Arizona Green Party

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Arizona Green Party
Chairperson Maritza Broce, Angel Torres
Senate leader None
House leader None
Headquarters P.O. Box 60173, Phoenix, AZ 85082
Ideology Green politics
American Progressivism
Social democracy
National affiliation Green Party
Colors Green
Seats in the Upper House
Seats in the Lower House
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Green politics
Sunflower symbol
Activists of the Arizona Green Party collecting signatures for ballot status.

The Green Party of Arizona is the affiliate of the Green Party in Arizona. It was founded by Carolyn Campbell and others in the 1990s. In 2006 the Arizona Green Party and the Pima County Green Party hosted the 2006 annual national meeting of the Green Party of the United States in Tucson, Arizona.

The Arizona Green Party is perhaps best known for its strong stances on immigration. It proposes that the urban walls on the border be dismantled and the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) be repealed for the sake of the thousands of immigrants who die while trying to cross the border.[citation needed]

In 2016 the Arizona Greens successfully sued Arizona to ensure their presidential nominee, Jill Stein, was placed on the ballot after the party failed to submit a slate of Presidential electors on time.[1]

Ballot access[edit]

In 2008, the Arizona Green Party gathered enough signatures to gain ballot access.[2] The party had worked with Arizona's ballot access laws, achieving ballot access for the 2000 election cycle, then losing it again in 2004. On March 6, 2008 the Arizona deadline for ballot access, the Arizona Green Party submitted 29,300 signatures on its petition for party recognition. The legal requirement is 20,449. On April 9, 2008 the Arizona Secretary of State announced that the Arizona Green Party had enough valid signatures to be recognized as an official political party. On February 10, The national Green Party’s ballot access committee had appropriated $4,000 to assist the Arizona Green Party's petition effort.[3]

The Arizona Green Party again qualified for the ballot in 2010 on April 15.[4] It needed 20,449 signatures by March 11, 2010, and they tuned in 29,015 signatures to the Arizona Secretary of State.[5]

On April 28, 2011, Governor Jan Brewer signed HB 2304, which says that when a new party qualifies, it is entitled to be on the ballot in the next two elections, not just the next election. As a result, the Green Party is now automatically on the ballot for 2012, because it had successfully petitioned in 2010.[6][7]

The green party lost its ballot access after the 2012 election and did not field candidates in 2014. It successfully regained access for 2016 and 2018 as a new political party.[8]


Prominent Green candidates in Arizona have included Vance Hansen, who ran for the US Senate in 2000 and received 108,926 votes, Claudia Ellquist who ran for Pima County Attorney in 2004 on a platform largely focused on declaring a moratorium on the death penalty, and Dave Croteau who ran for mayor of Tucson in 2007 on a platform of relocalization and received over 28% of the vote.[citation needed] The party is also home to noted Tucson area water-access activist John Kromko.

The AZGP also paid to put two statements in an Arizona voter's guide on ballot initiatives and referendums in 2006. One statement opposed Arizona Proposition 107, which bans civil unions and the second favored Arizona Proposition 202, which raises the Arizona minimum wage to $6.75/hr.

Primary Results[edit]

The Arizona Green Party held its primary on March 22. Jill Stein won with 80% of the vote, and the overall number of voters that took place in the primary saw an increase from 561 in 2012 to 817 in 2016.[9] Only two candidates qualified for the primary:[10]

Arizona Green Party presidential primary, March 22, 2016[11]
Candidate Votes Percentage National delegates
Jill Stein 666 82% 5
Kent Mesplay 151 18% 1
Write-in/Blank 18 2% -
Total 817 100.00% 6

Presidential nominee results[edit]

Year Nominee Votes
1996 Ralph Nader 2,062 (0.15%)
2000 Ralph Nader 45,645 (3.00%)
2004 David Cobb (write-in) 138
2008 Cynthia McKinney 3,406 (0.15%)
2012 Jill Stein 7,816 (0.34%)
2016 Jill Stein 34,345 (1.34%)

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Services, Howard Fischer, Capitol Media. "Green Party makes it onto Arizona ballot – Arizona Capitol Times". Retrieved 12 October 2016. 
  2. ^ Pitzl, Mary Jo (20 April 2008). "Green Party wins ballot status". Arizona Central. Archived from the original on 2008-09-12. Retrieved 15 October 2016. 
  3. ^ "Ballot Access News » Blog Archive » National Green Party Helps Arizona Green Party with Ballot Access". Retrieved 2010-09-04. 
  4. ^ "Arizona Says Green Party Petition is Valid - Ballot Access News". Retrieved 12 October 2016. 
  5. ^ "Arizona Greens Submit 29,015 Signatures for Party Status - Ballot Access News". Retrieved 12 October 2016. 
  6. ^ "May 2011 Ballot Access News Print Edition - Ballot Access News". Retrieved 15 October 2016. 
  7. ^ "Arizona Secretary of State Confirms that Green Party is On Ballot for 2012 - Ballot Access News". Retrieved 12 October 2016. 
  8. ^ "The Green Party is back on the ballot". Retrieved 12 October 2016. 
  9. ^ "Arizona Green Party Presidential Primary Results". Ballot Access News. 2016-03-23. Retrieved 2016-03-23. 
  10. ^ "Two Candidates Qualify for Arizona Green Party Presidential Primary; Six Qualify for Democratic Primary". Ballot Access News. 2015-12-14. Retrieved 2016-02-20. 
  11. ^ "Unofficial 2016 Presidential Preference Election Results". Retrieved 23 March 2016. 

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