GP Acts: Racks up Election Day 08 victories, new % highs; etc..

GP Acts: Racks up Election Day 08 victories, new % highs; etc..
GP RELEASE Greens focus on electing Malik Rahim, La. candidate for US House on Dec. 6
GREEN PARTY OF THE UNITED STATES
http://www.gp.org
For Immediate Release:
Monday, November 17, 2008
Contacts:
Scott McLarty, Media Coordinator, 202-518-5624, cell 202-904-7614, mclarty@greens.org
Starlene Rankin, Media Coordinator, 916-995-3805, starlene@gp.org
Christian Roselund, Media Contact for the Malik Rahim campaign, 504-905-5676, c.roselund@gmail.com http://www.votemalik.com
Greens focus on electing Malik Rahim, Louisiana Green Party candidate for the US House on Dec. 6
• Rahim, co-founder of the Common Ground Collective, receives Thomas Merton Award for his relief work in the aftermath of Katrina
• Video clip: Rahim’s keynote speech at the Green Party’s 2008 National Convention, July 12 in Chicago http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=7226475852159421918
WASHINGTON, DC — Green Party leaders are focusing on the campaign to elect Malik Rahim, Louisiana Green candidate for the US House in New Orleans (District 2) (http://www.votemalik.com), urging local and national support and assistance for Mr. Rahim.
The election for the 2nd District US House seat will take place on December 6 instead of November 4 because of election delays caused by Hurricanes Gustave and Ike.  District 2 is currently represented by William Jefferson, who is facing trial on 16 counts of corruption.
"Malik Rahim is more than just a welcome change from Rep. Jefferson and the corrupt political culture he represents.  New Orleans voters have a chance to elect a hero who organized thousands of Common Ground volunteers to provide food, health care, and other basic services to hurricane victims in the wake of Hurricane Katrina," said Jody Grage, treasurer of the Green Party of the United States.  "We’re encouraging Greens and friends all over the US to donate to his campaign, and those who can get to New Orleans to work on his campaign."
Mr. Rahim is co-founder of the Common Ground Collective (http://www.commongroundrelief.org), an organization that provides short-term relief to victims of hurricane disasters in the Gulf Coast region.  Mr. Rahim is a former Black Panther and ran for New Orleans City Council in 2002 as a Green Party candidate.
On November 12, Malik Rahim received the Thomas Merton Award (http://www.thomasmertoncenter.org) for his work in community organizing and providing relief in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.  Under Mr. Rahim’s leadership, the Common Ground Collective opened the first free health clinic in the city of New Orleans, helped reopen schools, gutted over 3,000 homes that needed repair in the Ninth Ward of New Orleans, and provided direct services to nearly 200,000 returning residents.
Malik Rahim’s political agenda include support for a national health care program (with an endorsement of HR676, ‘The United States National Health Insurance Act’), federal money to rebuild the Gulf Coast region’s healthcare infrastructure, federally funded Category 5 flood protection, and comprehensive storm protection by maintaining and preserving ecosystem services, including rebuilding the region’s cypress swamps.
 
GP RELEASE Green Party racks up Election Day 2008 victories, new percentage records
GREEN PARTY OF THE UNITED STATES
http://www.gp.org
For Immediate Release:
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
Contacts:
Scott McLarty, Media Coordinator, 202-518-5624, cell 202-904-7614, mclarty@greens.org
Starlene Rankin, Media Coordinator, 916-995-3805, starlene@gp.org
Brent McMillan, National Political Director, 202-319-7191, brent@gp.org
Green Party racks up Election Day 2008 victories, new percentage records
• Richard Carroll elected to Arkansas statehouse; new Green records set in congressional races; third Green mayor elected in California
WASHINGTON, DC — The Green Party’s 2008 candidates for the US House doubled the number of votes they received collectively from the number received in 2006, while over one million US voters voted for at least one Green candidate in the 2008 election.
