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The Green Party has been advocating for a massive jobs and public works program to transition our energy infrastructure rapidly over to renewable energy for more than a decade . The project truly began with a Global Greens ‘Green New Deal Task Force’, first formulated in 2006. It was brought into American Green political campaigns by Howie Hawkins when he ran for governor in 2014 . Next Jill Stein and Ajamu Baraka highlighted it in their 2016 presidential campaign  while many more American Green candidates have run campaigns using it since that time.Read more
The recent election for governor showed more New Yorkers voting, and more voting for Gov. Andrew Cuomo and fewer for minor party candidates.
Howie Hawkins was the Green Party candidate for governor of New York in both 2014 and 2018. In 2014, Hawkins got 5 percent of the vote, an impressive total for a minor party candidate. But this year, Hawkins got less than 2 percent of the vote, and the other minor party candidates for governor – Libertarian Larry Sharpe, 1.5 percent; and Serve America Movement candidate Stephanie Miner, less than 1 percent – did worse than Hawkins.Read more
But the biggest winner among the losers on election night was Green Party gubernatorial candidate Howie Hawkins who came in third behind Cuomo and Republican Marc Molinaro – enough votes for the Greens to keep ballot access and remain a force on the fringes of state politics....
[Stephanie Miner's] bid to win the governor’s mansion as a third-party candidate was doomed from the start – she wasn’t even the highest vote-getter from Syracuse, Hawkins was – but she got just enough to get the party recognition in New York.Read more
Your Editorial Board was a steadfast supporter of Mayor Stephanie Miner throughout her term and supported Marc Molinaro against Gov. Andrew Cuomo. The election results for the city of Syracuse, the heart of your circulation area, had Cuomo winning with close to 67 percent, Marc Molinaro at 21.9 percent, Howie Hawkins at 5.3 percent and Stephanie Miner at 3.8 percent. There is clearly a significant disconnect between the positions of the editorial board and those of your readers, and considering these different realities, perhaps the Board needs to gain a better perspective. We believe performance matters in government and citizens value results and progress.
Former Communications Director
This year's gubernatorial results were not as promising as four years ago for the Green Party, which saw its share of the vote shrink from about 5 percent to less than 2 percent. As a result, Howie Hawkins, who carried the party's mantle both times, anticipated they won't have the "same leverage" in Albany.
The Green Party will also move down the ballot from fourth position to fifth.
Hawkins said the party's focus moving forward will continue to be on issue-oriented activism, prioritizing climate change, campaign finance reform and working-class protections.Read more
Hawkins and the Greens’ lieutenant governor hopeful Jia Lee won 95,716 votes across the state for the Green Party, and ensured their party line status for the next four years. This is the first time in state history that a candidate has won a ballot line three consecutive times for a third party in the gubernatorial elections.
“We have secured a Green Party ballot line in New York state for three consecutive elections by running our own candidates instead of running a major party candidate on our line. That’s a significant achievement in a system designed to create so-called third parties that merely function as extra ballot lines for the Democratic and Republican parties,” Hawkins said.Read more
Hudson Mohawk Magazine correspondents JP and Mark speak with New York gubernatorial candidate Howie Hawkins of the Green Party.
The Green Party gained ballot status in Massachusetts and maintained ballot status in Connecticut, the District of Columbia (DC), Michigan, and New York. In DC, Massachusetts and Michigan, multiple candidates got the required votes for ballot status, and Howie Hawkins broke a New York record by winning the ballot line for a third party in three consecutive gubernatorial elections. http://www.gp.org/hawkins_for_3rd_time_wins_ballot_status_in_nyRead more
The Green Party candidates for statewide office finished in a distant third on election day, but the party still sees some positives in the results.
Gubernatorial candidate Howie Hawkins got nearly 100,000 votes, securing the party's ballot line for the next four years, and doing better than the other two minor party candidates on the ballot.
Mark Dunlea is one of the co-founders of the New York Green Party and the 2018 comptroller candidate.