2015 saw another year of record low voter turnout throughout much of New York, with the vast majority of eligible voters casting a vote against duopoly, corporate politics by refusing to participate at all. Our Green candidates fought to reach as many voters as possible with a real choice for real change. Here are some of this year's results in New York and around the country. For a full list of our 2015 candidates, visit our campaign archives page.
Alex White - South District, Rochester City Council: "Thank you to everyone who helped with my campaign as they are the reason I got 20% of the vote. And thank you to all the voters who believed enough in me to give there vote. It is for you that I will always keep up the fight."
Anthony Baney for Erie County Legislator (at-large): "With all districts reported, I received 845 votes (9%). I would like to thank everyone who supported me and my campaign! Thank you to everyone who came out and voted for me. We must continue to fight for political and social change beyond the elections! Please continue the fight for legalization of cannabis, full funding, and local control of public schools, and IDA reform."
Cassandra Lems - Nassau County Legislature, District 10: "Incumbent Ellen Birnbaum who made racist remarks a year and a half ago and got kicked out of the Democratic Caucus and off all Nassau County Legislative committees, won with 62.68%. The Republican challenger Lisa Benjamin, who did not bother to show up for candidates' forums or newspaper endorsement interviews, got 35.64%. Cassandra Lems, Green Party member who campaigned her butt off for several months, got 1.63%. My analysis is that most people voted strictly along party lines and paid no attention to the issues or the candidates themselves. But 139 people were paying attention and voted for me."
Howie Hawkins - City Auditor of Syracuse: "The unofficial first canvass of votes shows us losing 5,015 (35%) to 9,358 (65%).
The bad news is that the status quo continues in Syracuse.
The good news is that 35% is by far the best citywide vote Greens have yet received in the city. The previous best was the 12% I received last year citywide in the governor's race.
The other Green citywide candidates for Councilor-At-Large and Commissioner of Education received votes from between 24% and 29% of the voters in those multi-seat races.
These are results we can build upon.
Thanks to everyone who contributed to our campaign.
We will be back."
Frank Cetera - Syracuse Common Council, District 2: "No small thing we did. Here’s some quick thoughts on what we accomplished:
More people than ever before, by far, decided to vote for a Green Party candidate to represent them in the 2nd District with our vote tally of 413 (just under 21% of total votes cast). Every vote cast for my candidacy on the Green line was a conscious vote that we earned, unlike the “party-line” voters who will vote straight down the D or R line. We won these votes by reaching out and having conversations one-on-one with people about a vision for economic justice in our city.
I carried my home Ward Election District 8-3, which is the portion of the Near Westside where I live, by a vote tally of 23 to 22 to 11. Unfortunately, we did not succeed in mobilizing the vast majority of voters to participate in this year’s election. According to Board of Elections data, there are 414 registered voters in this Ward Election District. District wide, only 20% of eligible voters cast votes for the Council position."
Collin Fox Thomas - Troy City Council, District 4: "Many thanks to the 69 (11.54%) who voted for ideas that are beholden to no party, but to transforming Troy into a city for economic, social, and political justice.
Turnout was very high (598), and the council race was positive until the last couple days (nothing directed at me anyway).
The results reflect a very grassroots effort of a working class candidate talking person to person on a budget of less than $250. The lesson is it doesn't take yard signs or mass mailings or endorsements or media (though, it can't hurt?). It takes people actually talking in person and making informed decisions on what they envision their city to aspire to.
Thank you to my mom (my best volunteer), and Alycia, Peter, and Deyva for assistancen and again to the voters who support ambitious ideas."
Darrin Robbins - Mayor of Corning (Steuben County): "...I received 250 votes (20%) while my opponent, Republican incumbent Rich Negri, received 950 votes (79%). These exact numbers might change slightly in the next few days once absentee ballots are counted, but it appears that I have the same percentage of votes as I did in 2013. And these two percentages are close to the 24% to 27% I received when I previously ran for City Council. I think there is a recurring pattern that can be channeled into activism for the ideas I campaigned upon. Startup loans for cooperatives and participatory budgeting are two ideas that I believe can be advocated for if the people who voted for me can be mobilized to attend City Council meetings in a show of support. In the next few weeks I will be working on how to coordinate this mobilization..."
