Green Party of California

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Green Party of California
Founded 1991; 25 years ago (1991)
Political position Left-Wing
National affiliation Green Party of the United States
Seats in the US Senate
0 / 2
Seats in the US House
0 / 53
Statewide Executive Offices1
0 / 8
Seats in the State Senate
0 / 40
Seats in the State Assembly
0 / 80

1California Department of Education is a nonpartisan state executive position.
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The Green Party of California (GPCA) is the California affiliate of the Green Party of the United States. The party is a ballot-qualified in California, first established as such in 1991, using the petition method of gaining state recognition.

As of October 20, 2014, there were 110,511 registered party members accounting for 0.62 percent of registered voters in California,.[1] Mendocino, Nevada County, and Humboldt County have the highest per-capita number of Green Party members.[2]

To maintain qualified status in California, a party must have registered voters equal to or more than 1 percent of the number of votes cast in the previous gubernatorial election, or by the statewide race method, according to which a party may retain its ballot status by receiving at least 2 percent in any of seven statewide races.

In 1994 Margaret Garcia received 3.8 percent (315,079 votes) for Secretary of State, surpassing the 2 percent threshold necessary to retain statewide ballot status. Garcia's total retained ballot status for the Green Party of California, because after the November 1994 election, the number of voters needed to qualify (or re-qualify) went up to 89,007 (Green registrants stood at 78,992). Had Garcia not received the total she did, the Green Party of California would have lost its ballot status as of January 1995.

Since the 1994 elections, the party has had continuous ballot access in California.

In 1996 Arcata, California, a city with a population of about 17,000, became the first city ever to have a Green majority on the city council, with three of five seats. Greens controlled the council from 1996–1998 and again from 2004-2006.

In November 2009, Fairfax, California gained a Green majority in city council, winning three out of five seats. And as of December 2009, at least 33 Green Party of California members hold elected office, including Mayor of Richmond (Richmond Greens[3]), Gayle McLaughlin, Mayor of Sebastopol, Larry Robinson, Mayor of Marina, Bruce Delgado and Mayor of Fairfax, Lew Tremaine. As of December 2013, 55 GPCA members hold elected office.[4]

Presidential nominee results[edit]

Year Nominee Votes
1996 Ralph Nader 237,016 (2.37%)
2000 Ralph Nader 418,707 (3.82%)
2004 David Cobb 40,771 (0.33%)
2008 Cynthia McKinney 38,774 (0.29%)
2012 Jill Stein 85,638 (0.66%)

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Secretary of State, State of California, Report of Registration as of October 20 2014
  2. ^ State of California (20 October 2011) "15 Day Report of Registration."
  3. ^ "Index of /". Retrieved 12 October 2016. 
  4. ^ "Greens Holding Elected Office (71) - Green Party of California (GPCA)". Retrieved 12 October 2016. 

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