The total number of votes for Green US House candidates (568,791 so far; compared to 252,550 in 2006) will rise further after the December 6 postponed election in New Orleans, Louisiana, where Green candidate Malik Rahim is running in District 2 (http://www.votemalik.com) for a seat currently held by William Jefferson, who is under federal indictment.  The Green Party is still awaiting final vote counts in some races around the US.
A new record was set for a Green candidate running for the US House, when Deb McFarland finished second in an Arkansas District 2 race with 64,622 votes or 23.33%.  Rebekah Kennedy apparently set a new percentage record for a Green running for the US Senate, with 202,016 votes or 20.59% (results not official) in her Arkansas race.  Along with Richard Carroll’s state legislature victory (see below), Arkansas Greens showed the most dramatic electoral growth of any state Green Party (http://www.arkgreens.org).
The Illinois Green Party ran 54 candidates, the most of any state Green Party in 2008 (http://www.ilgp.org).  2008 is the first year in which the West Virginia Mountain Party (http://www.mtparty.org) competed in elections as an affiliate of the Green Party of the United States, with Jesse Johnson’s run for Governor (http://www.jesse4wvgov.org).
Mr. Johnson’s 4.5% is the highest percentage for an alternative party candidate for Governor of West Virginia since 1912, when the Socialist Party polled 5.6% (http://www.ballot-access.org/2008/11/07/west-virginia-green-gubernatorial-showing-the-best-for-a-minor-party-since-1912/).
Green Party leaders thanked and congratulated all 245 Green candidates who ran for public office in the November 4 general election, including the party’s presidential ticket, Cynthia McKinney and Rosa Clemente (http://www.gp.org/press/pr-national.php?ID=137).
Some significant Green victories on Election Day, November 4, 2008:
• Richard Carroll was elected to the Arkansas State Legislature, representing District 39 (http://www.newmenu.org/richardcarroll).
• Bruce Delgado was elected Mayor of Marina City, Monterey County, California (pop. 25,000)
(http://www.delgado4mayor.org).  Mr. Delgado joins California Green mayors Gayle McLaughlin of Richmond and Craig Litwin of Sebastopol.  The Green Party of California announced at least five victories statewide in 2008 (http://www.gp.org/press/pr-state.php?ID=135).
• Ross Mirkarimi was reelected to his District 5 seat on the San Francisco Board of Supervisors in California, with 77% of the vote.  This is the seat that was occupied in 1978 by Harvey Milk, the first openly gay man elected to public office in California.
• Art Goodtimes was reelected to his San Miguel County Commissioner seat in Colorado (District 3).
• Cara Jennings was reelected as Lake Worth Commissioner, Palm Beach, Florida.
• James Nicita was elected Oregon City Commissioner (Position 3) in Clackamas County, Oregon
• Michael Beilstein was reelected to the Corvallis City Council (Ward 5) in Oregon.
• The District of Columbia had the greatest number of Green victories on November 4, with seven DC Statehood Green Party candidates elected to Advisory Neighborhood Commission seats:
Philip Blair, Jr, Single Member District 5A10
Dave Bosserman (incumbent), SMD 1D05
Chris Otten, SMD 1C02
Nancy Shia (incumbent), SMD 1C06
Carolyn Steptoe, SMD 5A07
Rick Tingling-Clemmons (incumbent), SMD 7D05
Bryan Weaver (incumbent), SMD 1C03
MORE INFORMATION
Green Party of the United States http://www.gp.org
202-319-7191, 866-41GREEN
Fax 202-319-7193
• Green candidate database for 2008 and other campaign information: http://www.gp.org/elections.shtml
• Green Party News Center http://www.gp.org/newscenter.shtml
• Green Party Speakers Bureau http://www.gp.org/speakers
• Green Party ballot access page http://www.gp.org/2008-elections
• 2008 Green candidates to watch http://www.gp.org/2008-elections/candidate-news.php
Cynthia McKinney/Rosa Clemente ‘Power to the People’ Campaign for the White House
http://www.runcynthiarun.org
http://votetruth08.com
http://www.rosaclemente.com
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