Green Party local election results include several wins in California and Connecticut on Nov. 3
• 10 Green victories out of 12 in California; Francisco Herrera places second in his run for Mayor of San Francisco
• 2015 Green election results: https://secure.gpus.org/secure/testdb/summary.php?filter_year=2015
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The Green Party celebrated several local wins in the Tuesday's general election, with ten Green victories out of 12 in California and five out of 14 in Connecticut.
Francisco Herrera, in his run for Mayor of San Francisco (http://www.peoplescampaign.net), took second place with 31.1% in a ranked choice vote.
At least 100 Green candidates competed throughout the U.S. in the November 3, 2015 general election. For a list of results, see the party's 2015 election page (https://secure.gpus.org/secure/testdb/summary.php?filter_year=2015) and Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/groups/GreenPartyUSElections).
So far, at least 18 out of 93 Greens candidates are known to have won on Nov. 3 and 10 out 18 won in races earlier in 2015. (The Green Party is still awaiting news about some results.) 21 Green candidates received 20% or more in their races. Overall, at least 28 out of 112 Greens were elected throughout 2015, all to local offices.
The list of Connecticut victories includes Mirna Martinez's reelection to the New London Board of Education (http://www.nlgreens.org/mirna2015.html).
Among the victors in California is Marnie Glickman, a former co-chair of the Green Party of the United States, in her race for Dixie School Board in Marin County (http://www.marnieglickman.org). California Greens won five school board races and now have 26 on school boards in their state. (List of California Green election results: http://www.cagreens.org/elections/2015-fall)
In other school board races, Wendy Hageman Smith will be seated in Appromattox, Virginia, and Holly Seeliger was reelected in Portland, Maine. Both ran unopposed.
In city council races, Jay Sweeney was reelected to his seat as Fall Township Auditor in Pennsylvania with 98% of the vote.
Green incumbent Renee Goddard was reelected to the Fairfax (Marin County) Town Council in California. Ms. Goddard rejoins fellow Green John Reed on the five-member Council, where Greens have held at least two seats on the five-member Town Council since 2003, with a majority between 2009 and 2013.
Two Black Lives Matter activists ran strong Green campaigns in St. Paul, Minnesota, that drew national Green enthusiasm: Trahern King Ausar for City Council and Rashad Turner for School Board. Neither were elected, but Green Party leaders expressed hope that they will run again.
Howie Hawkins, whose run for governor in 2014 gave the Green Party ballot access in New York, placed second with 35% of the vote for City Auditor in Syracuse, in another race watched closely by Greens.
The Green Party supports legalization of marijuana but opposed an Ohio amendment that would have granted a small group of investors exclusive rights to grow plants for commercial use. The ballot measure failed. See "Ohio Green Party opposes 'Better for Ohio' and 'Responsible Ohio marijuana proposals" (May 29, 2015, http://gp.org/press/pr-state.php?ID=811) and "Ohio Green Party congratulates local activists for efforts regarding marijuana decriminalization" (July 27, 2015, http://www.gp.org/ohio_green_party_congratulates_local_activists).
Green Party leaders congratulated voters in Kent, Ohio, for passing Issue 43, which called for a constitutional amendment to end corporate personhood and abolish the legal definition of money as free speech, as well as establishment of an annual "Democracy Day" public hearing for residents to testify on the effect of big contributions from corporations and the wealthy on elections. Kent is the seventh Ohio community to have passed a citizen-driven ballot initiative of this kind. City Councils in ten other communities have passed resolutions calling for the same amendment.
Greens also thanked Seattle voters for passing I-122 ("Honest Elections Seattle") with a 60% majority. The initiative provides for publicly financed elections, bars businesses that do more than $250,000 in business per year with the city from contributing to local political campaigns, and bans contributions from corporations that put more than $5,000 per year into lobbying elected officials. It grants $100 in "Democracy Vouchers" for each Seattle voter, offsetting corporate influence on elections.
State and local Green Parties across the U.S. are preparing to run candidates in hundreds of races for public office in 2016, as well as choose a Green presidential nominee. (E.g., see "Green Party aims for full slate for county board in 2016," News Gazette (Champagne, Illinois), Nov. 5, http://www.news-gazette.com/news/local/2015-11-05/green-party-aims-full-slate-county-board-2016.html)