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Nearly a quarter of the votes in New York’s last race for governor did not go to the Republican or Democratic line. A lot of those votes went to the major candidates running on other ballot lines, like the Conservatives’ or the Working Families Party’s. Some were blank, or write-ins. But more than 200,000 people voted for actual third-party candidates, the vast majority of those for Howie Hawkins, who in his second run for governor as the Green Party nominee netted nearly 5 percent of the vote.
Hawkins, a former construction worker and UPS worker, is on the ballot for a third time. He told WBAI’s Max & Murphy on Wednesday that he feels his strong showing in 2014 helped push the state left. And given the increasing leftward tilt of state politics, Hawkins is hopeful that this year the Greens will eclipse the vote total for the Conservatives, who have cross-nominated Republican Marc Molinaro, and move into the third slot on future ballots behind the Democrats and Republicans. His pitch to voters includes ideas like new public housing and a guaranteed minimum income.
If Hawkins, 21 times an unsuccessful candidate for office as a Green, has been fighting on the outside for years, Stephanie Miner has moved from the inside out. A two-term Democratic mayor of Syracuse who once co-chaired the state Democratic Party, she considered challenging Gov. Andrew Cuomo for the Democratic nomination this year, but opted instead for an independent bid on the newly crafted Serve America line. Miner told Ben Max and I about her nuanced views on the process behind the SAFE Act, her plans to go beyond rent regulation in protecting affordable housing and whether she worries that she will draw votes from the Democrats (she is still registered with them) and help boost the chances for Molinaro to return Republicans to the governor’s mansion for the first time in a dozen years.
The full show and individual interviews are below.
September 26, 2018 - Max & Murphy Podcast: Howie Hawkins, Green Party Nominee for Governor
For the third straight election cycle, Howie Hawkins is the Green Party nominee for Governor. He's improved the Green Party vote total each of his previous two runs, earning 5% of the vote in 2014, and is hoping to eclipse prior totals this year. Arguing that he is the true progressive alternative to Governor Andrew Cuomo, Hawkins is running on a socialist, "Green New Deal" agenda that includes single-payer health care, an aggressive shift to clean energy, and much more, as well as raising taxes on top earners. He joined the show to discuss his candidacy and the race.
Interview runs from 17:20 to 37:40.
Howie Hawkins joins Buff to talk about the Green Party platform, his candidacy for Governor, the myth of the 3rd party spoiler and why Democrats don't vote for a party often more aligned with their beliefs than the mainstream party.
Green Party candidate Howie Hawkins visited us in the studio this morning to discuss his run for New York State Governor.