A pivotal moment in history

It’s people who step up at pivotal moments that change the direction of history.

The Howie Hawkins / Angela Walker H’20 campaign just gave Washington State Greens a big shout-out for turning in well over the requirement to get our grassroots-powered candidates on the ballot! Thanks to all the voters who pitched in to make this happen, from state and local GP leaders to volunteers to signers to live streamers… this was not easy during a pandemic, so extra kudos, praise, and thanks!

More choices allow better democracy for voters, and we have two amazing candidates for Prez and VP this time around! Check them out: https://howiehawkins.us/.

Let’s each of us who believe in a democratic process, in the health of this planet, in justice and doing the right thing, and in a New Green Deal for America — in every Washington town and county — let’s write letters-to-the-editor, opinions, talk to radio pundits and personalities, get on podcasts, you name it, even write to your representatives and demand a Green agenda!

We can’t let this pandemic or the duopoly hold us back. It’s just too important. Let’s go for 5% of the vote in 2020 in this safe state! 5% won’t help Trump win here, and it WILL award the Green Party of Washington State official recognition. If we achieve 5% of the vote statewide, we won’t have to waste time (or risk contagion) gathering signatures to get our candidates on the ballot next time around. That’s how we’ll start to gain a foothold and build Green representation in local and state offices where we’re needed most.

C.J. Sellers, volunteer coordinator for the H’20 campaign in WA State

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Greens Choose Hawkins/Walker in Landslide Victory

The Green Party of Washington State is excited to announce that on Saturday, July 11, Howie Hawkins and running mate Angela Walker were nominated by the Greens across the U.S. to be the party’s presidential and vice-presidential nominees.

Hawkins won with 59.15% of the vote at the Party’s national convention. Owing to the Covid-19 pandemic, this year’s convention was held online via Zoom webinar platform and included 358 delegates from 47 states and caucuses.

In acceptance speeches, Hawkins and Walker highlighted the nexus of climate change and social justice and the importance of enacting a real Green New Deal.

Hawkins expressed gratitude for all those who have supported their candidacy including the more than 4,000 contributors who helped the campaign to qualify two weeks ago for federal primary matching funds. He noted the immediate task is to ensure ballot access in every state. Washington is currently collecting petition signatures for ballot access to meet a July 25 deadline.

Hawkins also reiterated his support for the Black Lives Matter (BLM) nationwide call to defund police. He emphasized the Green Party’s defense of people of color against U.S. imperialism, adding “Defunding police is not enough. We must defund the military.”

The Green Party of Washington State joins in solidarity with our presidential candidates, BLM, and people of color across the world in calling for an end to militarism, war, and occupation, and the human and ecosystem destruction that results.

Following workshops on amendments in the days preceding the convention, the Green Party delegates also voted to confirm the Party’s new national platform.

Among the convention highlights were speeches by Maine Green candidate for U.S. Senate Lisa Savage who is running a strong campaign for Republican Susan Collins seat and 2016 candidates Dr. Jill Stein and Ajamu Baraka and Party co-chair Dr. Margaret Flowers among many other leaders across the nation and even Australia.

Washington Greens are proud that one of our own, Margaret Elisabeth (Washington), was among those elected to a new national steering committee as co-chair. The other new co-chair is Tamar Yager (Virginia) with Anita Rios (Ohio) re-elected to a second term. Hillary Kane (Pennsylvania) was re-elected as treasurer. They join continuing co-chairs Gloria Mattera (New York), Kristin Combs (Pennsylvania), Tony Ndege (North Carolina), Trahern Crews (Minnesota), and Secretary David Gerry (Massachusetts).

Greens currently holding public office and Green candidates running for local, state, and federal office were also featured in a series of press conferences during the convention.

The Green Party of Washington State is making a call to registered voters who believe in Democracy to support its Nominating Petition for U.S. President / Vice President by signature in order to ensure everyone has a voice. The Party had requested a state reprieve from signature gathering during the pandemic but was regrettably denied, so volunteers are gathering signatures. Registered voters are asked to please visit to sign the petition for ballot access: https://greenpartywashington.org/2020/06/10/convention/.

Videos and texts of many of the speeches and press conferences are available here:

https://www.gp.org/workshop_videos

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCZfnQZquRwx_F6yZg3g9kOw

Hawkins/Walker Campaign Website: https://howiehawkins.us/

GPWA Officers, Delegates, and State Candidates Election Results

Green Party of Washington Coordinating Council Election

Total votes = 43

Seats to be filled = 5

Quota = 43/(5+1) = 7.17 = 8 votes (18.6%)


Round 1:

Alice Green– 8 (18.6%)

Charles Law – 6 (14.0%)

Herb Camet, Jr. – 7 (16.3%)

Margaret Elisabeth – 4 (9.3%)

Noah Martin – 16 (37.2%)

Richard Redick – 2  (4.6%)

Noah Martin and Alice Green are elected. Noah Martin’s weighted surplus votes reallocated.


Round 2:

Charles Law – 8 (18.6%)

Herb Camet, Jr. – 9 (20.9%)

Margaret Elisabeth – 5 (11.6%)

Richard Redick  – 4 (9.3%)

Herb Camet, Jr. and Charles Law are elected. Herb Camet, Jr’s weighted surplus votes reallocated. 


Round 3:

Margaret Elisabeth – 5.9 (13.7%)

Richard Redick – 4 (9.3%)

Richard Redick is eliminated.

Margaret Elisabeth is awarded the final seat.


Elected members of the coordinating council: Noah Martin, Alice Green, Herb Camet, Jr., Charles Law, and Margaret Elisabeth.


GPWA Treasurer Election

Total votes = 42

Scott Thompson – 42 votes (100%)

Scott Thompson is elected unanimously.


GPWA Deputy Treasurer Election

Total votes = 40

Lisa Canar – 40 votes (100%)

Lisa Canar is elected unanimously.


GPUS Delegates Election

Total votes = 42

Seats to be filled = 2

Quota = 43/(2+1) = 14.33 = 15 votes

Round 1:

Noah Martin – 26 (61.9%)

Kyle Taylor Lucas – 16 (38.1%)

Noah Martin and Kyle Taylor Lucas are elected GPUS Delegates.


GPUS Alternate Delegates Election

Total votes = 41

Seats to be filled = 2

Quota = 41/(2+1) = 13.67 = 14 votes (34.1%)


Round 1:

Colin Bartlett – 20 (48.8%)

Frank Lockwood – 6 (14.6%)

Herb Camet, Jr. – 8 (19.5%)

Nina Manuel – 7 (17.1%)

Colin Bartlett is elected and weighted surplus votes reallocated.


Round 2:

Frank Lockwood – 7.5 (18.3%)

Herb Camet, Jr. – 9.2 (22.4%)

Nina Manuel – 9.4 (22.9%)

Frank Lockwood is eliminated and his votes reallocated. One ballot exhausted.


Round 3:

Herb Camet, Jr. – 12.4 (30.2%)

Nina Manuel -12.7 (30.9%)

Herb Camet, Jr. is eliminated.


Colin Bartlett and Nina Manual are elected GPUS Alternate Delegates.


