Kentucky Green Party

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Kentucky Green Party
ChairpersonMichael Winkler
HeadquartersLexington, Kentucky
IdeologyGreen politics
National affiliationGreen Party
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The Kentucky Green Party is the state party organization for Kentucky of the Green Party of the United States.


The Kentucky Green Party was officially founded on July 23, 2011 during the Founding Statewide Convention in Lawrenceburg, Kentucky.[1] Though the Kentucky Green Party was officially established in 2011, two candidates had competed in state elections as Green Party members in years prior.

In September 2012, the Kentucky Green Party succeeded in attaining enough signatures to have Jill Stein and Cheri Honkala appear on the ballot in Kentucky for President and Vice President.[2][3]

On Saturday August 8, 2015 the Kentucky Green Party held its third statewide convention in Lexington, Kentucky and elected new officers for its Executive Committee.

Electoral history[edit]

  • The first Green Party candidate in Kentucky was Ken Sain who campaigned for the United States House of Representatives in 2000 and came in 3rd place.[4]
  • The second Green Party candidate in Kentucky was Don Pratt who ran for the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Council in 2002 and came in second with 43% of the vote.[5]
  • Geoff Young, a retired engineer who worked on energy policies for the state, ran as a Green Party candidate in the 2012 election for the Kentucky House of Representatives 45th District.[6] Young came in third place with 8.73% of the vote.[7]

In 2011, the newly formed Kentucky Green Party endorsed independent Gatewood Galbraith because of his strong opposition to mountaintop removal mining.[8]


  1. ^ "First and founding statewide Green Party convention of the Kentucky". West Kentucky Journal. West Kentucky Journal. 2012-07-13. Retrieved 2012-09-10.
  2. ^ "Jill Stein & Cheri Honkala make Ballot in Kentucky". Green Party Watch. 2012-09-09. Retrieved 2012-09-10.
  3. ^ "Candidate Filings with the Office of the Secretary of State". Kentucky Secretary of State. Archived from the original on 2016-09-30. Retrieved 2012-09-10.
  4. ^ "Ken Sain - 2000". Green Party of the United States. Archived from the original on 2012-09-19. Retrieved 2012-09-10.
  5. ^ "Don Pratt - 2002". Green Party of the United States. Archived from the original on 2012-06-20. Retrieved 2012-09-10.
  6. ^ "Green Party candidate will challenge state Rep. Stan Lee in November". 2012-08-06. Retrieved 2012-09-10.
  7. ^ "2012 General Election". Kentucky State Board of Elections. 2012-11-07. Retrieved 2012-11-07.
  8. ^ Arthur, Devya (April 18, 2012). "Just getting started in Kentucky". Green Pages. Retrieved 18 January 2015.

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