Lynne Serpe, the Green Party candidate for City Council in Queens’ District 22, has raised over $100,000 with the help of the city’s public campaign financing program. She has also recently written an op-ed piece for the New York Daily News in favor of instant runoff voting. Thanks to Green Party Watch for both of these stories.
An email update to Serpe’s supporters said the following:
We turned in over four times the signatures needed to get on the ballot. Thank you to the dozens of volunteers who collected them and the thousands of district voters who stopped to sign.
We’ve opened our fabulous storefront campaign office at 25-23 Astoria Boulevard. Feel free to drop in, we’re there weekends and most week nights.
Our wonderful volunteers came out to the top 12 polling sights in the district on Primary Day and made sure voters knew they might not have had a choice then, but they’ll will have a clear choice on Election Day.
We just crossed the $100,000 point, thanks to donations from almost FOUR HUNDRED grassroots supporters, almost a dozen house parties and fun fundraising events and the NYC Matching Funds Program. THANK YOU EVERYONE THAT HELPED US GET THERE. And yes, that deserved all caps…
We are just a handful of donations away from maxing out the program, please donate today so we can focus 100% on voter outreach. Remember, thanks to the City’s matching funds program your donation will be matched 6:1, so a $20 donation means a total of $140 for us to fight the good fight.\
Serpe’s newsletter also contained some other information about the campaign:
VOTER REGISTRATION DRIVE: OCT 2 – OCT 8
We live in a popular, diverse neighborhood but not everyone is registered to vote. I aim to change that. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for our voter registration schedule for the week of Oct 2 – Oct 8 (deadline to register is October 9th).
LETTERS TO THE EDITOR: SEPT 22-OCT 23
We have several local papers in Western Queens, you can write one letter and send it to all of them – or be a go getter and write a different one for each! Letters in the paper are a great and free way to let everyone know there is a true progressive option for City Council. Contact email@example.com for contact information and ideas about topics.
OFFICE VOLUNTEERS AND CANVASSING: EVERY DAY
Our campaign office (now beautifully adorned with Colleen Deery’s paintings of Irish landscapes on the walls) has several phone lines and computers, and the entire district needs to be walked. Let us know how and when you can help, we’d love to have you be part of the team. Send us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
ELECTION DAY: NOV 3
We will be mobilizing 100 volunteers minimum on Election Day. Please email email@example.com if you can volunteer a few hours, half day or even the full fifteen hours of fun.
In an op-ed in the Daily News yesterday, Serpe criticized New York’s current run-off primary system and suggested that it be replaced with an instant runoff sytem. Serpe is actually a former employee of the organization FairVote, the leading advocate of instant runoff voting in the country.
Holding two elections is expensive. It’s inconvenient. Voters get burned out and confused.
What’s the solution? A simple reform called instant runoff voting. Instant runoff guarantees majority winners in a single election by allowing voters to rank the candidates in their order of preference (1,2,3) on the very first ballot, rather than making them return to the polls two weeks later.