GREEN PARTY OF THE UNITED STATES
For Immediate Release:
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
Scott McLarty, Media Coordinator, 202-518-5624, cell 202-904-7614, +/1+/
Starlene Rankin, Media Coordinator, 916-995-3805, +/2+/
Green campaigns to watch in 2009; Elections page: http://www.gp.org/candidates/index.php
WASHINGTON, DC — A record number of Green Party candidates are running for public office throughout the US, with many campaigning for reelection along with fresh new Green faces.
146 Green Party candidates have announced runs in local and state races, about a dozen more than at this point in 2005 (like 2009, the first year after a presidential election) and nearly 50 more than at this point in 2007.
Some races to watch:
Cam Gordon is seeking reelection to the Minneapolis City Council, Ward 2, in Minnesota (http://www.camgordon.org). Mr. Gordon has earned the endorsement of his local Green Party, a local Sierra Club chapter, the Minnesota Nurses Association, and other area unions.
In his first term Mr. Gordon led the effort to enact Ranked Choice Voting in Minneapolis for the first time this fall. He pushed the Council to redefine youth violence as a public health issue and draft a widely acclaimed and successful Youth Violence Prevention Plan. As Vice Chair of the Health Energy and Environment Committee he helped set the Cityâ€™s first environmental purchasing policy, require new city buildings to be LEED compliant, and led the Council on a new Homegrown Minneapolis initiative to get residents eating and producing more local food. Mr. Gordon also worked to repeal the city’s racist, classist ‘lurking’ ordinance; authored several renters’ rights ordinances; and created the Equity in Employment Work Group to help eliminate racial disparities in employment and poverty.
Also in Minneapolis: Annie Young is running for re-election to the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (http://www.annieyoung.net). Ms. Young has served on the [read more]