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Category: 1998 Spring Volume 2 Issue 1

’97 – ’98 Victories Advance Green Party

’97 – ’98 Victories Advance Green Party

by Mike Feinstein, Green Party of California The Green Party has grown steadily in the 1990s, winning more races with each electoral cycle. In 1997, US Greens won 10 races nationwide, high for an odd-numbered year when fewer elections are held. Meanwhile, 1998 is shaping up successfully as well, with three early victories already in March. These results follow a record 17 victories in 1996. As of April, 1998, 52 Greens currently hold elected office nationwide. Thirteen out of 16…

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Greens Set Sights High for ë98

Greens Set Sights High for ë98

By Mike Feinstein, Green Party of California US Greens have several goals for 1998: first, to continue winning municipal and county elections. Second, to gain (and retain) ballot status. Third, to win a state legislative seat for the first time. Fourth, to spread the Green message and build the Green Party. As of April, three Greens have already been elected in ë98 – Cris Moore, City Council, Santa Fe, NM, James Corrigan, Trustee, Northrop Village, Suffolk County and Krista Paradise,…

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Greens Winning Elected office: 1997-98

Greens Winning Elected office: 1997-98

Joyce Brown, Town Council, Chapel Hill, NC It took Joyce Brown just $1525 to finish first out of ten candidates running for four seats, for the Chapel Hill Town Council. Brownís victory was to her third 4-year term, a record for US Greens. Brown ran on a platform of promoting sustainable development, premised upon strong environmental and neighborhood protection. During her eight years in office, she has developed a strong reputation for addressing the affects of unsustainable development – traffic,…

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Campaign for Instant Runoff Voting in New Mexico

Campaign for Instant Runoff Voting in New Mexico

by Tabitha Hall, Albuquerque Greens, New Mexico Spurred on by their recent successes at the polls, New Mexico Greens took the lead in 1997-98 to push for meaningful electoral reform. Their legislative committee set the stage for a statewide, multi-partisan effort to institute ëInstant Runoff Votingí (IRV) for municipal and all state executive offices. IRV is a system in which the voter ranks the candidates in a particular race according to the voter’s preference. Each voter ranks the candidates, 1,…

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Green Party Ballot Status Update

Green Party Ballot Status Update

Correspondents include Richard Winger (CA), Dean Myerson, Gary Swing (CO), Michael Christopher (HI), Nancy Allen , John Rensenbrink (ME) Hawaiíi Green Party gains ballot status for ten years Hawaiíi, state law says that if a party qualifies for the ballot three election cycles in a row, it is entitled to 10 years automatic ballot status. But even though the Hawaiíi Green Party qualified three times in a row, they were being denied status after the ë96 elections. In 1992 and…

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From Topsham to Santa Fe

From Topsham to Santa Fe

ASGP Builds the Green Party across US by Dean Myerson, Secretary, ASGP The Association of State Green Parties (ASGP) is an organization of state Green Parties from across the United States. Currently there are affiliates in 21 states. Nineteen of those 21 were in Topsham, Maine, last October, for the last meeting of the ASGP Coordinating Committee (CC). The CC consists of two delegates from each state party. The next CC meeting will be in Santa Fe, New Mexico, April…

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Green Party members holding elected office across the United States

Green Party members holding elected office across the United States

Fifty-two Greens in thirteen states hold elected office as of April, 1998 Arkansas (1) Stephan Miller, City Council, Fayetteville Arizona (2) Alva d’Orgeix, City Council, Bisbee Norm Wallen, City Council, Flagstaff California (26) Alan Drusys, City Council, Yucaipa, San Bernadino County Raven Earlygrow, Mayor, Point Arena, Mendocino County Mike Feinstein, City Council, Santa Monica, Los Angeles County Suza Francina, City Council, Ojai, Ventura County Jennifer Hanan, City Council, Arcata, Humboldt County Jason Kirkpatrick, City Council, Arcata, Humboldt County Bruce Mast,…

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First-ever Conference of US Green Officeholders

First-ever Conference of US Green Officeholders

By Mike Feinstein, Green Party of California & Annie Young, Green Party of Minnesota The first-ever Conference of US Green Officeholders was held at Santa Monica College, February 20th-22nd. It brought together approximately 40 elected and appointed Green officeholders, together with future candidates, campaign managers and other party activists, to gather ëseminar styleí and discuss how to be an effective Green in government. The weekend was divided into workshops around “Sustainable Communities”, “How to Govern Effectively and Green”, “Social and…

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