Howie Hawkins

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Howie Hawkins
Hawkins 2010.jpg
Personal details
Born (1952-12-08) December 8, 1952 (age 66)
San Francisco, California, U.S.
Political partyGreen
Other political
ResidenceSyracuse, New York, U.S.
EducationDartmouth College
Military service
Allegiance United States
Branch/service United States Marine Corps
Battles/warsVietnam War

Howie Hawkins (born December 8, 1952) is an American politician and activist with the Green Party of the United States.

Hawkins was New York's Green Party candidate for the U.S. Senate in 2006. In 2010, Hawkins ran as the Green Party's candidate for Governor of New York and restored ballot status for the party by receiving more than the necessary 50,000 votes. In 2014, Hawkins ran again for the same office. He received nearly five percent of the vote and moved the Green Party to Line D on the ballot. Hawkins ran a third time for Governor of New York in 2018. He is currently seeking the presidential nomination of the Green Party in 2020.

Early life and career[edit]

Born in San Francisco, California, in 1952, Hawkins was raised in a multi-racial neighborhood in nearby San Mateo. He became politically active at the age of 12, when he saw how the multiracial Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party was denied recognition at the 1964 Democratic Convention.[2]

Green Party[edit]

In the 1980s Hawkins joined the green movement and in the early 1990s a press conference was held in Washington, D.C. that featured Charles Betz, Joni Whitmore, Hilda Mason, and Howie Hawkins to announce the formation of the Greens/Green Party USA.[3] Later in December 1999, Mike Feinstein and Hawkins wrote the Plan for a Single National Green Party which was the plan to organize the ASGP and GPUSA into a single Green Party.[4] Over the next decade he would run in multiple New York Senate and House races.[5] In 2010 he surpassed the 50,000 vote requirement to stay on the ballot in the gubernatorial election and four years later he received enough to move the Green Party line to Row D as he had taken one-third more than the Working Families Party and twice as much as the Independence Party.[6] However, in 2018 he lost 80,000 votes, but retained ballot access and was only lowered one row down to Row E.[7]

In 2012 Hawkins was approached over the possibility of running for the Green Party nomination, but declined due to his employment commitments at UPS forcing him to campaign for offices in New York at most and would interfere with a national campaign.[8] Following Hawkins' retirement he was approached again to run by a draft movement with a public letter addressed to him that was signed by former Green vice presidential nominees Cheri Honkala and Ajamu Baraka, former Green mayoral candidate and Ralph Nader's 2008 running mate Matt Gonzalez, and other prominent Green Party members.[9]

National and congressional campaigns[edit]

2006 U.S. Senate campaign[edit]

Hawkins was the Green Party of New York's candidate for the United States Senate in the state of New York. Hawkins received 55,469 votes in the November 2006 election (during which Hillary Clinton was re-elected), for 1.2% of the total votes cast.[10]

2008 U.S. House of Representatives campaign[edit]

In 2008, Hawkins ran for the United States House of Representatives in New York's 25th congressional district on the Green Populist line. Hawkins won 9,483 votes, losing to Democrat Dan Maffei.[11]

2016 vice-presidential candidate on Minnesota ballot[edit]

Hawkins was listed on ballots in Minnesota only as the Green Party candidate for Vice President, along with Jill Stein for President in the 2016 general election. Although Ajamu Baraka was Stein's running mate on the party's national ticket, Hawkins was inadvertently placed on the Minnesota ballot due to a technicality.[12] The Green Party of Minnesota had intended to use Hawkins as a stand-in.[12]

With Hawkins listed, the Green Party ticket for President of the United States in Minnesota received nearly 37,000 votes statewide, an increase of 0.82% from the party's previous result in 2012.

