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Are you a Green who lives in St. Louis’ Ward 8?

Due to a resignation in Ward 8 of St. Louis City, there will be a special election to fill the Alderperson position.

If you have lived in Ward 8 for at least a year and share Green Party values
(see http://www.gateway-greens.org/content/gateway-greens-2015-platform), you may be eligible to receive our nomination.

In order to be endorsed by the Green Party of St. Louis, you need to:

1. Contact Elston McCowan right away at 314-496-7861.
2. Join the Green Party of St. Louis (if you are not already a member).
3. Talk with Green Party members about your potential candidacy at its December 20 meeting.

The special election is February 13, 2018; but the Green Party will select its candidate and begin campaigning well before then. The filing deadline is January 12, 2018.

Green Party US: Expanding Ballot Access in 2018

Last year the Green Party gained national visibility and reached a peak of 5% support in mid-summer polls. As the election drew closer, support gradually fell to 1.1% on election day. While a number of factors were at play, the lack of ballot lines in several large states was among them.

The 1.5 million votes received by Jill Stein in 2016 is three times her vote total in 2012. It is nine times the votes received by former congresswoman Cynthia McKinney in 2008, and twelve times the vote for David Cobb in 2004. While the Green Party presidential vote in 2016 is only 51% of our vote for Ralph Nader in 2000, it is double the vote for Nader’s best run as an independent.

There is talk of forming a new progressive party, yet the Green Party has consistently outperformed other progressive and Leftist parties and candidates. We have gotten more presidential votes in each election since 1996 than all other left parties combined. The Green Party has also run more candidates and won more seats at every level of government.

Beyond our presidential candidate on 45 state ballots, in 2016 and 2017 we had 25 other statewide candidates, 56 US house candidates, and 400 additional state and local candidates. Eighty of these won elected office.

We are entering a key election year, yet we have remarkably low financial reserves and are facing cuts to our party’s proposed budget across the board. There are a number of states which we could gain a ballot line in 2018, and maintain it through 2020 with a modest vote threshold. These include Idaho where we need 13,800 signatures, Indiana where we need 26,700 signatures, and Nevada where we need 10,800 signatures. These are achievable goals if we can muster the resources to help these states. With your support we can complete 2018 with over 25 retained ballot lines, putting us in a strong position entering the next election cycle.

After a stunning loss in 2016, the Democratic Party establishment elected the same old guard to congressional and party leadership. Meanwhile the Republican Party is struggling to deal with divisions and corruption. Puerto Rico is suffering the devastating aftermath of Hurricane Maria while the US delays and obstructs aid delivery, in a déjà vu of Clinton’s mismanagement of aid to Haiti after the 2010 earthquake. This month Congress passed a $700 billion defense appropriation bill with bipartisan support. This week the Keystone pipeline leaked 600,000 gallons of oil, almost on cue to remind us that the current fossil fuel economy must not continue. Sexual harassment scandals have awakened the public to the need for open dialogue on feminism and power relations in the workplace and in Congress.

The climate is right for Green Party values of social justice, nonviolence, ecology and democracy.

We need your contribution to put these values on ballots across the country. Please step up your support so that we can step up the Green Party’s involvement where it will count the most. Give generously to help us make a Green future possible. Help us make next year a steady climb to overgrow the government.

In solidarity,

Jody Grage
Charles Sherrouse
Ballot Access Committee co-chairs

https://gpus.nationbuilder.com/donate_green_party

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First Greens Announce 2018 Candidacies!

 

Two members of our Green Alliance of Southwest Missouri chapter declared their candidacies at a press conference on November 21, 2017. Preston Reynolds is running to be the Carterville City Councilman from Ward 3 and Conon Gillis is running to be the State Senator from District 32. This is a historic event, giving voters in Southwest Missouri the opportunity to vote Green for the first time in these districts! Voters in Carterville will be able to vote for Preston Reynolds on General Municipal Election Day, April 3, 2018. Voters in district 32 will be able to vote for Conon Gillis at the Primary Election on August 7, 2018 by asking for the Green Party ballot at the polls and again in the General Election on November 6, 2018.

 

News coverage:

http://www.koamtv.com/clip/13926718/green-party-9-1121

http://www.koamtv.com/clip/13926598/candidate-reveal-9-1121

http://www.fox14tv.com/story/36902094/green-party-candidate-reveal

 

The Green Road to 2018

These are only the first of our candidates gearing up for 2018. We’ll be announcing other candidate filings on our website and on social media, as well as endorsements. Keep track of where Greens are running in Missouri by visiting our Current Candidates page.

 

Our Elections Committee is looking to fill Missouri 2018 ballots with qualified candidates. Our top priority is to have Greens run for the two statewide offices on the ballot in 2018: U.S. Senator and State Auditor. Getting over 2% of the vote for statewide candidates maintains our statewide ballot access and official party status for 4 years after the election. We also aim to run in many of the uncontested state and local races with only one major party candidate. Missouri voters deserve real choices, especially in these types of races. However, we are committed to running quality candidates wherever we can because the Green Party has the solutions necessary for our time of crisis.

 

Check your voter registration and register to vote if necessary. Find out which political districts you are in and where your voting place is at. Learn which offices are on the ballot in 2018 by visiting the Secretary of State’s website and your local election board (for local races). Pay attention to election dates, candidate filing deadlines, and voter registration deadlines. Please contact us if you want to learn more about being a Green Party candidate. Our broken political system will not change unless more citizens get involved.

 

Southwest MO Candidate Reveal & Press Conference

Candidate Reveal & Press Conference
November 21st 2017 5pm-7pm
***FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE***

WHAT: Candidate Reveal & Press Conference
WHEN: Tuesday, November 21st 2017
TIME: 5:00PM – 7:00PM
WHERE: Joplin Public Library (Community Room)
CONTACT: Ron Burch (417) 310-3700
Greenallianceswmo@gmail.com

Join us at the Joplin Public Library on November 21st at 5pm for our HISTORIC candidate announcements!

For too long candidates have ran unchecked and uncontested in Representative & Senate races across Southwest Missouri. Uncontested elections like these don’t even give the illusion of a Democracy like what was envisioned by our countries founders.

Missourians deserve REAL choices & for the 1st time in Missouri history Green Party candidates will be poised to challenge our established representatives on the 2018 ballot. Green candidates that are passionate, energetic, ethical & have a real vision of a better Missouri that works for all of us!

Press conference will kick-off just after 5pm with candidate announcements for Missouri State Senate. Interested in finding out who? Come to this public event & tune in!

After the announcements meet with our candidates, ask questions and learn more about their policies and positions! Snacks and refreshments will be provided! Come celebrate this HISTORIC occasion with us! This event is open to the public and goes until 7pm!

http://greenallianceswmo.com/press-releases

Kansas City Heart of America Chapter’s Statement on Daniel Trott Ending His Candidacy for District 23 State Representative

The Missouri Green Party and its Kansas City Chapter intend to use our recently won statewide ballot access to run candidates wherever we can in order to give Missourians a fresh alternative to the corrupt capitalist parties. We were excited at the opportunity to participate in the November 2017 special election for District 23 state representative and share our perspective with the voters there. Our party and our candidate threw ourselves into campaigning.

 

Unfortunately, after the campaign was underway, some information came to our attention that made us lose confidence that Daniel Trott could represent our 10 Key Values as our candidate. We discussed this matter with Daniel and agreed that it would be best to end his campaign. Our chapter has also withdrawn our endorsement of his candidacy. Regrettably, it was too late to remove Daniel’s name from the ballot. We hope that our public statement will sufficiently alert Green voters that the Kansas City Chapter of the Missouri Green Party is urging people not to vote for Daniel Trott in the special election.

 

This is not to say that the Green Party is supporting another candidate in this race. Unfortunately, neither of two other candidates represent Green values. Martin and Washington are both members of a capitalist party.

 

Even though we are deeply disappointed about this situation, we are committed to transform society to one built on Green values, to be the radical alternative that is necessary to confront issues that the capitalist parties ignore. To do so, our party and our candidates must authentically reflect those values in our personal lives and internal processes. Political power without integrity is too common in our country’s politics and has resulted in the many disasters and tragedies humanity and the earth are experiencing. We refuse to compromise our principles for a shot at winning an election because that would compromise the very reason we are involved in politics. So, we’re going to take all that we’ve learned during this campaign and bring a harder and stronger challenge to the corporate duopoly in 2018. Greens in Kansas City will continue to show up in solidarity with communities that are in struggle. And it means we will continue to recognize and develop leadership within the working class and front line communities so that candidates arise from those communities. We hope that you will join us!

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