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For Immediate Release

Scott McLarty, Media Director, 202-904-7614,

Green Party Candidates to Watch in 2017 Local Elections


Local and state Green Parties are running several strong candidates in well-organized campaigns for public office in 2017.

The Green Party of the United States welcomed Maine State Rep. Ralph Chapman, who announced his new membership in the Maine Green Independent Party on Thursday. Mr. Chapman is Maine's second Green in the Maine House of Representatives, following John Eder, who served from 2004 to 2006.

162 Green candidates are running for office in 2017. See also the Green candidates' news page. At least 140 Greens hold elected office in 18 states as of Sept. 15, 2017.

Green candidates often face barriers, such as exclusion from forums and debates; limited ballot access, restrictions, and thresholds that in some states don't apply to Democrats and Republicans; and even rigged elections. In Philadelphia, Pa., Cheri Honkala has taken legal action after she uncovered evidence of election fraud when she ran for State Representative in 2016.

The five candidates profiled below are a sample of those running strong Green campaigns in the 2017 general election on Nov. 7. They show the diversity of backgrounds, interests, and campaign focuses among Green candidates who uphold the party's principles and platform. For more detailed bios and photos of the candidates, visit

* Julie Banuelos, candidate for Denver Board of Education, at-large School District No. 1, in Denver, Colorado |

"I come from a family of immigrants who originally were migrant workers but because of education, were able to lift up out of poverty and set us kids on a path to success," said Ms. Banuelos. "Just like many Denver families, we lived in humble surroundings while my father studied for his engineering degree. I grew up in the East Village, which is the housing project across from what was then Ebert Elementary, on 23rd and Tremont, in Denver's Curtis Park.

"During my 15+ years with Denver Public Schools, I've worked mostly with communities of color with large constituents of immigrants, students and families of English Language Learners -- groups to whom I am still tied and who are most impacted by passionate teachers that invest not just their time, but also their souls to these academic and personal relationships."

Ms. Banuelos was interviewed on GreenStream, the Green Party's livestream show, on Wednesday, Sept. 20.

* Jabari Brisport, candidate for City Council, District 35, in New York City

Mr. Brisport, the proud Caribbean son of an immigrant father and a tireless mother, is an artist, educator, and activist who has spent the past ten years creating political theater and marching in the streets.

After attending NYU, where he was a founding member of The Glass Theater Company, and Yale School of Drama, he joined the anti-racist artist collective Artists for Change, which held marches, protests, and online petitions to address the crisis of police violence. For the past seven years, he has performed with the political comedy theater group Political Subversities.

* Mico Lucide, candidate for General Assembly in New Jersey's Legislative District 2

Mr. Lucide grew up in Egg Harbor Township, New Jersey and has lived in Atlantic County his entire life. He has held local and state positions in the Green Party, serving as a member of the Executive Board of the Green Party of Atlantic County and as the National Delegate Alternate for the Green Party of New Jersey.

Mico Lucide is running a campaign focused on two major themes: government efficiency and making people the priority. He supports raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour; a sustainable environment with clean air, land, and energy; and putting more substantive efforts into reemployment for the chronically unemployed and those trying hard to enter the workforce for the first time.

* Montigue T. Magruder, candidate for the Virginia House of Delegates, 69th District (parts of Richmond City and Chesterfield County)

A Virginian native who has lived in Richmond since he was 10 years old, Mr. Magruder has worked as a general labourer and caretaker for six years and currently works part-time as a scooter mechanic and fry cook. In 2010, he spoke in opposition to fare increases in Richmond's public transit system, which lead him to join the Richmond Transit Riders Union, VA Organizing, RePHRAME, and the Industrial Workers of the World.

In 2012, he was appointed to the Greater Richmond Transit Company & Transit Study Task Force and wrote five of the 11 recommendations submitted to Richmond City Council. He ran for Richmond City Council in the 2016 election and came in third place with 13% of the vote. Montigue Magruder's struggles with poverty, homelessness, incarceration, and surviving domestic violence led him to realize that the world shouldn't be the way it is today and compel him to do his part to ensure no one else lives the life he has endured.

* Samantha Pree-Stinson, candidate for the Ward 3 City Council seat in Minneapolis, Minnesota

Ms. Pree-Stinson is a US Army Veteran who served in Afghanistan as a Combat Medic Sergeant. She has been an educator and Associate Director of Education for Corinthian Colleges, and worked at Medtronic as a leader of both the Global Women's Network and African Descent Network. She serves as First Vice President to the Board at KMOJ and is a Director of the transition team at MTN.

Ms. Pree-Stinson has a degree in Organizational Psychology from Franklin University and a Program Management Certification from UC Berkley extension. She and her husband live in Northeast Minneapolis and contribute to their community by coaching soccer and advocating for their three children and all students in Minneapolis Public Schools.

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