Friday, June 6, 2014
In June 3rd primary elections, Mendocino County Green Supervisor Dan Hamburg was re-elected to office, returning as the highest elected Green in the state.
Statewide, Ellen Brown received 6.4% for Treasurer, the highest percentage ever for a California Green in a statewide partisan election.
Both Brown and Wells made campaigning for a publicly owned state bank a main priority, which Brown says would lead to “prosperity not austerity, stimulate the economy and create jobs, restore low-cost higher education, build 21st-century infrastructure and relieve the state’s debt burden.” Both felt the support they received affirms the need for the Governor and legislature to turn the public state bank concept into a reality for our state.
Green gubernatorial candidate Luis J. Rodriguez talked about the movement-building aspect of his campaign: “The 46,000 Californians who voted for me did so with a purpose: overwhelmingly they were the grassroots leaders fighting poverty, injustice, environmental degradation and economic distress and those they brought to the polling places. Against overwhelming odds, we succeeded in creating a voice and choice for the most dispossessed.
Green Secretary of State candidate David Curtis – who received notoriety during the campaign by being excluded by the Sacramento Press Club from a candidate debate that included two candidates behind him in the Field Poll – ironically, while he was campaigning for greater democratization of the state’s electoral system – received a high of 8.1% in Mendocino County and 6.6% in San Francisco. Also in San Francisco – the state’s fourth largest city – Brown received 11.1% and Wells 8.8%.
In all but one case, Green statewide candidates finished first among all candidates who either represented 3rd parties or who expressed no party preference, and in some cases, finished ahead of Democrats and Republicans. “I think this indicates that the Green Party’s message still resonates with voters in California”, said Goodman, who finished second to incumbent Gavin Newsom in San Francisco.
Wells, who campaigned with Brown specifically as ‘no-corporate-money’ candidates, added “this was achieved with without taking any corporate money by any of our Green candidates. This is a sign that voters want to take back their democracy from the 1%, by supporting candidates free of corporate influence.”