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Green Party Candidates On 2012 Texas Ballot—Give The Green Party A Look

There are a number of Green Party candidates on the Texas ballot in 2012.

Below you see the names of these candidates as listed by the Green Party of Texas.

I’ve said on the blog that I’m voting for Jill Stein for President here in Republican Texas.

I believe that Greens are best on the issues of our economy that is rigged for the benefit of the few, climate change, and in protecting our right to dissent in a time of militarized police and a national security state.

There are real differences between Democrats and Republicans. Many Democratic activists and volunteers are very decent and progressive people.

At the same time I’d say that the Democratic Party in Texas does not have strong prospects for either 2012 or 2014.

I’d also say that a strong voice on the left can move the Democratic Party just as Libertarians have had success in moving the Republican Party.

It is up to each voter to decide for each race if voting for a Green makes sense for whatever reason.

There is certainly nothing to be lost in looking at what Greens are saying and in thinking about everyday issues in new ways.

It is likely that a number of the candidates below have web sites even if not linked to on the list.

Google these folks and see what you find. In my experience some Greens run energetic campaigns while others do not. This is just how it is for major party candidates.

Here is the Green party of Harris County. 

Here is the Green Party of the United States.

Early voting takes place in Texas from October 22 through November 2.  General Election Day is November 6.

Here is the list of Green candidates on the Texas ballot in 2012—

President/Vice President

Jill Stein / Cheri Honkala

State-wide Office

David B. Collins – U.S. Senate sitesiteFacebook

Charles E. Waterbury – Texas Supreme Court – Place 4

Chris Kennedy – Texas Railroad Commission – Place 1

Jim Chisholm – Texas Supreme Court – Position 6

Bexar County

Federal

Antonio Diaz – US House of Representatives, Texas 20th Congressional District

Ed Scharf – US House of Representatives, Texas 23rd Congressional District

Meghan Owen – US House of Representatives, Texas 35th Congressional District

Michael D. Cary – US House of Representatives, Texas 28th Congressional District

Rhett Smith – US House of Representatives, Texas 14th Congressional District

State

Chris Christal – Texas Senate – District 26

Chuck Robinson – Texas House of Representatives – District 123

Gregory L. Fox – Texas House of Representatives – District 120

Herb Gonzales, Jr – Texas House of Representatives – District 124

Irene Meyer Scharf – State Board of Education – District 5

Timothy Giddens – Texas House of Representatives – District 125

Local

Eric M Fahrenthold – County Commissioner – Precinct 3

Joel Benavidez – Justice of the Peace – Precinct 2, Place 1

Paul Pipkin – County Tax Assessor-Collector

Sonia Lucy Benavides – County Commissioner – Precint 1

Dallas County

Federal

Brandon Parmer – U.S. House of Representatives – District 6

State

Angela Sarlay – Texas House of Representatives – District 113

Josh Wendel – Texas Railroad Commission – Place 2

Saul Arechar – Texas House of Representatives – District 105

Denton County

State

Alex Mendoza – Texas House of Representatives – District 65

Harris County

Federal

Don Cook – U.S. House of Representatives – District 22

Lance Findley – U.S. House of Representatives – District 7

Maria Selva – U.S. House of Representatives – District 29

Mark A. Roberts – U.S. House of Representatives – District 2

Vanessa Foster – U.S. House of Representatives – District 9

State

Alfred Molison, Jr. – Texas House of Representatives – District 131

Art Browning – Texas House of Representatives – District 130

David Courtney – Texas Senate District 17

Deb Shafto – Texas House of Representatives – District 147

G C Molison – State Board of Education – District 6

Henry Cooper – Texas House of Representatives – District 148

Local

Carlos Villalobos – Harris County Constable – Precinct 1

Remington Alessi – Harris County Sheriff

Lubbock County

State

Leanne Lamb-Vines – Texas House of Representatives – District 84

Local

W.L. Matheny – County Commissioner – Precinct 1

Randall

Federal

Keith F. Houston – U.S. House of Representatives – District 13

Tarrant

Federal

Ed Lindsay – U.S. House of Representatives – District 33

Webb

Local

Emily Marie Sanchez – Tax Assessor-Collector

Wise

State

Matthew Britt – Texas House of Representatives – District 61

October 17, 2012 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , | 5 Comments

2011 Harris County Green Party Endorsements For Houston City Council

Below are the Harris County Green Party endorsements for Houston City Council in 2011.

Here are my Houston municipal election endorsements for 2011.

LOCAL ELECTIONS
Green Party members:
Don Cook, for Houston City Council At-Large Position 1
Video interview on Greenwatch
Amy Price for Houston City Council At-Large Position 4

Video interview on Greenwatch

also endorsed:
Jenifer René Pool (At-Large 2)
Jolanda Jones (At-Large 5)
Karen Derr (District C)


also endorsed OCCUPY HOUSTON (non-partisan)
Greenwatch TV about O H

October 28, 2011 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Who Is Running In 2011 City Of Houston Elections?

Houston municipal elections are just weeks away.

(Above–Photo montage of Houston by Yassie.

October 11 is the last day to register to vote.

Early voting runs October 24–November 4.

Election Day is November 8.

Voters in Houston will be selecting a Mayor, the City Controller, 5 at-large citywide Council positions, and 11 district Council seats.

