The Green Party call for candidates in 2018

The Green Party of Washington is looking for progressives to run for elected office in 2018!

This year two Greens were elected in Washington State: Renata Rollins is the new Olympia City Councilmember for Position 6, and EJ Zita was reelected to Olympia Port Commissioner Position 2. Let’s keep the momentum going!

There are many local offices up for reelection in 2018, as well as all members of the State House of Representatives and half of the members of the State Senate. Candidates at the local level have the best chance of winning, and these local races provide opportunities to build name recognition, a base of support, and the experience of running a campaign.

Green office holders in 23 states and the District of Columbia are hard at work for the voters who elected them. They are creating public policy on important issues including civil rights, a living wage, affordable housing, alternative voting systems, peace, and the environment. They are opposing urban sprawl, fracking, and expansion of corporate power.

Green office holders make an immediate impact on their communities as town council members, county commissioners, and school board members. These Greens reach out to voters of diverse backgrounds and bring together coalitions of community organizations and individuals to begin to reclaim their local governments.

Candidates need to begin their campaigns as early as possible. If you or someone you know is thinking of running, please contact your local Green Party or the Campaign Committee of the Green Party of Washington State –> email hello@greenpartywashington.org.

All across the country hundreds of Green Party candidates will be challenging the two corporate parties. This will be a great time for someone to learn the art of running for office, and a smart, energetic person could actually win! We are looking for people who are under-represented in elective office, women, African Americans, Latinx, Asian Americans, gays and lesbians, people with disabilities, and other minorities – people from all walks of life and class backgrounds. We are also looking for people to work with candidates as campaign managers and volunteers.

Here’s the official list of offices open for election in 2018.

Candidate filing week is May 14th-18th. Here’s a link to Washington State 2018 dates and deadlines.

It’s never too early to begin. Get in touch with your local Green Party, or email us today! –> hello@greenpartywashington.org

To be considered for GPWA endorsement or preferred candidate status, please complete our GPWA Candidate Questionnaire.

In solidarity,

Campaign Committee,
Green Party of Washington

2018 Starts Now!

The recent wins for Greens and other progressive candidates have been very exciting, and we realize that it is important for us to keep working hard and set our sights on the 2018 elections!

We need some volunteers who would be willing to work on a fundraising committee in order for us to financially support more Green Party candidates in 2018 and develop the infrastructure we need to provide campaign assistance to more endorsed Green candidates and non-Greens who have been given preferred candidate status. We are hoping to have 1-2 volunteers from each local Green Party chapter to assist with this project.

Some ideas for fundraising events we might organize: bicycle rallies, scavenger hunts, rummage sales, auctions, etc. And we are looking for more ideas for fundraising activities. Please get involved and share your ideas!

If you would be interested in helping on this committee please send your info to Kathryn at skyranch12805@gmail.com.

Thank you!

Coordinating Council,
Green Party of Washington

Congratulations to our elected Greens!

Congratulations to our endorsed candidates Renata Rollins and E.J. Zita for winning election to Olympia City Council and Port Commission!

Get involved with supporting their work in office today!

For example, check out the activist blockade of fracking supplies at the Port of Olympia:

“For the second time in the past year, Washington activists blocked a train carrying oil fracking supplies from leaving the Port of Olympia on the Salish Sea. The blockade camp prevented a possible shipment of ceramic proppants from being shipped to the Bakken oil shale basin in North Dakota, and possibly other fracking operations….[T]hey are part of a larger regional movement taking responsibility to act in the face of the climate crisis, and using their strong geographical position to literally stand in the way of the fossil fuel industry.”

 

Blockade of train tracks on November 20, 2017, at 7th and Jefferson streets in downtown Olympia, Washington, to prevent a train carrying oil fracking sands (ceramic proppants) from the Port of Olympia. (Photo; Zoltán Grossman)