Green Party of Alaska

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Green Party of Alaska
Headquarters P.O. Box 112947, Anchorage, Alaska 99551
Ideology Green politics
National affiliation Green Party of the United States
Colors Green
Alaska Greens
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The Green Party of Alaska[1] is the state party organization for Alaska of the Green Party of the United States of America.[2] Alaska was the first state to gain Green Party ballot access, in 1990, when Jim Sykes ran for governor. Sykes had previously filed a ballot access lawsuit, citing an earlier case, Vogler v. Miller.

Like the Alaska Libertarian Party, the Green Party organizes local affiliate groups by regions of the state rather than election districts. It is known for calling these groups bioregions. The organized bioregions of the GPAK include the Southcentral Bioregion (Anchorage area) and the Tanana-Yukon Bioregion (the Interior, around the Tanana and Yukon River areas).

The Green Party of Alaska has gained more than 10% of the votes in past presidential and congressional elections. The most notable example was in 2000, when Alaska voters gave presidential candidate Ralph Nader his highest state percentage. Nader made headlines when he carried the Girdwood precinct, located at the extreme southern end of Anchorage corporate limits. In 1996, the party's U.S. Senate nominee Jed Whittaker came in second, out-polling Democratic nominee Theresa Obermeyer, who had been disowned by her party.

The first election victory associated with the party was in 1991, when Kelley Weaverling was elected mayor of Cordova.[3][4] Municipal elections in Alaska are nonpartisan, though Weaverling's association with the party was highly publicized at the time.

In 2005, the party sued the State of Alaska over the issue of joint primary ballots and won in the Supreme Court of Alaska.[5]


Energy policy[edit]

The Green Party of Alaska is the only political party in the state which is opposed to industrial oil development in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. Like other Green parties, it supports the development of alternative fuels and energy sources, in particular wind power and solar power.

GPAK also supports an all-Alaska gas line.

Health care[edit]

GPAK supports a national single-payer healthcare system.


Ballot status[edit]

The Green Party first gained ballot access in 1990, but lost its Recognized Political Party status in 2002. Ballot access was regained in 2003 based on a court order,[6] lost again in 2005, and regained in February 2006 when Superior Court Judge Stephanie Joannides issued a preliminary injunction against the State of Alaska, preventing the state from denying access to the Green Party. On June 3, 2007 a lower Alaska state court upheld Alaska’s new definition of “political party” and the Green Party of Alaska was removed from the ballot. The judge wrote that she had to uphold the new definition of “political party”, because the Alaska Supreme Court had upheld the old definition of “political party” on November 17, 2006.[7]

In 2012, the Alaska Green party put forth a statewide petition, seeking status as a "limited political party" which would allow them to put names on the ballot for presidential and vice-presidential candidates. A total of 3,273 signatures is needed in Alaska to qualify as a limited political party. The Alaskan Greens submitted approximately 4,500 signatures to account for any nitpicking the two major parties would inevitably assign to this petition.[8]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Schreurs, Miranda; Elim Papadakis (2007). The A to Z of the Green Movement. Sacrecrow Press, Inc. ISBN 978-0-8108-6878-6. 
  2. ^ "Alaska Directory of Political Groups". State of Alaska : Division of Elections. Retrieved 2016-09-17. 
  3. ^ Paige, Anjali (July 31, 2013). "Cordova, Alaska". The Rubber Tramps. Archived from the original on 16 January 2017. Retrieved 16 January 2017. 
  4. ^ "Environmentalist elected mayor of oil spill town". Washington, DC: UPI. October 4, 1991. Retrieved 16 January 2017. 
  5. ^ "STATE v. GREEN PARTY OF ALASKA". Findlaw. August 12, 2005. Archived from the original on January 6, 2017. Retrieved January 6, 2017. 
  6. ^ "Green Party fights to stay on ballot". Retrieved 17 January 2017. 
  7. ^ Winger, Richard (June 7, 2007). "Alaska Green Party Loses Ballot Access Lawsuit". Ballot Access News. Retrieved 16 January 2017. 
  8. ^ "Green Party Submits Alaska Petition". Ballot Access News. August 8, 2012. Retrieved 16 January 2017. 


  • Alaska Division of Elections. [1]
  • Green Party Election Results. [2]

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