GPUS Presidential Nominating Convention Delegates Election

Total votes = 40

Seats to be filled = 10

Quota = 40/(10+1) = 3.64 = 4 votes


Round 1:

CJ Sellers – 4 (10%)

Colin Bartlett – 5 (12.5%)

Herb Camet, Jr. – 6 (15%)

Jody Grage – 5 (12.5%)

Jonathan Betz-Zall – 1 (2.5%)

Kyle Taylor Lucas – 5 (1.25%)

Lisa Canar – 4 (10%)

Nina Manuel – 7.5%)

Noah Martin – 4 (10%)

Phoenix Wendt – 1 (2.5%)

Richard Redick – 2 (5%)

Colin Bartlett, Herb Camet, Jr., Jody Grage, and Kyle Taylor Lucas are elected PNC Delegates.

CJ Sellers wins the tiebreaker against Lisa Canar and Noah Martin and is elected the final PNC Delegate.

Lisa Canar and Noah Martin are elected Alternate PNC Delegates.

Herb Camet, Jr’ weighted surplus votes are reallocated.


Round 2:

Jonathan Betz-Zall – 1.3 (3.3%)

Nina Manuel – 3.6 (9.2%)

Phoenix Wendt – 1.3 (3.3%)

Richard Redick – 2 (5.0%)

CJ Sellers weighted surplus votes are allocated. 


Round 3:

Jonathan Betz-Zall – 1.9 (4.8%)

Nina Manuel – 3.9 (9.7%)

Phoenix Wendt – 1.3 (3.3%)

Richard Redick – 2 (5.0%)

Kyle Taylor Lucas weighted surplus votes allocated.


Round 4:

Jonathan Betz-Zall – 1.9 (4.8%)

Nina Manuel – 4.3 (10.7%)

Phoenix Wendt – 1.7 (4.3%)

Richard Redick – 2 (5.0%)

Nina Manuel is elected Alternate Delegate.

Jody Grage weighted surplus votes reallocated.


Round 5:

Jonathan Betz-Zall – 2.3 (5.8%)

Phoenix Wendt – 1.9 (4.8%)

Richard Redick – 2.4 (6.0%)

Colin Bartlett weighted surplus votes reallocated.


Round 6:

Jonathan Betz-Zall – 2.6 (6.6%)

Phoenix Wendt – 2.1 (5.3%)

Richard Redick – 2.6 (6.5%)

Phoenix Wendt is eliminated.


GPUS Presidential Convention Delegates:

  1. Herb Camet, Jr.
  2. Kyle Taylor Lucas
  3. Jody Grage
  4. Colin Bartlett
  5. CJ Sellers

GPUS Presidential Convention Alternate Delegates:

  1. Noah Martin
  2. Lisa Canar
  3. Nina Manuel
  4. Jonathan Betz-Zall
  5. Richard Redick

Granting David Spring “Preferred” Status for Superintendent of Public Instruction (Nonpartisan position)

Total votes = 49

13 abstentions

75% quota required

0.75 x (49-13) = 27 votes needed

Yes – 24

No – 12

Abstain – 13

Does not pass.


Presidential Primary Election Results

Green Party of Washington – 2020 Election Results

The votes are in! Thank you to everyone who participated.

Total number of GPWA members voting = 67

Delegate Quota = 67 / (5+1) = 11.17 = 12 votes (17.9%)

Since Washington State has only 5 delegates to award, a candidate needs to receive at least 12 votes (17.9%) to be awarded one delegate.


Round 1 – Initial vote for presidential candidates:

Dario Hunter – 28 (41.8%)

Howie Hawkins – 27 (40.3%)

Jesse Ventura – 9 (13.4%)

Mark Charles – 1 (1.5%)

Vermin Supreme – 1 (1.5%)

Jill Stein – 1 (1.5%)


Round 2 – Mark Charles, Vermin Supreme, and Jill Stein are eliminated and their votes reallocated:

Dario Hunter – 30 (44.8%)

Howie Hawkins – 28 (41.8%)

Jesse Ventura – 9 (13.4%)


Round 3 – Jesse Ventura is eliminated and his votes reallocated [2 ballots exhausted]:

Dario Hunter = 36 (55.4%)

Howie Hawkins = 29 (44.6%)

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The following table shows the final primary results:

Candidate
Vote Percent
Delegate Count
Dario Hunter
55.4%
3 Delegates
Howie Hawkins
44.6%
2 Delegates

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Green Party Ballot Access – 2020

Help us gather signatures to get our candidates for President and Vice President — Howie Hawkins and Angela Walker — on the General Election Ballot!

The Green Party of Washington State is holding an online ‘Nominating Convention’ to select electors and to nominate our candidates for President and Vice President of the United States. We are meeting daily from 7-8 PM, beginning on Thursday June 25, 2020 and continuing through Saturday July 25, 2020.

During our online meeting sessions we will select our Washington State electors and gather the required 1,000+ signatures from Washington voters to place our Green Party candidates for President and Vice President — Howie Hawkins and Angela Walker — on the November General Election ballot.

We need your help to gather signatures from registered voters in Washington State!

–> Download and print the Green Party Nominating Petition here

Print out this Nominating Petition on standard white paper, single sided. All signatures must be gathered and submitted on the original paper petition forms. We are not allowed to submit photocopies, scanned copies, faxed copies, or electronic copies of the petition forms. Signatures must be provided with pen on paper. Digital or digitized signatures will not be accepted.

Full names, signatures, and mailing addresses must match the Secretary of State voter registration records. Only valid signatures from people registered to vote in Washington State will be counted.

All signatures must be collected by July 25, 2020!

Send your printed and completed petition forms to –> 

Green Party of Washington, PO Box 70493, Seattle, WA 98127

Please mail your completed petition forms to us postmarked by Monday July 27th, at the latest. 

You may also coordinate with your local Green Party chapter to assist with return of completed petition forms. Please call one of our Ballot Access coordinators — Lisa Canar at 734-904-8246 or C.J. Sellers at 425-324-6867 — with any questions about signing the petition or to request that a Green Party volunteer pick up your completed petition form if you are unable to mail it to us.

Green Party supporters who wish to participate and to gather petition signatures are welcome to attend any or all sessions of our online ‘Nominating Convention’ — June 25 – July 25, 2020.

To attend our Nominating Convention, contact your local Green Party chapter or send an email to admin@greenpartywashington.org with the Subject line: ‘Nominating Convention‘, and we will respond with the online meeting link for you to attend.

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Questions?

Do you think democracy would be better served if there were more choices on the ballot? [Yes, of course!]

–> If so, then please sign our petition.

When do we know who the Green Party Presidential nominees are?

–> The Green Party nominees for President and Vice President are Howie Hawkins and Angela Walker. Howie Hawkins and Angela Walker were selected as the Green Party nominees at the GPUS Presidential Nominating Convention on July 11, 2020.

Why is the Washington State ‘Nominating Convention’ so long?

–> ‘Convention’ in this case refers to a longer time span and larger area (‘Seattle – online convention’) than the usual definition to comply with the need to maintain social distancing.  During the convention dates, the Green Party of Washington will host a daily online meeting at 7 pm.

How can someone attend the Green Party ‘Nominating Convention’?

–> Signers of the petition must attest that, “I personally attended a nominating convention” and write in the date. The Green Party is required to hold a “nominating convention” by law. This “nominating convention” is ongoing, and is essentially the activity of gathering petition signatures for ballot access. Thus, when one signs the petition, they are “attending” the convention. In other words, supporters may sign the petition with the intent that they are participating (“attending”) just by signing. All supporters are also welcome (but not required) to join us during any session of our online nominating convention (June 25 – July 25, at 7 pm). To attend an online session, please ask your local Green Party chapter or send us an email (see above).

What does it mean to “support” the nominees?

