ALBANY — Mounting his latest gubernatorial bid under the Green Party banner, Howie Hawkins knows its unlikely the third time will be the charm on Election Day.
Instead, the perennial candidate from Syracuse, who on Thursday quietly announced his candidacy in Albany to handful of reporters, is hoping his campaign will help build the party's infrastructure and continue to move the state forward on progressive issues.
"You don't have to win the office to make a difference, and we've made a difference," said Hawkins, who came in third in 2014 with 184,419 votes. Despite not being victorious, he said Gov. Andrew Cuomo co-opted at least 19 of their positions to win over those Green Party voters. He pointed to the state's moratorium on fracking, the increase in the minimum wage increases and establishment of a paid family leave program as initiatives that grew out of the Green Party's agenda.
The Green Party will have a candidate for governor again. Howie Hawkins officially announced his campaign this year, after running in 2010 and 2014. And since the last campaign, Governor Cuomo has moved to the left, politically speaking, and his primary opponent, Cynthia Nixon, so far appears to be ever further to the left on many issues. But there are still plenty of issues where the Green Party's position is different. Joining us in studio to talk more about his campaign is Howie Hawkins.
Will the third time be the charm? Howie Hawkins hopes so.
The Syracuse resident announced Thursday he will seek the Green Party nomination to run for Governor of New York. Hawkins was the Green Party candidate in the 2010 and 2014 elections for governor. Since Hawkins obtained more than 50-THOUSAND votes in 2010, the Green Party has an automatic spot on the New York ballot. As he seeks the state’s top spot, Hawkins says he is running for Governor to demand more progressive reforms and system change.
Hawkins finished 3rd in the 2014 Gubernatorial race.
A former UPS worker from Syracuse, Hawkins is the Green Party's pick for governor.
ALBANY - Howie Hawkins, whose 2014 run for governor cemented the Green Party on New York's political ballots, will run again this fall.
Hawkins, of Syracuse, launched his gubernatorial campaign Thursday near the state Capitol, vowing to push a liberal-leaning agenda in hopes of forcing other candidates to the left.
"Progressives need to raise our expectations and demand more," Hawkins said. "We are demanding a change to the system."
With the Green Party's support, Hawkins will be on the ballot this fall, when Gov. Andrew Cuomo, a Democrat, hopes to seek a third term.
A frequent candidate for office, Hawkins picked up more than 180,000 votes in the 2014 election, vaulting the Green Party to the fourth line on New York ballots for the next for years. He ran in 2010, as well.
Each party's candidate for governor must get at least 50,000 votes in order for the party to keep an automatic position on New York ballots.
At his campaign kick-off Thursday, Hawkins called for a ban on new fossil-fuel infrastructure, passage of a bill that would create a single-payer health care system and a quicker shift to renewable energy.
Cuomo, meanwhile, is facing a Democratic primary challenge from Sex and the City star Cynthia Nixon. Republicans Marc Molinaro, John DeFrancisco and Joseph Holland are seeking their party's nomination.
ALBANY — Howie Hawkins, who will run for governor for the third time as the Green Party candidate, says his campaign will help make a ban on new natural gas infrastructure, full funding for schools and single-payer health care a reality in New York.
"What our little Green Party does in New York matters," Hawkins said in Albany as he announced his candidacy on Thursday. "You don't have to win the office to make the difference."
Hawkins won 170,000 votes four years ago, a total that helped position the Green Party as the fourth on the ballot, ahead of the Working Families Party, which is currently mulling whether to endorse Gov. Andrew Cuomo or his challenger, actor Cynthia Nixon.
The field in the race for governor is getting a little more crowded.
Howie Hawkins is running again as a Green Party candidate. He is calling for a more progressive agenda for the state. This is his third run for governor. He finished third in the 2014 election with more than 150-thousand votes.
SYRACUSE– Howie Hawkins of Syracuse announced his intention to run for New York Governor yesterday.
Hawkins says he’s running to quote, “demand more progressive reforms and system change”. Hawkins finished 3rd in the 2014 Gubernatorial race via the Green Party ticket. He says he’ll campaign as an eco-socialist, and that its time to quote, “clean up the corruption in Albany”. Hawkins, a recently retired Teamster, will ask for the Green Party nomination at its state convention in Albany May 19th.