Maryland Green Party

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Maryland Green Party
Abbreviation MGP
Co-chair Michael Cornell
Co-chair Robert E. Smith
House Leader None
Senate Leader None
Founded 2000; 16 years ago
Headquarters Baltimore, MD 21233
Student wing Young Greens
Membership  (August 2016) 8,321
(Registered Voters)
Ideology Green Politics
Progressivism
Social-Democracy
Eco-socialism
Political position Left-wing
National affiliation Green Party of the United States
Colors      Green
Slogan Maryland's Progressive Party
Senate
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House of Delegates
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U.S. Senate
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U.S. House of Representatives
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Statewide Officers
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County Executives
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Local offices
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Website
www.mdgreens.org

The Maryland Green Party is the state party organization for Maryland of the Green Party of the United States.

The Maryland Green Party qualified as a recognized political party on August 17, 2000,[1] since that time the party has grown to 8,050 members as of July 2016.[2] Local chapters have been established in Anne Arundel County, Baltimore City, Montgomery County, and Western Maryland.[3]

Electoral history[edit]

During the 2006 elections, U.S. Senate candidate Kevin Zeese became the first Maryland Green Party candidate for statewide office to be invited to debate the major party candidates. Zeese went on to finish third with over twenty-five thousand (25,000) votes.[4] That same year Green Ed Boyd became the first African-American candidate for Governor of Maryland. He received approximately 15,000 votes.

In November 2007, Gary Hull became the first Green officeholder in Maryland, being elected to the Sharpsburg Town Council.[5]

In April 2007, Mike Cornell was elected to the Columbia City Council, an unincorporated community run by a nonprofit homeowners association known as of the Columbia Association in Columbia. Up until 2015, Cornell was one of 10 representatives that form the Columbia Council. Residents elect council representatives from each of Columbia's nine villages and Town Center.[6]

In the November 2007 elections, Dan Robinson was elected to the non-partisan seat of Takoma Park Town Council Ward 3. He finished first of two candidates for one seat with 234 votes or 67.6%.[7] Robinson ran for the same office in 2003 finishing 2nd in a two candidate race with 183 votes, or 35%.[8]

In November 2009, Christine Nagle was elected to the City Council of College Park representing District 1. She came in second with 28% of the vote with 295 votes.

In May 2010, James Wilkinson was elected as Mayor Pro Tem to the Town Council of Berwyn Heights. He came in second with 206 votes.

In September 2010, Green Party nominee for U.S. Senate Natasha Pettigrew was killed while biking when she was hit by a Cadillac Escalade.[9] She was replaced by her mother, Keniss Henry. Henry received 20,717 votes (1.13%).[10]

In January 2015, the Maryland State Board of Elections determined that the party's petition was sufficient and it would be on the ballot through at least 2018.[11]

Presidential election results[edit]

Year Nominee Votes
1996 Ralph Nader (write-in) 2,606 (0.15)
2000 Ralph Nader 53,768 (2.65%)
2004 David Cobb 3,632 (0.15%)
2008 Cynthia McKinney 4,747 (0.18%)
2012 Jill Stein 17,110 (0.63%)
2016 Jill Stein TBA

Elected officials[edit]

Past officials[edit]

  • Gary Hull, Town Council Sharpsburg (Washington County) [14]
  • Christine Nagle, City Council District 1, College Park (Prince George's County)[15]
  • Dan Robinson, Town Council Ward 3, Takoma Park (Montgomery County) [16]
  • James Wilkinson, Town Council Mayor Pro Tem, Berwyn Heights (Prince George's County)[17]

Party organization[edit]

The following party leaders were elected in 2016 on 1-year terms:[18]

  • Michael B. Cornell, Co-Chair
  • Robert Edward Smith, Co-Chair
  • Julia H. Rice, Recording Secretary
  • Amie Myers, Treasurer
  • John Holland, Membership Coordinator

GNC delegates[edit]

The following delegates represented the state of Maryland in the Green National Committee:[19]

  • Brandy Baker, Delegate
  • Ted Weber, Delegate
  • Bahram Zandi, Alternate
  • George Gluck, Alternate

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Maryland Green Party". Mdgreens.org. 2000-08-17. Retrieved 2010-09-04. 
  2. ^ "Voter Registration Activity Report" (PDF). Retrieved 2016-08-10. 
  3. ^ "Local Chapters". Mdgreens.org. Retrieved 2016-08-10. 
  4. ^ "Maryland 2006 Midterm Election". Thegreenpapers.com. Retrieved 2010-09-04. 
  5. ^ "Gary Hull - 2006". Gpus.org. Retrieved 2016-08-10. 
  6. ^ [1] Archived August 29, 2007, at the Wayback Machine.
  7. ^ "2007.11.12: More Green wins and impressive percentages in November 6 local elections". Gp.org. Retrieved 2010-09-04. 
  8. ^ [2][dead link]
  9. ^ Hiskes, Jonathan (September 23, 2010). "Maryland Green Party Senate candidate killed by SUV while cycling". Grist. Retrieved 17 January 2015. 
  10. ^ Bell, Melissa (December 22, 2010). "Natasha Pettigrew (1980-2010): For Senate hopeful, ordinary challenges were never enough". The Washington Post. Retrieved 17 January 2015. 
  11. ^ Winger, Richard (January 17, 2015). "Maryland Green Party is Back on Ballot". Ballot Access News. Retrieved 17 January 2015. 
  12. ^ http://www.villageofriverhill.org/board/board-of-directors/
  13. ^ "Green Party of the United States | Candidate Details". Gp.org. 2007-04-21. Retrieved 2010-09-04. 
  14. ^ "Green Party of the United States | Candidate Details". Gp.org. 2006-11-07. Retrieved 2010-09-04. 
  15. ^ "Officeholders". mdgreens.org. 2016-08-09. Retrieved 2016-08-10. 
  16. ^ "Green Party of the United States | Candidate Details". Gp.org. 2007-11-06. Retrieved 2010-09-04. 
  17. ^ "Officeholders". mdgreens.org. 2016-08-09. Retrieved 2016-08-10. 
  18. ^ "Party Leadership". mdgreens.org. 2016. Retrieved 2016-08-10. 
  19. ^ "Party Leadership". mdgreens.org. 2016. Retrieved 2016-08-10. 

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