Green Party Watch, February 22nd:
The District of Columbia Statehood Green Party has approximately one registered member for every eight registered Republicans in the District, according to statistics released by the District government earlier this month.
There are 3,540 registered D.C. Statehood Greens, 0.81% of all D.C. registered voters. The District has 332,561 Democrats, 27,472 Republicans, 897 Libertarians, and 73,903 voters registered with no party or another smaller party.
In 2014, Statehood Green Council At-Large candidate Eugene Puryear finished sixth of of 15 candidates in the top-two race, outpolling the GOP candidate by more than 2,500 votes. Statehood Green candidate G. Lee Aiken received 3.3% of the vote in her run for Council Chair, slightly less than half the vote total of the Republican nominee.
About the D.C. Statehood Green Party, from Wikipedia:
The D.C. Statehood Green Party, also known as the D.C. Statehood Party, is a leftwing political party in Washington, D.C. The party is the D.C. affiliate of the national Green Party, but has traditionally been involved primarily with issues related to D.C. Statehood. Party members sometimes call it the second most popular party in the city because in the 2006 election its candidates won more total votes than the Republican candidates. About 1 percent of D.C. voters are registered with the D.C. Statehood Green Party, while 6 percent are Republicans and 76 percent are Democrats.
The party was founded with the intention of convincing Julius Hobson to run for announced his candidacy for the District’s non-voting Congressional Delegate position as a member of the D.C. Statehood Party. Although Hobson lost that race to Walter E. Fauntroy, Hobson received enough votes to make the party an official major party in the District. Following the election, Hobson helped set up the party in the District. The party was organized on the ward level, and ward chairs could decide how to organize their activities in their wards. Hobson later served on the D.C. Council. In 1973, the party was a strong proponent of the District of Columbia Home Rule Act, which gave limited self-government to the city. From the creation of the city council in 1975 until 1999, the party always had one of the at-large seats, first occupied by Hobson and then by Hilda Mason.
Throughout the 1970s, the party and its members on the council sponsored several initiatives aimed at giving the District more autonomy from the federal government. The high point was the passage of the District of Columbia Voting Rights Amendment byCongress in 1978, which would have given the District the rights of a state; the amendment failed to receive approval from the necessary 37 states by 1985, and thus did not become part of the United States Constitution.
The statehood movement lost much of its momentum after this and other defeats, though the party continued to field candidates for local offices. It merged with the Green Party prior to the 2000 elections, and endorsed Ralph Nader’s campaign for president.
The party is led by a steering committee, which consists of:
- David Schwartzman
- Langston Tingling-Clemmons
- Michele Tingling-Clemmons
- Rick Tingling-Clemmons
- Jabari Zakiya