From the Green Party of the United States:
The Green Party gained ballot status in Massachusetts and maintained ballot status in Connecticut, the District of Columbia (DC), Michigan, and New York. In DC, Massachusetts and Michigan, multiple candidates got the required votes for ballot status, and Howie Hawkins broke a New York record by winning the ballot line for a third party in three consecutive gubernatorial elections.
The Green Party lost ballot lines in Arizona, Maryland and Ohio based on the number of votes in the gubernatorial races; however, these races energized members, promoted public discussion of Green Party positions, and set the stage for future wins. The total number of states where the Green Party currently has ballot lines is 19 plus DC. Candidates can run in other states by petitioning to get on the ballot.
Groundbreaking Congressional Races In California:
Millennial candidates Kenneth Mejia and Dr. Rodolfo Cortes Barragan got 25.8% and 22.1%, respectively, in two-way Congressional races against incumbent Democrats in California, despite being heavily overspent by their opponents and receiving little media coverage. Mejia’s and Cortes Barragan’s percentages were the second and third highest in history for a U.S. Green running for a U.S. House seat. Their high-energy, all-volunteer campaigns showed how much the Green Party resonates with young voters.
Native American Candidates In National Push:
Candidates Sara Mae Williams, State House of Representatives, District 4, in Arizona, and Aaron Camacho, State Senate, District 31, in Wisconsin, were among 55 Native American women who ran for office this year, a record-breaking number.
Southern Green Wave:
Green Party candidates in southern states were a growing force this year and included general election candidates Joel Milliken, Charleston County Council, 36.12%, Francisco Pierre-Louis, Hillsborough County Soil and Water Board (31.01%), Lilly Taylor, Mecklenburg Soil and Water Conservation District Supervisor (18.7%), Samson LeBeau Kpadenou, Florida State House of Representatives (15.4%) and David Edmond, South Carolina Commissioner of Agriculture (15.08%). Primary candidates earlier in the year included Robin Harris for Orange County Commission District 6 (24.8%) and Elijah Manley for Broward County at-large School District 8 (18.49%).
Two hundred and eighty-five candidates ran on the Green Party line in 2018 and twenty were elected. You can see the preliminary results of the campaigns for ballot status, candidates elected/re-elected on November 6, and a sampling of the many noteworthy federal, state and local candidates running in this year’s midterms at the Green Party’s website.