Maryland Green Party

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Maryland Green Party
Ideology Green politics
National affiliation Green Party of the United States
Colors Green
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Maryland Green Party
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The Maryland Green Party is the state party organization for Maryland of the Green Party of the United States.

The Maryland Green Party qualified as a recognized political party on August 17, 2000,[1] since that time the party has grown dramatically and as of June 30, 2007 there were 8,108 Greens in Maryland.[2]

During the 2006 elections, U.S. Senate candidate Kevin Zeese became the first Maryland Green Party candidate for statewide office to be invited to debate the major party candidates. Zeese went on to finish third with over twenty-five thousand (25,000) votes.[3] That same year Green Ed Boyd became the first African-American candidate for Governor of Maryland. He received approximately 15,000 votes.

In April 2007, some say that the party had its first victory (although non-partisan) when one of its candidates Mike Cornell was elected with 88 votes [4] to the Columbia Council, an unincorporated community run by a nonprofit homeowners association known as of the Columbia Association in Columbia. Cornell is one of 10 representatives that form the Columbia Council. Residents elect council representatives from each of Columbia's nine villages and Town Center.[5] This position is not a government office.

In the November 2007 elections, Dan Robinson was elected to the non-partisan seat of Takoma Park Town Council Ward 3. He finished first of two candidates for one seat with 234 votes or 67.6%.[6] Robinson ran for the same office in 2003 finishing 2nd in a two candidate race with 183 votes, or 35%.[7]

In September 2010, Green Party nominee for U.S. Senate Natasha Pettigrew was killed while biking when she was hit by a Cadillac Escalade.[8] She was replaced by her mother, Keniss Henry. Henry received 20,717 votes (1.13%).[9]

In January 2015, the Maryland State Board of Elections determined that the party's petition was sufficient and it would be on the ballot through at least 2018.[10]

Presidential election results[edit]

Year Nominee Votes
1996 Ralph Nader (write-in) 2,606 (0.15)
2000 Ralph Nader 53,768 (2.65%)
2004 David Cobb 3,632 (0.15%)
2008 Cynthia McKinney 4,747 (0.18%)
2012 Jill Stein 17,110 (0.63%)

Elected officials[edit]

  • Michael Cornell, City Council (District: River Hill) Columbia (Howard County) [11]
  • Gary Hull, Town Council Sharpsburg (Washington County) [12]
  • Dan Robinson, Town Council Ward 3, Takoma Park (Montgomery County) [13]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Maryland Green Party". Mdgreens.org. 2000-08-17. Retrieved 2010-09-04. 
  2. ^ "06 JuneTOTALS.XLS" (PDF). Retrieved 2010-09-04. 
  3. ^ "Maryland 2006 Midterm Election". Thegreenpapers.com. Retrieved 2010-09-04. 
  4. ^ http://216.92.191.78/elections/candidates.php?candidateId=2698&electionId=313&year=
  5. ^ [1][dead link]
  6. ^ "2007.11.12: More Green wins and impressive percentages in November 6 local elections". Gp.org. Retrieved 2010-09-04. 
  7. ^ http://216.92.191.78/elections/candidates.php?candidateId=1739&electionId=140&year=
  8. ^ Hiskes, Jonathan (September 23, 2010). "Maryland Green Party Senate candidate killed by SUV while cycling". Grist. Retrieved 17 January 2015. 
  9. ^ Bell, Melissa (December 22, 2010). "Natasha Pettigrew (1980-2010): For Senate hopeful, ordinary challenges were never enough". The Washington Post. Retrieved 17 January 2015. 
  10. ^ Winger, Richard (January 17, 2015). "Maryland Green Party is Back on Ballot". Ballot Access News. Retrieved 17 January 2015. 
  11. ^ "Green Party of the United States | Candidate Details". Gp.org. 2007-04-21. Retrieved 2010-09-04. 
  12. ^ "Green Party of the United States | Candidate Details". Gp.org. 2006-11-07. Retrieved 2010-09-04. 
  13. ^ "Green Party of the United States | Candidate Details". Gp.org. 2007-11-06. Retrieved 2010-09-04. 

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