Green Party of Florida

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Green Party of Florida
Founded 1992
Headquarters Key West, Florida, United States
Ideology Green politics
Progressivism
Social-Democracy
Eco-Socialism
National affiliation Green Party of the United States
Colors Green
Seats in the Upper House
0 / 120
Seats in the Lower House
0 / 40
Website
http://www.gpfl.org/

The Green Party of Florida is the state party organization for Florida of the Green Party of the United States.[1]

History[edit]

The Green Party of Florida was organized in 1992. At that time the State of Florida had a very stringent standard applied to what were considered minor party candidates in elections. To have statewide ballot status, minor parties had to file a petition with at least 3% of all registered voters. To keep this status, they had to maintain a number of party members equal to 5% of all registered voters.

In 1998 state law concerning access to the state ballot was eased. In February 1999 the state legislature implemented changes allowing any party organized on a state basis to field candidates in elections. This allowed the Green Party and other parties to qualify to field candidates on the ballot. The Green Party has retained its statewide ballot status ever since.[2]

The Florida Green Party has opposed the presence of nuclear power plants in Florida. In fact, the party intervened in the licensing process of the proposed Levy County Nuclear Power Plant, which has yet to be built.

In April 2010 the Florida Green Party and the People's Lobby Coalition for Public Funding Only of All Elections held a public forum at the National Press Club in Washington, DC. The purpose of the forum was to press for only public funding of elections.

Registration[edit]

Year Registered Members
1994 453
1996 731
1998 965
2000 2,728
2002 5,590
2004 6,646
2006 6,607
2008 6,007
2010 5,827
2012 5,705[3]
2014 5,901[4]
2016 5,438[5]

Organization[edit]

The state organization has 2 co-chairs, a treasurer and a secretary. It has a number of committees. These include the Electoral Committee, the Bylaws Committee, the Fund-Raising Committee, the Media Committee, the Outreach Committee and the IT (information technology) Committee. The Electoral Committee helps persons wanting to become candidates and also asks potential candidates about their political views.

The Green Party has ten chapters, which usually are county chapters. The state organization constantly seeks to organize new local chapters.

The Florida Green Party is listed as an endorser organization of the Move to Amend. This organization, in its own words, is "dedicated to ending the illegitimate legal doctrines that prevent the American people from governing themselves."[6]

Public officials[edit]

Past and present public officials from the Green Party include:

  • Eric Fricker, City Commission, Cocoa Beach Seat 3 (Brevard County) (2000-2004)[7]
  • Dan McCrea, City Commission, South Miami (Miami-Dade County) (2003) [8]
  • Nadine Burns, City Council, Lake Worth District 3 (Palm Beach County) (2003-2006)[7]
  • Kim O'Connor, Soil & Water District Commissioner, Ochlockonee River District 3 (Leon County) (2004–2006; 2016-)[7]
  • John Baron, Community Commission, Aventura (Miami-Dade County) (2004) [9]
  • Cara Jennings, City Commission, Palm Beach District 2 (Lake Worth) (2006–2010)[7]
  • Anita Stewart, Hillsborough County Soil & Water Conservation Board, Seat 5 (2010–)[7]

Presidential nominee results[edit]

Since 1996, the Green Party has run a candidate for President of the United States. The candidate who has received the most votes in Florida was Jill Stein in 2016.

Year Nominee Votes
1996 Ralph Nader (write in) 4,101 (0.08%)
2000 Ralph Nader 97,488 (1.63%)
2004 David Cobb 3,502 (0.05%)
2008 Cynthia McKinney 2,887 (0.03%)
2012 Jill Stein 8,947 (0.11%)
2016 Jill Stein 64,399 (0.68%)

Social Media[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Green Party of Florida". Green Party of Florida. Retrieved 2016-07-15. 
  2. ^ "Ballot Status History: Green Party of Florida". Green Party of the United States. Archived from the original on November 2, 2010. Retrieved 2016-07-15. 
  3. ^ http://dos.myflorida.com/media/693854/gen2012_countyparty.pdf
  4. ^ http://dos.myflorida.com/media/693898/gen2014_countyparty.pdf
  5. ^ http://dos.myflorida.com/media/696804/primary2016_countyparty.pdf
  6. ^ "We the People, Not We the Corporations | Move to Amend". movetoamend.org. Retrieved 2016-07-15. 
  7. ^ a b c d e "2016 Election Database - Green Party of the United States Candidates for Office". gpus.org. Retrieved 12 October 2016. 
  8. ^ "Greens holding elected office - US". archive.org. 2 October 2003. Archived from the original on 2 October 2003. Retrieved 12 October 2016. 
  9. ^ "Greens holding elected office - US". archive.org. 7 December 2004. Archived from the original on 7 December 2004. Retrieved 12 October 2016. 

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