–> The petition states, “I support with my signature the nominees listed above”. This can be interpreted to mean, “I support listing the Green Party nominees on the ballot”. There is no need for anyone to promise a vote for the candidates when signing the petition.

Can a person register to vote the same date they sign the petition?

–> YES. You may register to vote online at voteWA.gov or print a voter registration form here: https://www.sos.wa.gov/elections/print-voter-registration-forms.aspx. If you complete the voter registration form on paper, send it by postal mail to your county elections office (address provided on the form).

Can I sign the Green Party nominating petition if I voted in the Presidential Primary?

–> YES. To clarify, the reference to signing a ‘nominating petition’ pertains only to other nominating PETITIONS, and not to participation in the Washington State Presidential Primary. If you voted in the presidential primary election, you can still sign this petition.

Where can I find more information on the ‘Nominating Convention’ requirements for Washington State?

–> The legal requirements for ‘Minor Party and Independent Presidential Candidates’ are posted at https://www.sos.wa.gov/elections/candidates/.

Direct links to information from the Secretary of State:

Minor Party & Independent Presidential Candidates 

How can I apply to become an Elector?

–> Please download the pledge form, print it out, write in “Green” Party, print your name, sign your name, and mail it to our PO Box address above. If you are selected as one of our designated Green Party electors, your name, mailing address, and signed pledge form will be submitted to the WA Secretary of State. The list of Green Party electors, including names and mailing addresses, is maintained by the Secretary of State as a public record.

How can I get more information?

–> Please email us at admin@greenpartywashington.org with your questions.

You may also call one of our Ballot Access coordinators — Lisa Canar at 734-904-8246 or C.J. Sellers at 425-324-6867 — with any questions about signing the petition or to request that a Green Party volunteer pick up your completed petition form if you are unable to mail it to us.

Volunteers – click here for a sample script to call Green Party supporters.

Download the Green Party brochure here.

Check out the Hawkins-Walker Campaign Platform here!

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Presidential Nominating Convention – July 11th, 2020

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic the Green Party of the United States will hold a virtual convention online.

July 9, 2020 – July 12, 2020
Presidential Nominating Convention: July 11th, Noon-8pm Eastern Time [9am – 5pm Pacific Time]
$100 registration fee

The Green Party is hard at work developing a convention format and tool suite to hold a democratic, deliberative and inspiring event to launch the Green Party’s general election campaign.

This will take substantial resources and so we request delegates to contribute a registration fee as usual.

Registration fees will cover the emergency infrastructure and staff necessary to produce an online convention from multiple locations, plus online workshops, news conferences and delegate sessions such as approval of the Green Party US platform.


The Green Party Presidential Nominating Convention will be broadcast LIVE, for free on the Internet for all, on Saturday, July 11th starting at Noon Eastern Time [9 AM Pacific Time].


If you are seeking financial assistance in the form of a reduced or waived registration fee, please see the form to request a Reduced Registration fee at gp.org/convention.

The Green Party strives to allow any Green Party member to attend our national meetings. As the only political party that refuses corporate donations, we acknowledge a registration fee can be a financial burden for some Greens. Therefore, we never turn anyone away because of the cost of registration.

For registration, please visit https://www.gp.org/convention

GreenLine for June 4, 2020

Click here to view this GreenLine Newsletter on the Green Party of the United States website.

Our country is enduring yet another reckoning with the perpetual nightmare communities of color have suffered under the structural violence of white supremacy.

We are at a painful, fragile juncture: George Floyd was murdered by police in a city governed by a mayor from the Democratic Party, in a state with a governor from the Democratic Party. President Trump, from the Republican Party, has callously demonized and brutalized those calling for justice and is now flirting with martial law.

Meanwhile, presumptive Democratic Party presidential nominee Joe Biden’s answer is to “shoot” the “unarmed” in the leg as opposed to the face or heart.

(For years, I have likened the false choice between the parties of War and Wall Street to being forced to choose between a car crash at 55 miles per hour and a car crash at 75 miles per hour: there are differences between the two and yet forcing a person to pick between them is unconscionable. Thank you, Joe Biden, for providing us all with an even more visceral metaphor, preserved forever in the annals of history.)

The critical questions: are the people of this country ready to tackle the systems of oppression presided over by the two Police State Parties? Can the Green Party and our candidates provide leadership at this moment to help dismantle those systems beyond what superficial reforms might be offered by the more “liberal” wing of the police state?

Trahern Crews in Minneapolis

The answer is “possibly — if we organize, fight and win.” One of our National Co-Chairs, Trahern Crews (pictured above on the left) is an organizer in the the Black Lives Matter Minnesota movement. He has been a tireless presence on the frontlines in Minneapolis-Saint Paul, broadcasting live whenever possible both to bear witness to the people’s uprising and as a first measure of defense against further police violence.

We salute Trahern and all Greens representing the Four Pillars in the streets this week, as the police state has repeatedly terrorized peaceful demonstrators. You have our solidarity and support. Make sure to tag the Green Party on Twitter and Facebook with your stories so we can share them with the country.

Michael O’Neil, GreenLine Editor and Green Party Communications Manager

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Justice For George Floyd

Green Party US National Black Caucus Demands Accountability, Structural Changes to Save Black and Brown Lives From Police Brutality

On Tuesday, May 25th Officer Derek Chauvin forced his knee on the neck of George Floyd for eight grueling, life-taking minutes until he died — as Officer Tou Thao looked on. Community members were present and recorded the horrific, traumatizing incident that has sparked protest and anger in the Black community across America.

The resident who recorded the event can be repeatedly heard telling the officers to stop — even as Mr. Floyd, himself, can be heard exclaiming that he could not breathe — because they knew they were killing him.

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Green Party Convention Saturday July 11 Get Registtered Get Ready Stay Connected

2020 Annual National Meeting and Presidential Nominating Convention

Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic we must hold a virtual convention online.

July 9, 2020 – July 12, 2020
Presidential Nominating Convention: July 11th, Noon-8pm Eastern Time
Registration Now Open

Green Party US is grateful to the Detroit Green Party and Wayne State University, who were originally going to host this year’s convention. They have been gracious partners as we have navigated this unprecedented situation. We look forward to convening in Detroit in a future year.

We are hard at work developing a convention format and tool suite to hold a democratic, deliberative and inspiring event to launch the Green Party’s general election campaign.

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In The News: Coronavirus adds to ballot access hurdles for third party candidates

“With this situation being what it is with the COVID-19 has made everything a lot more difficult, because the routes we would normally take in order to get our candidates on the ballot are closed to us because we can’t petition,” Green Party national co-chair Anita Rios told ABC News Thursday.

“We were certainly on path to have 50 state ballot access. We had 35 states coming in at the beginning of the year. We were out petitioning. We were going to make all 50 states, for sure,” said Dan Fishman, executive director of the Libertarian National Committee. “And then, you know, COVID hits, and it’s almost impossible to gather signatures.”

While Fishman was still confident the party would gain ballot access in every state, third-party presidential nominees are up against cumbersome laws that vary state-by-state, and don’t present the same hurdles for Democratic and Republican nominees, who typically enjoy more resources and money from national and state parties.

“There are 50 different sets of laws,” Rios said. “And some of those laws are impossibly hard, and they serve no purpose.”

