In 2014, Green Party candidate Howie Hawkins (an Ivy League-educated Teamster and retired U.S. Marine) won nearly 10 percent of the gubernatorial vote in Schenectady County — a sizable voting bloc that could easily swing a close local election.
That’s probably why Green Party members all over the area have been getting mail and personal visits from aspiring candidates — and why both mainstream parties routinely try to get their names on the Green Party ballot line, even though they aren’t members.
I wish to clarify that the Green Party does not cross-endorse candidates from other parties, so any claims that a candidate is a “Green” is false if that candidate is also listed on other party ballot lines.
Here’s a tip to those who would like our vote while running on your own party line: Support green values (many of which should appeal to the mainstream parties). Among the things we believe in:
• Clean air, water and soil for our children’s health and the maintenance of our property values.
• Transparency and accountability in all government activities.
• Creation of a sustainable local economy that balances quality of life and economic growth.
• Taking aggressive and affirmative steps to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and convert our communities to renewable energy sources.
• Public financing of elections, open debates, and more representative voting systems.