2020 presidential campaign[edit]

Hawkins 2020 presidential campaign logo

On April 3, 2019, Hawkins announced that he was forming an exploratory committee to prepare for a potential candidacy for the Green Party 2020 presidential nomination.[13][14]

Hawkins formally launched his campaign on May 28, 2019 in Brooklyn, New York[15]

New York gubernatorial campaigns[edit]

2010 campaign[edit]

In May 2010, Hawkins was nominated to run for Governor of New York as the Green Party candidate. His campaign was also supported by the Socialist Party of New York.[1]

Hawkins was critical of his Democratic opponent, Andrew Cuomo, and challenged him to participate in public forums with the other gubernatorial candidates. In a New York Daily News interview, Hawkins expressed his concerns with some of Cuomo's positions:

... he [Cuomo] wants to solve the state budget crisis by cutting spending such as for state workers and schools. He ignores that the root cause of the problem is not spending but the huge tax cuts for the wealthy that began when he was helping his father as Governor. Instead of spending caps, we need the wealthy and Wall Street to pay their fair share.[16]

On November 2, 2010, Hawkins received nearly 60,000 votes (1.3%), allowing the Green Party of New York to be listed on the ballot for the next four years.[17][18]

In December 2010, Hawkins was named co-chair of the newly recognized Green Party of New York.[19]

2014 campaign[edit]

On April 9, 2014, Hawkins announced his second candidacy for Governor of New York at the LCA Pressroom in Albany, New York. His campaign positions included a "Green New Deal" platform, a "Clean Money" system for public financing of elections, ending New York's role in the national Common Core standards, and a minimum wage increase to $15 an hour from the then-current $8 an hour in New York.[20]

Diane Ravitch, who worked in the administrations of presidents Bush and Clinton, stated:

I am casting a protest vote for the first time in my life. I am voting for the candidates of the Green Party, Howie Hawkins and Brian Jones. I voted for Zephyr Teachout in the Democratic primary for three reasons: her position on education, on public integrity, and on the environment. And these are the reasons I will cast my ballot in November for the Green Party.[21]

Hawkins' running mate for Lt. Governor was New York City educator and union activist Brian Jones.[22]

Hawkins and the Green Party received 184,419 votes (4.8% of the vote), which moved the Green Party up to the fourth line on state ballots for the next four years (surpassing the Working Families and Independence parties).[23]

2018 campaign[edit]

On April 12, 2018, Hawkins announced his third run for Governor of New York on the Green Party line. Hawkins and running mate Jia Lee received 95,716 votes (1.7%).[24]

City of Syracuse campaigns[edit]

2011 campaign for Common Councilor[edit]

Hawkins announced his candidacy for 4th District Common Councilor in Syracuse in September 2011, running as a Green Party candidate.[25][26] His opponent was a Democrat, Khalid Bey. Hawkins received endorsements from the Syracuse Post Standard, the Green Party of Onondaga County, UNITE HERE Local 150, and the Greater Syracuse Labor Council.[27][28]

Hawkins planned to sponsor resolutions for state tax code reforms to require more from the state's wealthiest, and to share more revenues with cities. He also supported the establishment of a municipal development bank to provide financing for local cooperative businesses and a 0.4% "commuter tax" on the incomes of suburbanites working in the city.[29]

Hawkins lost the election to Bey.[30]

2013 campaign for Common Councilor[edit]

On May 20, 2013, Hawkins announced that he would again run for 4th District Common Councilor in Syracuse. His opponent was incumbent Democrat Khalid Bey.[31] On October 16, 2013, Hawkins published a fiscal position paper with mayoral candidate Kevin Bott focused on a new scaled local income tax, and the role of the state in the fiscal crisis in Syracuse. Bott and Hawkins point out that New York revenue sharing with its biggest cities has decreased from the teens to just about one percent since the 1970s.[32][33]

Hawkins lost the election to Democrat Bey by a vote of 1,471 to 995.[34]

2015 campaign for Auditor[edit]

In 2015, Hawkins ran for Syracuse City Auditor against incumbent Marty Masterpole. Hawkins noted that Masterpole had filed only two financial audits, and criticized him for auditing city skating rinks and golf courses while the city suffered from high poverty, failing infrastructure and struggling schools.[35]

Former District 2 city councilor Pat Hogan suggested to Hawkins that he should run for auditor, stating, "I'm not turning Green ... I am more concerned about the city than the party. The auditor is supposed to be a watchdog on the city budgets and Marty isn't doing any watching. There's a dearth of independence in city government."[36]

Hawkins lost the election, winning 35 percent of the vote.[37]

Electoral history[edit]

Data unknown for local elections prior to 2009.