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Lisa Savage in her vegetable garden, from her YouTube series of short videos speaking directly to voters.
Lisa For Maine Updates For June 3rd, 2020

May was a big month in Maine for the US Senate campaign of Lisa Savage, running against incumbent Susan Collins under ranked choice voting. We’ve grown our team with two great additions, conducted an art auction fundraiser that attracted supporters from all over the US, and received exciting press coverage including the publication of Lisa’s op-ed in the Portland Press Herald.

Our team’s selection of a campaign manager has been especially exciting. Chris Cayer was a driving force on the successful campaign to win ranked choice voting by referendum and most recently ran the Field department for Maine AllCare, a state-level single payer universal health care initiative. Chris is a great fit for the flagship RCV campaign nationally with a platform that includes expanded Medicare for All and a demilitarized Green New Deal to address the climate crisis.

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Updates From Jake Tonkel For San Jose City Council

Jake broadcast a recent livestream with Alex Lee (candidate for CA Assembly) on being corporate-free.

Jake’s work on The Santa Clara County URG (Unhoused Response Group) team making COVID-19 emergency kits was featured in the cover of this local news coverage.

Jake launched a livestream series, including reports on the San Jose city council and interviews with community leaders and candidates.

And the team started a Senior Check-in Phone Bank, to ensure San Jose area seniors have what they need.

New endorsements:

  • Magdalena Carrasco, San José City Councilmember, District 5
  • Raul Peralez, San José City Councilmember, District 3
  • Sergio Jimenez, San José City Councilmember, District 2
  • Ash Kalra, California State Assemblymember, District 27
  • Sally Lieber, Former California State Assemblymember, District 22
  • Paul Fong, Former California State Assemblymember, District 28
  • Alex Lee, Democratic Candidate for CA State Assembly, District 25

…with some even bigger ones on the way!

Check out a recent campaign e-blast

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In The News: Pennsylvania’s minor political parties file lawsuit demanding ballot access

HARRISBURG, Pa. — Leaders of the Libertarian PartyGreen Party and Constitution Party issued a call to action for ballot access Thursday after filing a lawsuit in federal court requesting a temporary restraining order or preliminary injunction eliminating the requirement to collect a specified number of signatures on nomination papers to qualify for the general election in November. The motion, filed May 14 in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, names Governor Tom Wolf et al as defendants.

“Given the current situation we have few responsible or effective options,” said Green Party State Treasurer candidate Timothy Runkle in the statement. “We could either (sit) this one out or take it to the courts. “Around one third of our offices will go uncontested in the November election if people cannot meet the restrictive access requirements that are now nearly impossible to reach under the Governor’s order.”

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GPNY Statement on the murder of George Floyd and solidarity protests

ALBANY, NY – The Green Party of New York is outraged by the murder of George Floyd by former officer Derek Chauvin while fellow officers menacingly kept distressed and concerned by-standers at bay. The evidence is unequivocal that Chauvin and the other former officers killed Floyd and all of them need to be arrested, charged, and convicted for their crimes. The arrest of Derek Chavuin, while a welcome development, must be followed with the same for the other former officers.

Police murders of black and brown men and women continue with immunity while local, state and Federal politicians either offer ineffective solutions or worse yet are complicit in perpetuating the racist policies that allow these heinous acts to keep happening. The police force in Minneapolis, and across America, is shot through with racism and classism. While holding the offending officers accountable is absolutely necessary, and community control of police is an improvement, in the end the police must be dismantled as part of dismantling racist and classist systems of oppression.

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Green Party of CT Statement on the public executions of unarmed black men, women and children nationwide

HARTFORD, Ct – The video-recorded killing of George Floyd by one Minneapolis police officer while other officers participated or stood by and said nothing, and while frightened members of the public tried desperately to intervene on his behalf represents a terrifying new low in the United States. While white millionaires who have engaged in multi-million dollar fraud may spend a little time in country club prisons where their bunkmates are politicians and other well-heeled “white collar” criminals, an African American man was publicly executed without trial, based on the mere allegation that he passed a fake twenty dollar bill.

Many people will think of 2020 as the year of the coronavirus pandemic, but there is another horrific calendar for Black/African Americans and other people of color, on which the execution of George Floyd is just the most recent date marked in blood:

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Pacific Green Party nominating convention June 6

EUGENE, OR – The Pacific Green Party (PGP) nominating convention is this weekend. PGP members are invited to participate in choosing our candidates for this year’s election cycle.

Due to COVID19, the Nominating Convention will take place online via Zoom meeting on June 6 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. This year we are also going to have absentee voting online starting June 3 at 8:00 a.m., ending on June 6 at 4:30 p.m.

To take part you must preregister by filling the Nominating Convention Preregistration.

Voters registered Pacific Green for the primary election (i.e, the voter list as of April 28, 2020) are eligible to vote for candidates at the convention. Supporting members who have met the threshold for donations or equivalent volunteer time during the year ending 30 days before the convention may vote on internal party matters.

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Primary Ballot for Presidential Nominee and State Officers

To members of the Green Party of Washington State:

* YOUR BALLOT FOR PRESIDENTIAL NOMINEE AND STATE OFFICERS *

IMPORTANT: You may vote and return your ballot via email or postal mail. If you return more than one ballot, only your first ballot will be counted. Once submitted, your vote cannot be changed.

To vote via email, simply reply to the email you received with your choices marked directly on the ballot as indicated below. If you are a GPWA member and did not receive an email or need a new email ballot sent to you, please let us know –> admin@greenpartywashington.org.

To vote via postal mail, print your ballot from this page, mark your choices, and send your completed ballot to:

Green Party of Washington, PO Box 70493, Seattle WA 98127

If voting via mail, your name in the return address section of the envelope verifies your identity as the voter. Before votes are read, ballots will be separated from the envelopes. You may include as many ballots as there are members at your address.

Ballots must be emailed or postmarked by June 13th, 2020 to be valid.


GPUS Presidential Candidates

Rank your vote for each candidate on the line next to their name: “1” for your first choice, “2” for your second choice, “3” for your third choice, etc.

You may rank any or all choices below, including a write-in vote.

BALLOT – 2020 GPUS Presidential Candidates (alphabetically by last name)

______ Howie Hawkins (https://howiehawkins.us/)

______ Dario Hunter (https://www.dariohunter.com/)

______ David Rolde (https://www.davidrolde2020.org/)

______ Write-in ___________________________


Green Party of Washington Candidates

The following positions are up for election for one-year terms:

GPWA Coordinating Council – treasurer, deputy treasurer, and five at-large members

GPUS National Committee – two delegates and two alternates

GPUS Presidential Nominating Convention – five delegates and five alternates

Washington State has five delegates to the GPUS Presidential Nominating Convention – online July 11th, 2020. On the first round of voting, delegates are bound to vote proportionally in accordance with the votes cast by members of the state Green Party; on any subsequent ballot delegates are free to vote as they wish.

Nominations for all positions were made at our 2020 Spring Gathering on May 23, 2020.

Candidate statements are posted on our website at https://greenpartywashington.org/2020/05/29/gpwa-candidate-statements/.

In electing the Coordinating Council, National Committee, and Presidential Nominating Convention delegates and alternates, Green Party members should have as their goal the inclusion of differences in as many areas as possible, including but not limited to race, gender, and geography.

GPWA candidates are elected proportionally using the Gregory method of single transferable vote. See our bylaws for more information.


BALLOT – SPRING 2020 GPWA ELECTIONS (alphabetically by first name)

Rank your vote for each candidate on the line next to their name: “1” for your first choice, “2” for your second choice, “3” for your third choice, etc.

