Green Party Watch, March 23rd:
With 85% of precincts reporting, Jill Stein has easily won the Arizona Green Party presidential primary, receiving 567 votes, or 82% of the total, to Kent Mesplay’s 125 (18%). Stein and Mesplay were the only candidates on the Green primary ballot.
Mesplay wrote on Facebook during the day Tuesday, “Doing handyman work in Arizona, and I’m on the ballot for president!”
UPDATE: Final results show Stein with 609 votes (81%) to Mesplay’s 139 votes (19%).
About the Arizona Green Party, from Wikipedia:
The Arizona Green Party is perhaps best known for its strong stances on immigration. It proposes that the urban walls on the border be dismantled and the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) repealed for the sake of the thousands of immigrants who die while trying to cross the border. The AZGP also paid to put two statements in an Arizona voter’s guide on ballot initiatives and referendums in 2006. One statement opposed Arizona Proposition 107, which bans civil unions and the second favored Arizona Proposition 202, which raises the Arizona minimum wage to $6.75/hr.
In 2006 the Arizona Green Party and the Pima County Green Party hosted the 2006 annual national meeting of the Green Party of the United States in Tucson, Arizona.
The Arizona Greens had a 5 percent increase in registered members between November 2008 and April 2009, to 4,210 voters.
In 2008, the Arizona Green Party gathered enough signatures to gain ballot access. The party had worked with Arizona’s ballot access laws, achieving ballot access for the 2000 election cycle, then losing it again in 2004. On March 6, 2008 the Arizona deadline for ballot access, the Arizona Green Party submitted 29,300 signatures on its petition for party recognition. The legal requirement is 20,449. On April 9, 2008 the Arizona Secretary of State announced that the Arizona Green Party had enough valid signatures to be recognized as an official political party. On February 10, The national Green Party’s ballot access committee had appropriated $4,000 to assist the Arizona Green Party’s petition effort.
On April 28, 2011, Governor Jan Brewer signed HB 2304, which says that when a new party qualifies, it is entitled to be on the ballot in the next two elections, not just the next election. As a result the Green Party is now automatically on the ballot for 2012, because it had successfully petitioned in 2010.
Prominent Green candidates in Arizona have included Vance Hansen, who ran for the US Senate in 2000 and received 108,926 votes, Claudia Ellquist who ran for Pima County Attorney in 2004 on a platform largely focused on declaring a moratorium on the death penalty, and Dave Croteau who ran for mayor of Tucson in 2007 on a platform of relocalization and received over 28% of the vote. The party is also home to noted Tucson area water-access activist John Kromko.
Presidential nominee results
|1996||Ralph Nader||2,062 (0.15%)|
|2000||Ralph Nader||45,645 (3.00%)|
|2004||David Cobb (write-in)||138|
|2008||Cynthia McKinney||3,406 (0.15%)|
|2012||Jill Stein||7,816 (0.34%)|