Green Party running 5 candidates in West Virginia, 18 legislative candidates in Maine

From Ballot Access News:

The Mountain Party of West Virginia is that state’s affiliate of the Green Party. This year it has chosen to nominate by primary rather than by convention. Therefore, anyone who wanted to run as a Mountain Party candidate was required to file for the primary by January 30.

Five individuals filed, either for the state legislature, or for partisan county office. The best-known candidate is Jesse Johnson, who is running for State House.

Brent McMillan, the national executive director of the Green Party, comments at Green Party Watch:

I found four of the candidates listed on the West Virginia Secretary of State Site:

David Hall for State Senate District 17
Jesse Johnson for House of Delegates District 32
Robin Mills for House of Delegates District 51
Mark Myers for House of Delegates District 11

And with regards to Maine:

AUGUSTA- On Monday, March 15th, the Green Independent Party of Maine turned in signatures to qualify 18 legislative candidates throughout the state, the second highest total in 12 years of holding official ballot status.

“We made legislative recruitment a top priority this year. With sweeping changes in electoral reform that came out of Augusta last year, we no longer need the governor’s race to keep party status. We turned our resources toward legislative seats, where we have better opportunity for success,” said Anna Trevorrow, Chair of the state Green Independent Party.

The party has nearly doubled its number of qualified candidates from 2008, and has expanded its geographic outreach. The Greens have qualified 15 candidates for State House and 3 for State Senate.

“This year we are running a great slate of candidates from York to Hancock County and some of them have excellent chances to win, running in open seats where the incumbent is term-limited,” said Ben Chipman, Candidate Coordinator for the state party and former Legislative Aide for John Eder, a Green who served in the State House from 2002-2006.

For the first time in the party’s history, there will be two contested primaries.

“This year we will be focusing on seats we can win with a goal of getting a few Greens elected to the Legislature as well as the local level where there are several Greens currently holding office,” said Chipman.

The Green Independent Party touts not only quantity, but the quality of candidates this year, with several party leaders securing ballot lines. Three out of the seven-member state Steering Committee are running for the Maine legislature, as well as long-time figureheads of activist communities.

“We took a look around at all of our members who are outspoken on issues and outspoken within party infrastructure, and we asked, ‘why haven’t you put your name on the ballot yet?’ Out of it came perhaps the strongest field of Legislative candidates the party has ever run,” Trevorrow said.

Green Independent Party membership has also grown this year to 34,500 registered members, the highest total ever.

12 thoughts on “Green Party running 5 candidates in West Virginia, 18 legislative candidates in Maine

  1. Green Party fan

    Green Party Watch reports tonight

    Ed Bortz, Pittsburgh Green congressional candidate, calls for Medicare for All
    March 22nd, 2010 by Dave Schwab · No Comments
    Ed Bortz, the Pennsylvania Green Party’s candidate for US House in the 14th district, has garnered some publicity from Allegheny County Elections 2010 Examiner for a post on Firedoglake’s Seminal blog arguing that “we need health CARE, not health insurance”. Both the Examiner piece and the Seminal discussion are worth reading.

    http://www.greenpartywatch.org/2010/03/22/ed-bortz-pittsburgh-green-congressional-candidate-calls-for-medicare-for-all/

  2. VAGreen

    Jesse Johnson was the first Green candidate to ever win the Sierra Club’s endorsement in a statewide election. He got about 5% of the vote in the Governor’s race in 2008, which keeps our ballot status in West Virginia through 2012. Go Jesse!

  3. Ross Levin Post author

    His race is definitely one to watch. I’m pretty sure he raised $2000 in order to qualify for the ballot, too, and he did it in a pretty short time (don’t quote me on that, though). So it’s a race to watch.

  4. Michael Cavlan RN

    I gave Jesse Johnson $25 when he came to Minnesota, as part of his run for president.

    I then saw him use his platform to attack Ralph Nader. I then called his campaign asking for my money back. Never did get a response.

    Turn that frown upside down. Put on a happy face..

    Ignore those mean old dissidents who keep on speaking some uncomfortable truth.

    Shirley Temple and her good ship lolly pop are onto something.

    Greens, you pissed off the wrong group of people..

  5. Ross Levin Post author

    Still seems like a generally decent guy to me. Maybe he wanted to distance himself from the past of the Green Party, which I can’t really blame him for. If he’s running a decent campaign for state legislature as a Green, I’m not going to not support him because of one disagreeable statement he made.

  6. Michael Cavlan RN

    Ross

    I hear what you are saying but this goes so much deeper than that. I will leave it at that for now.

    So please, continue to support him and indeed the Green Party. You will inevitably come to the same conclusion that John Murphy, myself and countless others have come to. You will learn from experience. In my own humble opinion.

  7. Ross Levin Post author

    That may be so. I’ve got confidence that people like Hugh Giordano can make the Green Party, at least in certain areas, much more effective at promoting progressive causes and electing people than it was before. Maybe I’m wrong, but I guess you’re right – I’ll just have to learn that for myself if I am wrong.

  8. Green Party fan

    Jesse Johnson is an impressive Green Party leader. The many years of work Jesse has done to build the Green Party nationally, and the West Virginia Green Party aka Mountain Party speaks volumes of good.

    Simply judge Jesse’s Green Party deeds. They are exceptional by any measure. That is Green Party work of not one day, week, month, or even year. It’s many Green Party candidates on the ballot over many years.

    Ross Levin is correct.

    Thank you for this Green Party story.

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