2000 US House of Representatives election (NY-25)[38]
Party Candidate Votes Percentage
Republican James T. Walsh 132,120 59.99%
Independence James T. Walsh 10,512 4.77%
Conservative James T. Walsh 9,248 4.20%
Total James T. Walsh (inc.) 151,880 68.96%
Democratic Francis Gavin 64,533 29.30%
Green Howie Hawkins 3,830 1.74%
Majority 87,347 39.66%
Totals 220,243 100.00%
Republican hold
2004 US House of Representatives election (NY-25)[39]
Party Candidate Votes Percentage
Republican James T. Walsh 155,163 74.18%
Independence James T. Walsh 20,184 9.65%
Conservative James T. Walsh 13,716 6.56%
Total James T. Walsh (inc.) 189,063 90.39%
Peace and Justice Howie Hawkins 20,106 9.61%
Majority 168,957 80.78%
Totals 209,169 100.00%
Republican hold
2006 United States Senate election, New York[40]
Party Candidate Votes Percentage
Democratic Hillary Clinton 2,698,931
Independence Hillary Clinton 160,705
Working Families Hillary Clinton 148,792
Total Hillary Clinton (inc.) 3,008,428 67.0%
Republican John Spencer 1,212,902
Conservative John Spencer 179,287
Total John Spencer 1,392,189 31.0%
Green Howie Hawkins 55,469 1.20%
Others 33,967 0.8%
Majority 1,616,239 36.0%
Totals 4,490,053 100.00%
Democratic hold

2008 US House of Representatives election (NY-25)[41]
Party Candidate Votes Percentage
Democratic Dan Maffei 148,290 51.65%
Working Families Dan Maffei 9,085 3.16%
Total Dan Maffei 157,375 54.82%
Republican Dale Sweetland 106,653 37.15%
Conservative Dale Sweetland 13,564 4.72%
Total Dale Sweetland 120,217 41.87
Green Howie Hawkins 9,483 3.30%
Write-ins 24 0.01%
Majority 37,158 12.95%
Totals 287,099 100.00%
Democratic gain
2009 Syracuse common councilor election (District 4)[42]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Democratic Thomas Seals 1,529 59.17%
Green Howie Hawkins 1,055 40.83%
Majority 474 18.34%
Turnout 2,584
Democratic hold Swing
2011 Syracuse common councilor election (District 4)[43]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Democratic Khalid Bey 1,214 52.08% -7.10%
Green Howie Hawkins 1,117 47.92% +7.10%
Majority 97 4.16% -14.18%
Turnout 2,331
Democratic hold Swing
2013 Syracuse common councilor election (District 4)[44]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Democratic Khalid Bey (inc.) 1,471 59.65% +7.57%
Green Howie Hawkins 995 40.35% -7.57%
Majority 476 19.3% +15.14
Turnout 2,466
Democratic hold Swing
2015 Syracuse city auditor election[45]
Party Candidate Votes Percentage
Democratic Martin Masterpole 8,887 58.21%
Working Families Martin Masterpole 948 6.21%
Reform Martin Masterpole 153 1.00%
Total Martin Masterpole (inc.) 9,988 65.42%
Green Howie Hawkins 5,249 34.38%
Write-ins 30 0.20%
Majority 4,739 31.04%
Totals 15,267 100.00%
Democratic hold
2017 Syracuse Mayoral election[46]
Party Candidate Votes Percentage
Independence Benjamin Walsh 12,351 48.81%
Reform / Upstate Jobs Benjamin Walsh 1,233 4.87%
Total Benjamin Walsh 13,584 53.68%
Democratic Juanita Perez Williams 9,701 38.34%
Green Howie Hawkins 1,017 4.02%
Republican Laura Lavine 673 2.66%
Working Families Joe Nicoletti 305 1.20%
Write-ins 25 0.10%
Majority 3,883 15.34%
Totals 25,305 100.00%
Independence gain


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