(Update 10/25/11—Here are my endorsements for Houston in 2011)

Who are the candidates?

There are some useful resources online for you to get the lay of the land.

Fellow Houston blogger Charles Kuffner has a list posted of the candidates and of what groups have endorsed the candidates.  Charles has also conducted interviews with many of the candidates.These interviews can also be accessed at the link above.

The Harris County Republican Party has a very helpful list of the candidates with the party identification of each candidate.

The Harris County Democratic Party—damned near useless in municipal elections as always—has a list of candidates that offers no clues at all as to who is a Democrat.

The Harris County Green Party has a web site as well.  There are two Green candidates in 2011.

While candidates are not listed by party on the city ballot, nothing prohibits candidates for Houston city office from saying what party they represent.

Party identification is a core political question that tells voters a number of things about a candidate.

I don’t know why the Harris County Democratic Party does not promote itself and all the Democratic candidates on the ballot  more aggressively in City of Houston elections.

Most people in Houston vote Democratic in most elections.

You would think that given how lousy turnout is in city elections year-after-year, that the Democratic Party would want to expand the number of people who take part in these elections.

You would think this would be even more the case as the 2012 elections approach. Democrats will have positions to gain and to defend in Harris County in 2012.

While I do not believe that Barack Obama will win Texas in 2012, there is no reason to concede 14 months before the election. You never know. Houston is the largest city in Texas. Should not every effort be made to mobilize likely Democratic voters in Houston?

I suppose though that if the local Democratic establishment did really try to expand turnout , they might have to start to answer questions about why our local Democrats are silent about a near 50% child poverty rate in Houston.

And, of course, we would not want partisanship to get in the way of Democratic Mayor Annise Parker’s outreach to Republicans.

Mayor Parker’s 70% victory with 15% turnout is going to be of cold comfort should Republicans make major gains in Harris County in 2012 and if Rick Perry is elected President.

As we progress towards Election Day, I’m going to have more on the candidates and on who liberals and progressives can support with some measure of enthusiasm.

I’m afraid that may not be a very long list.

In any case, it is up to each voter to learn about the candidates and to ask questions of the candidates during the election season.

The work of freedom and democracy is up to each of us.

September 20, 2011 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Harris Party Green Party Fundraiser On March 31—If Our Elected Leaders Can Party Shop, Why Can’t You?

There will be a Harris Party Green Party fundraiser held at Bohemeo’s–located at 708 Telephone Road in Houston–at 8 PM on Thursday, March 31.

If Democratic Mayor Annise Parker can attend the big Harris County Republican fundraiser and Democratic Councilmember C.O Bradford can hang out with Republicans, than I don’t see why anybody else can’t shop around a little bit among this various political parties.

There is always room for new voices and new ideas. I can’t imagine that many progressives and liberals in Houston can be overly contented with the municipal and county leadership of either major party in Houston and Harris County.

March 30, 2011 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , | Leave a comment

What To Do When Visting Houston For The Final Four—Some Excellent Suggestions

The college basketball Final Four will be played in Houston. The event begins on Saturday, April 2 and ends on Monday, April 4.

(Above–Basketball. Here is a useful history of basketball.)

What should folks visiting Houston do while in our city for the Final Four?

I have some suggestions.

1.  Thank every person you see in Harris County for helping to pay for Reliant Stadium. Even if the money comes from car rental and hotel taxes, it is still money that belongs to the people of Harris County.  Our county has a big budget shortfall right now that will involve vital services being cut. Still, even if some folks can’t  get mental health counseling anymore , we at least have plenty of taxpayer subsidized sports facilities.

People at the games are free to start chants in favor of socialism as they enjoy the Final Four.

2. Arrive in Houston early and attend the Harris County Green Party fundraiser to be held at 8:00 PM on Thursday, March 31 at Bohemeo’s. Bohemeo’s is located at 708 Telephone Rd. in Houston. We deserve other options than just the two major parties.

3. Visit our newly renovated Downtown Houston Public Library. The library had plenty of books for you to read.

4. April 4th marks the 43rd anniversary of the assassination of Martin Luther King. ( Please click here for the best Martin Luther King Reading & Reference List on the web.) The well-known Rothko Chapel features a sculpture outside the building that honors Reverend King.  The Rothko Chapel is located at 3900 Yupon Street.

(Below–Rothko Chapel. Photo by Argos’Dad.)

5. Drive 50 miles down the road and visit Galveston, Texas. There is a lot of history in Galveston and there is plenty to do. Galveston is working to recover from Hurricane Ike and your visit will be most welcomed. One of the very best attractions in Galveston is the free Bolivar Ferry. This boat trip runs about 25 minutes each way between Galveston Island and Bolivar Peninsula.  You can park the car and walk on board. Or you can drive on and explore Bolivar.

(Below–View from the Bolivar Ferry. Picture taken by myself.)

The Bolivar Chamber of Commerce thinks the ferry is wonderful. I’m glad to see this Chamber favors the Texas Department of Transportation money that keeps the ferry free to all.

In any case, provisional on your ability to drive in a civilized fashion if you are renting a car, and contingent on your willingness to tip well given that you have enough money to attend these basketball games, welcome to Houston.

March 28, 2011 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments