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Green Victories

Greens continue to win elections around the country but you wouldn't know this if you had to rely on corporate media. Here is some information on November 6, 2007 electoral victories.
CALIFORNIA  http://www.cagreens.org

Larry Bragman and Lew Tremain were re-elected to the Fairfax City Council. Mr. Bragman finished first with 40.74%, and Mr. Tremain finished second with 29.66 %. Three candidates competed for two seats.  http://www.co.marin.ca.us/depts/rv/main/CurrentElection/Results.htm

CONNECTICUT  http://www.ctgreens.org

Alan Brison scored an upset victory in his race for Ward 10 Alderman in New Haven. Mr. Brison beat his competition by 100 votes in the East Rock and Cedar Hill neighborhoods.

Jean deSmet was elected First Selectman of the town of Windham. (At 9:30 pm on Tuesday, Ms. deSmet was 120 votes ahead of the Democrat and far ahead of the Republican.) Ms. deSmet is also co-chair of the Green Party of Connecticut.

Hector Lopez (incumbent) and Erik Eisenberg were elected to Constable positions in New Canaan.


Write-in candidate Lief Smith won his race for Redding Constable.

ILLINOIS  http://www.ilgp.org

The Illinois Green Party met the early filing deadline on November 6 for placing presidential, congressional, and other candidates on the ballot for the state's February 5 primary. In 2006, Illinois Greens who their ballot line, overcoming difficult ballot access rules and obstruction efforts by Gov. Rod Blagojevich, who used $800,000 in taxpayers' money trying to block the Green Party. Green gubernatorial candidate Rich Whitney drew over 10% in 2006, more than twice Illinois' 5% requirement to maintain ballot access. According to Phil Huckelberry, chair of the Illinois Green Party's government and elections committee, the party has set a goal of having 100 to 110 state and local candidates on ballots in 2008. For more information on Illinois Green races, contact Mr. Huckelberry at 309-268-9974 or < phil.huckelberry@gmail.com>.

MAINE  http://www.mainegreens.org

John Anton won his race for Portland City Council. Mr. Anton finished first among four candidates for two at-large seats, drawing 6,320 votes or 29.04%.


Dan Robinson won his race for Tacoma Park Town Council Ward 3 with 67.6% of the vote.

MASSACHUSETTS  http://www.massgreens.org

Chuck Turner easily won reelection to Boston City Council (District 7) with 81% of the vote.

Luc Schuster won reelection to the Cambridge School Committee, finishing fourth out of nine candidates for six seats. Mr. Schuster received 1,658 first place votes.

NEW YORK  http://www.gpnys.org

David Lussier, running in a partisan race for County Legislature (District 7) in Albany, has a five vote lead with all machine votes in on Election Night. 90 affidavit and absentee ballots remain to be counted on November 14. Mr. Lussier's 531 votes places him ahead of Democrat Brian Scavo (526 votes). Mr. Lussier campaigned vigorously among absentee ballot voters, and Greens are optimistic that his victory will be confirmed.


Sam Ettaro won as a write-in candidate for Curwensville Borough in Clearfield County.

VIRGINIA  http://www.vagreenparty.org

Three Virginia Green were elected to local Soil and Water Conservation Boards: Chris Simmons in Loudon County; Kathleen Harrigan (write-in) for the Tri-County Soil and Water commission in Fredericksburg; and Daniel Metraux in Staunton.