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Green Party Victories And Highlights From The Nov. 7 Election

Green incumbents reelected; big gains for Greens in Connecticut.

WASHINGTON - The Green Party racked up several victories in local races in the Nov. 7 general election.

At least 127 Green candidates were on the ballot on Nov. 7, of whom at least 22 were elected. 13 ran for state or federal office, so the municipal victory count is 22 out 114 races. In all 2017 elections (not just Nov. 7), Greens won 44 out of 164 races.

The Green Party of the United States congratulates the winners and thanks all Greens who ran for public office in 2017 and all those who worked on Green campaigns.

Some highlights:

California: All four Green candidates were elected. All are in Humboldt County and all were incumbents: Angelia Hillman, Board of Trustees, Area 5, Klamath Trinity Joint Unified School District; Jeffrey Dean Schwartz, Governing Boardmember, Arcata School District; Rama Zarcufsky, Governing Boardmember, Maple Creek School District; Scott Kender, Board of Directors, Redway Community Services District.

Colorado: Merrily Mazza was reelected to the Lafayette City Council. Bryan Williams was elected to the Ouray School Board.

Connecticut: Eight out of 29 Green candidates were elected, including Jean de Smet for Mayor of Windham; Mirna Martinez (incumbent) for New London Board of Education; Dagmar Noll for Town Council in Willimantic.

In Waterford, Connecticut, Green candidates won five races for municipal seats: Darcy Van Ness (Zoning Board Alternate), Andrew Frascarelli (Representative Town Meeting District 1), Joshua Steele Kelly (RTM D3), Carl D'Amato (RTM D4), Baird Welch-Collins (RTM D2). Green-endorsed candidates now hold ten appointed and elected seats in the town government. The results in Waterford set a record for the largest contingency of Greens to serve on a legislative assembly in New England. More:

Massachusetts: Laurance Kimbrough was elected to the Cambridge School Committee.

Minnesota: Cam Gordon was reelected to a fourth term on the Minneapolis City Council. LaTrisha Vetaw won her race for At-Large member of the Minneapolis Park Board, replacing Annie Young, the Green Party's longest serving elected official in U.S.

New Jersey: In a close race, Jessica Clayton has been elected to the Brick Board of Education. Erika Jacho won a seat on the Belleville Board of Education in Essex County.

Pennsylvania: Two victories for three Green campaigns in Bucks County, with Dave Ochmanowicz and Stuart Chen-Hayes winning their elections to School Board and Judge of Elections respectively. Bradley Granlun was elected to Borough Council in Philipsburg; Cem Zeytinoglu won his race for Stroudsburg School Board. Tim Runkle was elected Judge of Elections in Elizabethtown.

Greens to watch: These candidates weren't elected, but received impressive percentages.

Colorado: Julie Bañuelos received 23% in a race for Denver School Board.

New York: Jabari Brisport drew 29% in his race for New York City Council (District 35 in Brooklyn). In Glens Falls, Robin Barkenhagen received 35% for Councilor-At-Large.

Ohio: Devin Branch drew 33.5% in his race for Mayor of East Cleveland.

See also:

Green Party Wrap-Up Statements for 2017

Green Party news and newsmakers in the 2017 election
Press release: Green Party of the United States, October 31, 2017

Green Party candidates to watch in 2017 local elections
Press release: Green Party of the United States, September 26, 2017


Green Party of the United States

Green candidate database and campaign information
News Center
Ballot Access
Green Papers 
Green merchandise 

Green Pages: The official publication of record of the Green Party of the United States


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