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U.S. Green Party Posts 2004 Electoral Victories

U.S. Green Party Posts 2004 Electoral Victories

Green Party USA

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Green Party of the United States has
announced several new victories as election results poured in late
last week and during the weekend.

Results are given below:— At least 14 Greens out of 75 who ran for office in California
claimed victory statewide Tuesday night; 75 Greens now hold public
office in California:

Ross Mirkarimi won the District 5 seat for the San Francisco Board of
Supervisors, replacing retiring Matt Gonzalez, in an election based
on Instant Runoff Voting.

Nine Greens won or retained seats on city councils. Greens retained a
majority on the Sebastopol City Council after Craig Litwin, Sam
Pierce won two seats; Greens now have a city council majority in
Arcata after two more victories (Harmony Groves, Paul Pitino). Other
winning city council candidates: Lynda Deschambault in Moraga, Doug
Hammerstrom in Ft. Bragg, Gayle McLaughlin in Richmond, Christine
Mulholland in San Luis Obispo, and Karl Warkomski in Aliso Viejo.

Other Green winners in California include Mark Sanchez, the first
Green to be re-elected in San Francisco for the Board of Education;
John Selawsky, Berkeley Unified School District Board; Jeff Sklar,
Santa Monica Rent Control Board; and Kaitlin Sopoci- Belknap,
Humboldt Bay Water Board.

— Three city council victories in Oregon: George Grosch (incumbent)
and Emily Hagen in Corvallis; Wendy Siporen (incumbent) in Talent
City. Also in Oregon, Tim Dehne was elected to the Benton County Soil
and Water District; Xander Patterson was re-elected to the East
Multnomah Soil and Water Conservation District.

— The attempt by Maine Democrats to redistricting Green Maine
legislator John Eder backfired against Democrats:

— Referenda to enact Instant Runoff Voting (IRV) passed in Ferndale,
Michigan; Burlington, Vermont; and western Massachusetts. IRV was
used for the first time in San Francisco elections for the Board of
Supervisors. IRV is a major goal of the Green Party, and its
enactment will help Green candidates. More information:

— Green candidates ran in 356 races in the November 2, 2004
election, with record numbers of candidates in California, Delaware,
D.C., Illinois, Maine, Maryland, Michigan, Mississippi, Oregon, Rhode
Island, South Carolina, Vermont, Washington, and Wisconsin.
Altogether, 430 Green candidates ran in 2004, in 41 states, for 74
types of offices, with 63 Green victories. There are now 212 elected
Greens in 27 states.

— National Green Party voter registration now stands at an all time
high of 311,350 in 22 States. This number omits Greens in states
where the Green Party has not yet achieved ballot status and in
states that don't permit party registration. State-by-state totals:

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