Coordinating Council – At-Large Members

Rank up to six choices:

______ Alice Green (King County)

______ Charles Law (Jefferson County)

______ Herb Camet, Jr. (King County)

______ Margaret Elisabeth (King County)

______ Noah Martin (Thurston County)

______ Richard Redick (Benton County)

Coordinating Council – Treasurer

Rank one choice:

______ Scott Thompson (Whatcom County)

Coordinating Council – Deputy Treasurer

Rank one choice:

______ Lisa Canar (King County)

Delegates to GPUS

Rank up to two choices:

______ Kyle Taylor Lucas (Thurston County)

______ Noah Martin (Thurston County)

Alternates to GPUS

Rank up to four choices:

______ Colin Bartlett (Thurston County)

______ Frank Lockwood (Benton County)

______ Herb Camet, Jr. (King County)

______ Nina Manuel (Yakima County)

Delegates/Alternates to GPUS Presidential Nominating Convention

Rank up to ten choices:

______ C.J. Sellers (King County)

______ Colin Bartlett (Thurston County)

______ Herb Camet, Jr. (King County)

______ Jody Grage (King County)

______ Jonathan Betz-Zall (King County)

______ Kyle Taylor Lucas (Thurston County)

______ Lisa Canar (King County)

______ Nina Manuel (Yakima County)

______ Noah Martin (Thurston County)

______ Phoenix Wendt (Thurston County)


BALLOT – WASHINGTON STATE PUBLIC OFFICE

The following candidate for public office has requested Green Party preferred candidate status.

Should the Green Party of Washington State grant preferred candidate status to the following candidate?

David Spring – Candidate for Superintendent of Public Instruction (https://springforbetterschools.org/)  |  Link to Candidate Questionnaire

Mark one choice:

______ Yes

______ No

______ Abstain


If you have any questions about voting in this election, please email us at admin@greenpartywashington.org before submitting your vote.

New members must have joined the Green Party of Washington by April 23, 2020 to participate and vote in our nominating process. Returning members and those whose membership has lapsed must renew their membership by May 23rd to vote.

To join, renew, or check your GPWA membership status, click here.

GPWA Candidate Statements

Candidates for GPWA offices are listed alphabetically by first name.

Note: All candidates for PNC delegate/alternate have pledged to vote in accordance with the results of our statewide primary on the first round of voting at the PNC.


ALICE GREEN – CANDIDATE FOR COORDINATING COUNCIL – AT-LARGE

“Alice Green is currently the chair of the Green Party of Seattle and is working diligently to revitalize Green activism in Seattle. She is the creative genius behind the engaging memes on the Green Party of Seattle Facebook page.” -Lisa Canar.

(I am leaving Lisa’s generous testimonial as is, mainly because of the part where she calls me a creative genius.)

In 2015 I became a member of the Green Party of Washington State as part of the ‘Action Faction’, a group of activist minded people that met weekly in the Ballard neighborhood of Seattle. Later in 2016 I became an actual member of the Green Party of Seattle. My volunteer activities included tabling, vending, signature gathering, door knocking, bannering, commenting at Seattle City Hall, wheat pasting, letter writing, helping to edit the 2018 Green Party Agenda, and attempting to update the Green Party of Seattle website. For nearly 2 years I have been an ad hoc point person for Seattle Greens and the Green Party of Seattle treasurer.

In my work life I am a Registered Nurse on a Labor & Delivery unit here in Seattle. This job is very visceral but also quite phenomenological. You can actually look at something happen and five minutes later think, “Okay, that was impossible.” The genesis of things fascinates me. I feel that Seattle is pregnant with political possibilities for Greens that have yet to be realized. The framework we have is in place but needs to be fortified with right effort and expedient means. Greens must build a more resilient and sustainable political infrastructure at our State and Local Chapter levels. I don’t pretend to know how to do this but for now it is enough to believe that it could happen on my watch, and that I am here to help if I can.


C.J. SELLERS – CANDIDATE FOR PNC DELEGATE/ALTERNATE

My name is C.J. Sellers. As I haven’t been to any in-person Green Party events since I moved from North Carolina to King County (near Duvall), introductions are particularly necessary in my case. Thank you for your consideration.

I’m pretty much an open book, if you looked me up online. I’m semi-retired out of necessity—surviving cancer one day at a time. Most of my life I worked in retail and freelanced as a writer and graphic and web designer. Lately, I continue to write, have resumed making art, and working in the garden. I love animals and wildlife and living in the mountains. I’m a pacifist and the ‘B’ and ‘Q’ in LGBTIQ. I’m an atheist. Engaged to be married. One son. Two toy dogs and a cockatiel.

As a Green, I believe most strongly in respect for diversity. I’ve been known for my tolerance and friendliness, but I can be just the opposite about some things related to my values and principles. Election process reforms, advocating for peaceful means, and building the Green Party have been my top political agendas over the past decade and a half.

My Green Party Background: I left the Democratic Party after Kerry and became a Green, and I have proudly voted Green since 2006. I jumped into Green politics in Tennessee by working on Green candidates’ campaigns for higher office. I moved to Asheville, North Carolina around 2011, and soon did a lot of organizing events around ballot access and served as co-chair of my county party for a while.

Honestly, I can’t say I succeeded at all my goals as a Green. For instance, you may have seen a post on the Facebook group where I’ve tried to organize a chapter in the rural area of Eastern Washington. I had to back off when I had a setback with chemo treatment, but since that leveled out, I’m still open to it (email me at cjrsellers@gmail.com if you want to help/join).

I’m very happy for this opportunity to make this short-term commitment to serve the party. I’m in the Howie Hawkins camp, but my intention and promise as presidential nomination committee delegate is to vote in alignment with our primary’s outcome. I’ll pay my way into the convention.

Thanks for this opportunity to pitch in, and, I look forward to meeting you and, if possible, working with you at upcoming events.

Best wishes to all,  – C.J.


CHARLES LAW (he/him/his) – CANDIDATE FOR COORDINATING COUNCIL – AT-LARGE

Charles Law is at present a GPWA Coordinating Council member. He is seeking a second term for the at-large position.

His point of political view has always been far left of center.

While president of the Whatcom County wing of Jesse Jackson’s Rainbow Coalition, he pushed the group to adopt a worker’s rights position to their local platform.

Having since moved to Port Townsend in Jefferson County, he has restarted the Green Party of the Olympic Peninsula Facebook page and is now its administrator. Charles is a general member of GPWA. This is due to the fact there isn’t an active Green Party chapter in Jefferson County.

At present, he is working to resurrect the chapter as well as establish a compost manufacturing facility in Jefferson County. Living in a local farming community, he believes everything begins with the soil. If you feed the soil, then it will feed you. He wants to capture the county’s food scraps and turn them into a quality compost. This would curtail the use of petroleum-based fertilizers.

He is dedicated to making wasted food a thing of the past and reducing our reliance on fossil fuels into the future.

Why does Charles want to retain his position with the GPWA Coordinating Council?

“The Green Party is the only party remotely serious about Climate breakdown and is willing to collaborate with other social groups to develop solutions. I want to be a part of that.”


COLIN BARTLETT – CANDIDATE FOR ALTERNATE TO GPUS AND PNC DELEGATE/ALTERNATE

I’m a queer ecosocialist and proud union member of IWW Industrial Union 640. This past year I led the cooperatization of my workplace, and in 2017, I helped manage a successful campaign to elect a Green Party housing activist to the Olympia City Council. I have been elected as Secretary for the Lavender Greens, the LGBTQ Caucus of Green Party US, and I’m the outgoing Membership Coordinator for the South Sound Green Party. I’m also proud to be a dues-paying Socialist.

