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 2018, 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 enrolled as a Green or, if not, be authorized to run in accordance with our rules on electoral fusion
  • Agree to uphold key Green Party positions on issues
  • Accept no financial support from for-profit businesses, trade associations, or associated political action committees
  • Accept no ballot lines lines offered by the Democratic, Republican, or allied parties
  • Fill out a questionnaire in order to gain endorsement from the Green Party Of New York State and be considered for GPNY candidate funds
  • File designating petitions and/or be nominated or authorized to run by the Green Party of New York State or your local affiliated county organization

Important Dates

Federal Primary Election: June 26
State Primary Election: September 13
General Election: November 6

Important Reminder For All Potential Green Candidates:

There are different petitioning periods for Congressional races and other races in New York State this year.

The petitioning period for Congressional races starts March 6th and the filing period is from April 9th to April 12th.

The petitioning period for other races starts June 5th and the filing period is from July 9th to July 12th.

For more information, see the 2018 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. 

The final return date for the candidate questionnaires for that election year is one month after the final return date for the nominating petitions to be a candidate on the Green Party ballot line.

The Campaign Committee has put together a candidate toolkit, as a list of various links to information resources, that may be of assistance to first time candidates. 

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 campcomm(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 Robbins, 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 campcomm(at)

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 2018 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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