Run For Office

Be The Change You Want To See!

The Green Party of New York is Looking for Progressives to Run for Elected Office! We run candidates and elect representatives who haven’t sold out to Wall Street or the Tea Party. We don’t take money from for-profit corporations. We are an independent local political party, and part of a global movement. Our candidates run to create public policy on important issues including climate change, police brutality, civil rights, income inequality, a living wage, affordable housing, open debates, and an end to corruption and corporate greed.

Current and former Green office holders have made an immediate impact on their communities as town council members, county commissioners, school board members, and more. They've reached out to voters of diverse backgrounds and successfully brought together coalitions of community organizations and individuals to begin to reclaim their local governments.

The growth and movement of the Green Party of New York will continue in 2017, where all across this state candidates will challenge the two establishment parties. Please consider becoming a candidate for elective office this year. 

We especially encourage people who are under-represented in elective office to consider running: women, African Americans, Latinos, Native Americans, Asian Americans, gays and lesbians, people with disabilities, young people and other minorities.

Is Running For Office Right For You?

Tired of marching in circles? Sick of begging officials for crumbs? Running for office lets you challenge them directly. Even if you don't win, the support you get can help change policy! Some key things you'll need:

  • A network of people who are willing to support you with time and money
  • Issues that matter to you AND your local community
  • The ability to connect with voters and ask for their support, both face to face and in public forums
  • Time and energy for your campaign

To Run As A Green You Must:

  • Be registered to vote as Green or Independent (no party)
  • Agree to uphold key Green Party positions on issues
  • Accept no endorsements from corporate parties
  • Fill out a questionnaire
  • Be approved by local Greens as well as the GPNYS Campaign Committee

Board of Election Requirements

2017 is a year of local races - please see your local board of election for the requirements for the office you seek.

Important Dates

Primary Election: September 12
General Election: November 7

For more information, see the 2017 Political Calendar from the NYS Board of Elections.

Interested in running for office as a Green Party candidate?

Download the candidates questionnaire here! Please return as a txt. or doc. file and include the original questions. Please read introduction carefully. Campaign plan and budget can be submitted in lieu of the candidate application. 

There will also be a Green Party Campaign School event for prospective candidates. Sign up for our newsletter to find out more!

If you or someone you know is considering running and have questions about the questionnaire or about running, contact the Campaign Committee at The questionnaire is lengthy and can be a guide for developing a strong campaign plan. Our Campaign Committee is happy to assist you


Darin Robins, Co-Chair
Email: dcr420dcr (at)

Oliver Harwood, Co-Chair
Email: obharwood (at)


Gloria Mattera, Colin Fox Thomas, Jabari Brisport, Daniel Schaffer, David Doonan, Amanda Abrams, Julia Willebrand

The Campaign Committee generally holds conference calls once a month. If you are interested in joining one of the calls, please send an e-mail to

PLEASE NOTE: One need not be an elected member of the Campaign Committee to attend any meeting or conference call. All you need be is a registered Green. Only elected members can vote, but all are welcome to participate. If you are interested at all in campaigning and helping to get Greens elected throughout New York State, please consider attending, as there is much to do. For more information about the committee, please email one of the co-chairs listed above.

For current NY candidates, see the Candidates page.

For a complete list of current and past Green candidates in all states, visit the GP-US elections database.

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