I’m so excited by the candidates we have running this year, both in local races and at the top of the ticket. I think all of our recognized presidential candidates represent exciting, passionate alternatives to the stupidly cruel and lethally stagnant neoliberalism the two dominant parties represent. I’m in love with the vision for our party that they have articulated.

Growing up in Chicagoland led me to recognize the dangers of Democratic Party hegemony at an early age, and several years of houselessness taught me the importance of Mutual Aid projects and public housing and utilities for a survivable world. My education is in evolutionary theory, and I appreciate being in a political movement that centers science in its policy. I think the Green Party has a unique and necessary perspective to add to the pan-leftist project of building a just and equitable society that exists within our ecological limits. I’m dedicated to collaborating with anyone who is willing to work with us to build the Fully Automated Gay Space Communist future we all deserve.

Survival Through Solidarity!


FRANK LOCKWOOD – CANDIDATE FOR ALTERNATE TO GPUS

Frank is a former teacher, news reporter and hobby gardener who became an eco-socialist and switched to the Green Party in view of the Democratic preliminaries of 2016. Soon after, he began texting for Jill Stein and facilitated the formation of a new local Green Party – the Green Party of the Mid-Columbia in southeast Washington State. Lockwood has joined many local protests and events, and helped his wife, Laura, to organize others, including an electric vehicle show, several food swaps, local GP meetings and gatherings. He supports a climate lobby, the building of a Consolidated Crisis Response Center, a local climate lobby, sustainable city planning, and safer transportation planning. GPMC-WA was fully incorporated on January 1, 2018.

Frank is an active blogger and maintains the local GP Facebook site (https://www.facebook.com/GPMCWA/), and a local GP Facebook Discussion page (https://www.facebook.com/groups/gpmidcolumbia/). He is also the creator/developer/administrator for the GPMC-WA’s web site (www.gpmc-wa.org).

Frank says, “I really like the Green Party’s Four Principles and Ten Key Values, and I appreciate the many reflective and deep-thinking Greens I have met. Serving as an alternate to the National Council has given me insights into the behind-the-scenes workings of the National Green Party and I trust that at least some of my input has been helpful. I am committed to serving the Green Party in ways consistent with my limited knowledge, skills and background. Thank you for considering me as an alternate candidate.”


HERB CAMET, JR. — CANDIDATE FOR COORDINATING COUNCIL – AT-LARGE; ALTERNATE TO GPUS; AND PNC DELEGATE/ALTERNATE

I have joined the Green Party US as a longtime non-corporate sociopolitical activist and as an anti-corporate-oligarchy one-party “Dems&Repubs” factions political system election candidate myself in 2017 with 24,000 voters in Seattle.

The Green Party US as officially an Eco-Socialist political organization must become the main political opponent and viable election alternative to the corrupt undemocratic corporate capitalist oligarchy “Dems&Repubs” factions. It is essential to understand that there is no such thing as a “corporate progressive” as the term itself is an oxymoron and both the corporate oligarchy “Dems” & “Repubs” factions must be directly opposed and challenged by the Green Party US in politics and in elections at federal, state, and local levels.

The Green Party US and the Green Party WA both have failed to even run Eco-Socialist election candidates at most federal, state, and local levels nationwide, especially in WA State which even in the current 2020 elections has not fielded a candidate in nearly any state election. This is a chronic political and ideological failure by the Green Party US & Green Party WA officials and apparatchiks to perform their jobs to recruit & support Green Party candidates thereby depriving the entire voter electorate, and the people, of any choice or alternative to the corporate oligarchy “Dems&Repubs” factions. This failure itself smacks of collusion or tacit cooperation with the corporate oligarchy “Dems & Repubs” factions, which is a betrayal of the Green Party’s actual identity as an eco-socialist party.

It is time now for the Green Party to be reinvigorated and redeveloped as an actual effective Eco-Socialist sociopolitical force and ideological alternative throughout this country and particularly in WA State. The Green Party must expand its reachout and recruitment efforts to all voters, and to minority communities (LGBT, black, Latino, Asian, & indigenous people). Also the Green Party US should expand its “10 basic values”, which are too much like pablum & platitudes, by adding expanded definitions of intrinsic human individual & societal rights in all sociocultures & countries, including free universal healthcare from birth to death for all persons, free public education from Pre-K through Ph.D., universal access to safe & adequate permanent housing for all persons from birth to death, universal freedom from discrimination or abuse on any basis whatever for all persons, and publicly guaranteed minimum monthly income for all persons from age 17 (as proved adequate for each nation-state).

And as an internationalist myself, the Green Party US and Green Party WA must implement expanded planning, cooperation, and integration efforts and programs with all Green parties and with eco-socialist parties or groups worldwide.

I appreciate your consideration and support of my candidacy for Green Party WA internal elected posts.

Herb Camet, Jr., M.A., PCV  —  Email: hjcjr1@gmail.com


JODY GRAGE – CANDIDATE FOR PNC DELEGATE/ALTERNATE

I was born in Seattle and have been working most of my life as an activist. I taught at-risk youth in the Central Area in the early 60s, at alternative schools, and at Juvenile Hall. I have deep roots as a community activist in Ballard where I have lived since 1976. I founded and ran the Seattle Nonviolent Peacekeeper Pool for over a decade back in the day and was one of the founders of both Sustainable Seattle and Sustainable Ballard, as well as Voluntary Simplicity.

In the mid-80s I worked with the issue-based group Cascadia Green Alliance and on our newspaper “Waves”. I continued as it grew into the Green Party of Washington State serving on many working groups as well as the Coordinating Council as Treasurer and an at-large member.

I have served on the GPUS Steering Committee for several terms as an at-large member, as well as four years as Treasurer and two years as Secretary, and have been a member of the Annual National Meeting Committee, the Ballot Access Committee, the Finance Committee, GPAX – the Peace Action Committee, the Credentialing Committee and others, often as co-chair.

I bring with me institutional memory, an appetite for agendas and minutes and other necessary paperwork, a willingness to toil in the trenches, a recognition of the need to develop the robust campaign support system necessary to attract credible candidates, a vision of Green Party locals all across our state – and a feeling that the 11th Key Value is perseverance.

If elected as a PNC Delegate/Alternate I pledge to vote proportional to the vote of the GPWA membership on the first ballot, as stated in the GPWA bylaws.


JONATHAN BETZ-ZALL – CANDIDATE FOR PNC DELEGATE/ALTERNATE

Jonathan Betz-Zall helped to found the Cascadia Green Alliance (CGA), a predecessor to the Green Party of Washington, in 1986. After the CGA dissolved in the early 1990s, he went on to volunteer for the Community Coalition for Environmental Justice, the American Friends Service Committee, the Fellowship of Reconciliation, and the Nakani Native Program, where he currently serves as Treasurer. The time pressure of his current activities make it too difficult to take on regular activity with the Green Party, but he was very impressed with some of the presidential candidates who spoke at the State Meeting and he would like to help the party select the most suitable one for the 2020 campaign. He has worked on political campaigns in the past and has six years’ experience representing state-level constituents at a national level through a professional organization.

Jonathan Betz-Zall — Seattle, WA — http://ecolibrarian.org


KYLE TAYLOR LUCAS — CANDIDATE FOR DELEGATE TO GPUS AND PNC DELEGATE/ALTERNATE

T’igwicid (thank you) for considering me as a candidate to the Green Party (GP) Presidential Nominating Convention to represent Washington, and as delegate to the GPUS National Committee.

