With newly guaranteed ballot access, some New York Greens are ready to run

From the Rochester City Newspaper:

The Green Party became an officially recognized political party in New York on Monday – the day state officials certified the results of the November election. The Greens’ gubernatorial candidate, Howie Hawkins, received more than 50,000 votes, which was enough for the party to gain official recognition. That hasn’t happened since the party last ballot status in the 2002 elections.

Monday night, Monroe County’s Greens elected their executive officers, putting a county committee in place. The significance of that: it’ll let the party appoint a candidate for a mayoral special election, should City Council choose to hold one. And the party is eager to run a candidate.

“We wouldn’t be doing this if we weren’t,” says Dave Atias, the newly elected secretary of the county party.

The party will be looking for qualified candidates: officials don’t want to run candidates just for the sake of it, Atias says. The idea is to give voters a legitimate choice.

“That’s what this town needs, not just voting for the same Republican or Democrat just on a different line,” he says.

5 thoughts on “With newly guaranteed ballot access, some New York Greens are ready to run

  1. Carey Campbell

    Congratulations indeed.

    The Green Party in New York and elsewhere have been at this point before.

    Inclusion, and constant candidate recruitment is a must for the Green Party in New York, Virginia, every where.

    In Virginia Independent Greens have much more difficult requirements to win ballot status. It takes 10 per cent of the vote in a statewide race.

    A bar that high has taught some very useful lessons.

    We need literally about 200 new Independent Green candidates every year. That’s for local, state, or federal office. Obviously it depends on the year.

    Even knocking thousands of doors every year, finding that many new Independent Green candidates is no small task.

    One can expect it is no easier in New York, or anywhere. That’s why positive inclusion is key.

    Here’s wishing Greens in New York and everywhere great success in 2011.

  2. Carey Campbell

    There is another interesting story about the New York Green Party out on the web tonight.

    Greens will get position F on the ballot line.

    There as a poster to the story is the relentless Richard Winger, American patriot, (publisher of Ballot Access News) taking the New York ballot access to task.

    Mr. Winger posts, “Over half the states have a neutral method for arranging the position of candidates and parties, so that any party, even a new party, has a chance of appearing on the top line (or the furthest left column). I don’t know why New York can’t imagine a neutral, fair system, instead of clinging to this old system in which the two major parties always get the best spot on the ballot.”


  3. Best We Can Do? [Lake]



    On a more happy development, would be if those left establishment figures we address, and others we do not, were to do as signatory Doug Henwood does gracefully in his statement in support of our letter.

    They should own up to their past mistakes, and show by their words and actions that they are now committed not to support, critical or otherwise of the Obama administration, but to active and militant opposition to its policies.

    There is no good reason, it seems to us, why they could, or should, not do precisely that. And should they do so, we will welcome them with open arms.

    John Halle is a former Green Party Alderman for the city of New Haven, Connecticut, and is on the faculty at Bard College in New York State where he teaches music theory and is active as a composer …….. writings can be found at his website johnhalle.com.

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