races. Amir’s 3% of the vote was…

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