A Sdohobsch (Snohomish) woman of the Coast Salish Tulalip Tribes and a hereditary chief of the Pukaist People of the Nlaka’Pamux Nation, B.C., I’ve dedicated my life as a frontline organizer addressing social and economic justice, homelessness, criminal justice system reform, environmental justice, farmworkers rights, wild salmon recovery, climate crisis, tribal treaty and Urban Indian rights, and the crisis of violence against Indigenous women and peoples.

I chair Urban Indians Northwest—a group dedicated to uplifting the community and the struggle for inclusion. For the past three years we’ve organized rallies and direct action blockades against fracking, protected with Protectors of the Salish Sea, opposed Liquified Natural Gas (LNG), and addressed the crisis of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women (MMIW) with rallies, marches, and advocating for Urban Indians in the legislature.

As a Tumwater City Councilmember, I focused on water as a human right and worked to block planned fee increases on those seeking reconnection and threatened with water shut-off. I then advocated creation of a water and sewer assistance program to help those struggling, which became reality and helps low-income residents today. And I led the effort to ban the plastic bag with Tumwater becoming the first tri-city to do so.

An Indian policy leader in state and tribal policy executive roles for more than two decades I worked to negotiate the complex issues and delicate relations between them. As director of the Governor’s Office of Indian Affairs I managed a state agency instrumental in guiding cabinet agency appreciation of tribal culture, and the unique historical, contemporary, legal (treaties and case law), and political significance and relationship of Indian tribes to the state. Bringing people together around common goals was a cornerstone of my work and legacy in helping the state to move from a history of conflict and legal challenges to one of cooperation and collaboration.

As a freelance writer, I’ve written extensively on issues of Indigenous rights, the plight of invisible Urban Indians, migrant workers and immigration rights, criminal justice system reform, environmental justice, climate crisis, opposing war and occupation, healthcare as a human right, and the continuing impacts to Indigenous peoples from colonial oppression and unresolved historic and generational trauma.

A professionally trained and certified mediator, I hold a B.A. degree in Political Science and Native American Studies from the Evergreen State College.

I strongly support the GP Platform, Four Pillars, and 10 Key Values with the caveat I believe to ensure diversity the GP must expand its Social and Racial Justice Platform plank to address systemic racial inequity and injustice. I hope you agree my life and values striving for justice and human rights, of amplifying the voices of the oppressed, and defending the water and land—a lived experience of resistance and advocacy on behalf of the human and ecological condition merits support of my nomination.

https://about.me/KyleTaylorLucas  |  https://www.linkedin.com/in/kyletaylorlucas/


LISA CANAR (she/her) – CANDIDATE FOR DEPUTY TREASURER AND PNC DELEGATE/ALTERNATE

I have been a member of the Green Party of Seattle and Green Party of Washington since 2016. I currently volunteer as social media and communications coordinator for GPWA, and oversee our social media accounts (Facebook, Twitter), post news to our website, publicize events, and send organizational emails. I attended the GPUS annual convention in 2016 as a Presidential Nominating Convention delegate, and I have served on the GPWA Coordinating Council for four years, most recently as Deputy Treasurer. I am running to continue in the role of Deputy Treasurer for 2020-2021, and for PNC delegate/alternate.

In my professional life, I am a Medical Consultant for a diagnostic and clinical testing laboratory. I completed my training in Naturopathic and Integrative Medicine at Bastyr University.

Our health depends on the health of our communities and our planet, and on establishing a comprehensive Green agenda. In my work and activism, I strive to uphold the Green visions and values of social and racial justice, grassroots democracy, environmental justice, sustainability, non-violence, cooperation, and ecosocialism. For people, planet, and peace over profit!


MARGARET ELISABETH – CANDIDATE FOR COORDINATING COUNCIL – AT-LARGE

Thank you for the privilege of letting me earn your vote for the Coordinating Council.

My name is Margaret Elisabeth and I’d like to tell you a little about myself, my involvement with the Green Party, my activism, and my general thoughts so that you’ll have something of an understanding of who I am and what I’m about.

I am a nonbinary person and currently am the Co-Chair of the National Lavender Green Caucus, elected in April 2019 serving until April 2021, as well as the NLGC Alternate Delegate to the National Committee and one of two Media Spokespeople for the Caucus. Both positions I was elected for in our past April 2020 election. I’ll be serving a 2-year term in those capacities. Previous to my current positions in the NLGC, I was one of our National Delegates to the National Committee from 2017-2019. I take my obligations to my Caucus seriously and want to bring the same manner of serious mind to the GPWA CC should I win a seat. In those various positions, I’ve reinvigorated our Facebook Group and Community, created our YouTube and Discord Server, modernized, updated and added substantial new content to our website. I facilitate and moderate our Caucus monthly meetings and ensure that our Caucus gets its work done on the National Committees which we have reps on.

I believe in building the change we wish to see in the world. Nobody will build it for us. It’s difficult and time consuming however if we don’t do it, who will? I believe in speaking passionately and with courageous conviction regarding the values which matter to me personally, Social Justice, Non-Violence and Ecological Wisdom and I will do the same in my position on the Coordinating Committee to help our State grow and develop. Our Green ideals and values will be needed more than ever as we move, collectively, into a social milieu which will be dominated by issues of health, climate and social justice.

Please consider casting a vote for me.

Regards,  ~Margaret Elisabeth  (They/Them)


NINA MANUEL — CANDIDATE FOR ALTERNATE TO GPUS AND PNC DELEGATE/ALTERNATE

I am very passionate about the Green Party platform, the four pillars, and the ten key values. I see these as the way forward in all political contexts. I first learned of the party when we moved to Humboldt County and my Dad voted for Nader. Being in Humboldt I was introduced to the Green Party local, the Arcata Greens in California. Where at the time we had the benefit of experiencing a Green Mayor, and a local government supportive of worker-owned Cooperative based business. From that experience I felt that there is a lot we can do to more effectively improve things from the local level, so when a local opened up in our Washington Counties I jumped on board.

I would like to learn more and work to do more for growing the Green Party further, in supporting the opportunity for growing Green representation locally, and in getting our values and solutions out in a more fluid way. I feel this would be a good way to increase my personal participation, and to absorb more knowledge and experience, as well.

Nina Manuel of the Green Party of the Mid-Columbia, Yakima, WA (she/her)


NOAH MARTIN — CANDIDATE FOR COORDINATING COUNCIL – AT-LARGE; DELEGATE TO GPUS; AND PNC DELEGATE/ALTERNATE

Noah Martin has been a community activist from a young age, when he would accompany his mother to Iraq War protests and “helped” sample frog populations and survey birds to protect local wetlands. After receiving his B.A. from Oberlin College in Politics and Latin American Studies, Noah has worked managing an in-school mentoring program for at-risk youth, as a counselor in a Seattle homeless shelter, as a landscaper, as a caregiver, and even as a geoducker. Today, he works in Olympia as a policy analyst and legislative advocate for Quaker Voice, a faith-based, grassroots organization that advocates for bold ecological action, criminal justice reform, and economic justice. He has worked with a range of organizations in Olympia, including Thurston County Progressives, Just Housing, Olympia IWW, Olympia Assembly, Olympia DSA, and as a founding member of Tenants of the South Sound.

