Tag Archives: Maine Independent Green Party

Greens enter Portland, Maine’s first mayoral race; hope for boost from IRV

From the Portland Daily Sun:

Portland this year embarks on an elected-mayor campaign that replaces a council-appointed mayor with one elected to an at-large seat. Through a city charter change, voters also will choose their next mayor through rank choice voting, where if any candidate falls short of a majority, then the “second choice” votes come into play in the tabulation.

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Maine Green Independent Party co-sponsors Bring Our War $$ Home campaign

Emailed to IPR:

CONTACT:
Bruce Gagnon (207) 443-9502
Lisa Savage (207) 399-7623
Mark Roman (207) 643-2356

Augusta, March 9 – Governor LePage and legislative leaders were invited to meet with representatives of Maine’s Bring Our War $$ Home campaign via letters sent by certified mail in February. As no responses have been received, a second copy of the letter will go out this week.… Read more ...

Former Maine Green activist Will Neils takes a more radical path

An interesting article from DownEast.com:

Neils has been making a name for himself all over Maine for going on two decades now. An early member (and eventual co-chair) of the nascent Green Party in the mid-90s, he soon tired of the glacial pace of conventional politics, turning instead to direct activism via Earth First!, which proved a much better match.

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Fred Horch, nearly successful Green Maine state rep. candidate, helps found community civic organization

In 2010, Fred Horch ran for the Maine State House of Representatives and garnered well over 30 percent of the vote, losing to the Democrat by less than 200 votes.  He has since founded a civic organization called the League of Brunswick Voters, whose website can be found hereThe Times Record has more, from Horch himself:

The District 66 League of Brunswick voters is a new group for people who want better government.

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Sam Smith on CounterPunch analyzes Fred Horch’s near win in Maine state rep. race

From CounterPunch:

But in Maine, Greens actually matter and the Democrats take them quite seriously. In fact, a few years back when Green John Eder was elected to the legislature with 65% of the vote, the Democrats sought to correct that scary development by redistricting him. And Greens have popped up elsewhere such as on the charter commission and the council of the state’s large city, Portland.

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Ben Chipman, elected independent and Green activist, will be on IPR Radio Tues. Dec 14th at 8 PM EST

I, Ross Levin will be interviewing Ben Chipman, who was elected to the Maine state house of representatives in the 2010 election. Chipman has been a Green Party activist for a long time, including being an aide to Maine’s only former Green state legislator and a member of the Portland Charter Commission.… Read more ...

Maine Greens Applaud Passage of Instant Runoff Voting in Portland

By way of Green Party Watch:

MAINE GREENS CONGRATULATE CANDIDATES FOR RUNNING STRONG CAMPAIGNS, STRENGTHEN THE CALL FOR ELECTORAL REFORM

Maine Green Independent Party Candidates who ran for the office of state house and state senate ran strong campaigns, often finishing a close second in the race Tuesday night. Fred Horch, of Brunswick, ran a close second with 34% of the vote in District 66.… Read more ...

Former legislative aide to elected Maine Green John Eder running for state rep.

From the Forecaster:

PORTLAND — House District 119 will elect a new state representative on Nov. 2.

Rep. Herbert Adams, D-Portland, cannot run because of term limits.

Democrat Jill A. Barkley, of High Street, is facing independent Benjamin Chipman, of Mayo Street,  for the seat that represents Parkside, Bayside and East Bayside…

Chipman, 35, has worked for the last 15 years as a self-employed public policy advocate.

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Maine Independent Greens honor activist after his death

The Independent Green Party is the Maine affiliate of the national Green Party.  From the Bangor Daily News:

Members of Maine’s Green Independent Party will gather in Greene this weekend for an annual convention dedicated to the memory of a Deer Isle resident and party leader who died recently.

Jack Harrington, 63, served on the Green Independent Party’s steering committee and was a delegate to the national party.

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