Noah decided to vote for Jill Stein in 2012, his first vote ever cast for president. Noah has been a bonafide member of the Green Party since 2016, serving as the membership coordinator for the South Sound Green Party, as its delegate to the GPWA CC, and as one of GPWA’s delegates to the NC. He has served on the Green Party’s International Committee, and is its newest Youth Delegate to the Federation of Green Parties of the Americas. He also served as volunteer coordinator and field organizer for Renata Rollins’s successful 2017 campaign to put a Green on Olympia City Council.

Noah believes that the Green Party must be built from the ground up as a revolutionary, anti-capitalist alternative to the Democratic-Republican Party, engaging in mutual aid and direct action in addition to electoral politics. He is particularly interested in seeing the national party support these local efforts. If elected, his priorities will be continuing to champion and enforce LGBTQ rights in the party, restructuring the party to better track membership and coordinate nationwide actions, and revising the platform to better match the immediate needs of youth.


PHOENIX WENDT – CANDIDATE FOR PNC DELEGATE/ALTERNATE

My name is Phoenix Wendt. I am an Ambassador and Advocate for OUR Houseless Family. I am also a Chaplain. I was born in Shelton, Washington but made Olympia, Washington my Home since 2000. I was a Sex and Work Slave for a White Supremacist, went through much Child Abuse, through the Failing of DCFS by them allowing most of my Children to be sold (1 in Heaven and 1 stolen and got adopted at least), been thru Beatings, Broken Bones, Domestic Violence, etc.

I’ve come from such a torn up past that in 2013, I ran from it all and Chose to Recreate MY LIFE! I Thank All of You who surrounded me as a Community to pull me into where I am Today. That kind of Community is Needed for so Many. Solidarity and Community are Critical for Many who have Trauma! That Purpose is Underwriting much of who I am and what I have become. I am Fighting so that Your Mother, Sister, Dad, Brother, They, etc. Family Members won’t Go or ARE Going Thru Attenuation, Persecution, Criminalization, etc.

My experience with the Green Party has had so many fronts. So many stories. Such Solidarity in this Thurston County Community and Beyond! They have Exhibited: Honor, Loyalty, Aide, Have Kept Their Word, Love, Unity, Etc! My Experience is Multiple. But here’s Two stories…

1: During the first stages of the Development of The Lawsuit against the UnConstitutional Codes that are Criminalizing OUR Houseless Family! -Patricia Delaney- was with ME/US as WE went and Established the Lawsuit in Front of the Judge and Won the First Step to be Heard! (Still much more to do. Including WE are Heading to the Washington State Supreme Court… And are Requesting for help Politically and but much more right now WE Need Attorneys)

2: During Pride of one year. I with several others had a Tent up in Support of Our houseless LGBT Family. To explain the Facts of the Persecution and Attenuation… WE got hassled by the Cops to take down the tent and since WE didn’t have a “Permit ” just verbal permission which was supposedly revoked. Being hassled to move on. -Noah Martin – reached over very determinedly and pulled the tent over and put it under the SS Green Party Booth and said, “We’ve got a permit. OUR Tent, OUR Family!” Then invited the rest of US to bring OUR Materials to display… The Cops had no choice, but to leave US Alone!

The Bannerhead of the Green Party has me honored to be part of such a Great Party. During these difficult times, WE should be careful, wise, and watching OUR Government and who WE put into place. As WE Rebuild a Hurting Nation, Individual States, with ALL Citizens, WE Need to Lose OUR Former Differences, Set Aside Wounds, Remove Barriers, Remove Laws that are not Constitutionally Just, etc. WE Need Unity and Right Respect of Family, People, Individuals, etc.

The Environment is such an issue for me as well. – the Green New Deal. In which the Green Party are Champions! The Green Party is like a Boat – Caretaking its members, but also keeping the Environment safe, and planting Trees along the way. One that I hope to have more Stories with for a long time! Our Eco System, People, and the Government are a Symbiosis, a handshake. Thus management of All levels is needed for US and OUR Future Generations!

So with Future and Present in mind. I/WE are currently Working on a Non-Profit Cooperative for the Houseless. A Self – Sustaining Community with Barter, HOUSING, and Safety! Hopefully WE can Great Assistance in Creating Such a Needful Cooperative for Our Families…

I was asked to do a Bio. My Bio is that I am Nothing Without the Father, OUR Houseless Family, but also Each of You! Yes, I am Phoenix, Risen from the Ashes and Determined. The Father has placed so many protections on His Most Vulnerable. (Please Read James Chapter 2.) Thus, I also Obey the Will of Him, Who has Sent Me. I am also Honored to have gotten to know each of the Community and South Sound Green Party… And More To Come!


RICHARD REDICK — CANDIDATE FOR COORDINATING COUNCIL – AT-LARGE AND PNC DELEGATE/ALTERNATE

Richard Redick joined the Green Party of the Mid-Columbia and the Green Party of Washington in January 2018 after spending roughly equal portions of his adult life as a Republican and as a Democrat. The events of the 2016 election cycle impelled Richard, as a matter of conscience, to permanently leave the 2-party system. With a degree in economics, and 21 years working for major corporations, he is convinced that, until Big Money is barred from influencing politics, the desires of the people will take a back seat with policy makers.

Deeply concerned, yet optimistic regarding the future, Richard sees a definite role for technology in both developing livable communities, and in linking them together in meaningful ways that are socially and ecologically healthy. He sees the Green Party platform oriented toward that constructive and hopeful end, and he is invigorated by it! Richard resides in Kennewick, Washington; presently sharing his home with 3 of his young adult children, and one playful, tabby cat.


SCOTT THOMPSON — CANDIDATE FOR COORDINATING COUNCIL – TREASURER

Scott grew up in Los Angeles but was very happy to move his family to Northwest Washington in 1993 to raise his kids in a more rural environment. Married over 38 years, he lives in a beautiful and peaceful place a bit up Sumas Mountain (in Whatcom County) enjoying time with his three grandkids. His bachelor’s degree is in Psychology with a Business minor. He worked as a Control Systems Engineer since moving to Washington, then took an early retirement in hopes of reducing his biological footprint. In 2001 he founded the Whatcom County Bicycle-Pedestrian Advisory Committee and now facilitates the local Green Party.

Scott admires all the Green Party 10 Key Values. However, he believes that Non-violence is clearly the most urgent… “Most US citizens have been manipulated into redirecting our country’s resources into unconstitutional wars that benefit international corporations and an imperialist agenda, but only harm the other 99%. If we could stop the wasteful practices of the military-industrial-intelligence complex, then we could easily implement the remaining 10 Key Values in our country. Let’s reject the fear-based narrative imposed on us from 9/11 by those that have benefited and work on awakening our fellow citizens to a brighter, sustainable future.”

Green Party Presidential Forum – Videos

Thank you to all who attended our online Spring Gathering!

If you missed the afternoon session with our Green Party presidential and vice-presidential candidates, you may watch the videos here on our new YouTube channel! And remember to ‘Subscribe’ to our channel for video updates!


All votes in the Green Party of Washington Presidential Primary will be cast by Green Party members on a ranked-choice ballot sent out via email (or postal mail) after the Gathering.

Ballots and candidate statements will be emailed (or postal mailed to members without email addresses) within one week after the Spring Gathering, and returned ballots must be sent back (emailed or postmarked) no later than 21 days after the close of the Gathering — i.e., by Saturday June 13th, 2020. Members may choose to return their ballot via email or postal mail.

More information on the 2020 Green Party Presidential candidates.

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