2012 Colorado Election Results for Green Party Candidates
(These results are unofficial as of Nov. 7, according to elections offices.)
Jill Stein/Cheri Honkala (President/Vice President): 0.29%, 6,842 votes
Gary Swing (US Representative, CD1) : 1.34%, 4,422 votes
Susan Hall (US Representative, CD2): 2.35%, 9,346 votes
Misha Luzov (US Representative, CD5): 5.88%, 17,218 votes
Victor Forsythe Villacres (State Representative, HD5): 3.73%, 959 votes
Art Goodtimes (San Miguel County Commissioner, District 3): 42.37%, 1,746 votes (re-elected)
Steven Schecter (Gunnison County Commissioner, District 1): 18.82%, 1,553 votes
Karyna Lemus (El Paso County Commissioner, District 2): 22.4%, 10,708 votes
Bradley Harris (El Paso County Commissioner, District 4): 2.61%, 876 votes
“I would like to add my voice of thanks for all the courage and hard work of our Colorado candidates,” said Colorado Green Party Secretary Eric Fried. “In all cases, votes for Greens were many multiples of the number of registered Greens, despite near-total media blackout. In Larimer County, for instance, Susan Hall got over 4,000 votes, while we have only about 800 registered Greens.”
“The challenge now is to build on that success, pulling in people who voted green, got active in the campaign, or maybe just learned for the first time that there is a green party, and involve them in green party activity. Post-election parties or informal discussions, involving any folks contacted during the campaign, might be a good next step. Post-campaign Op-Eds or letters to the editor from greens is another way to continue to try to break through,” Fried concluded.
Noteworthy National Election Results for the Green Party
Nationally, Jill Stein finished in fourth place among presidential candidates with about 0.3% of the vote (396,684 votes), after Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson, who won1,139,562 votes. Jill received more than twice as many votes as Cynthia McKinney, the 2008 Green Party nominee for president (161,195 votes), and more than three times as many votes as David Cobb, the 2004 Green Party candidate for president (119,859 votes). Her best showing was in Maine, with 1.3% of the vote.
In Arkansas, Green Party nominee and former Harlem Globetrotter Fred Smith was elected to the State House of Representatives. He is just the fourth person to
be elected to a state legislature as a Green Party candidate in the United States. He will now be the highest elected Green Party office-holder in the United States. Smith officially received 100% of the vote after a judge disqualified the Democratic Party incumbent, who was convicted of conspiracy to commit election fraud.
Seven Green Party candidates were on the ballot for U.S. Senate seats, and 64 for US House of Representative seats in 2012. Of these 71 Congressional candidates, two received more than 10% of the vote. Anthony Vieyra, the Green Party candidate for US Representative from California’s 35th Congressional District, received 18.6% of the vote, the highest percentage of the vote cast for any Green Party candidate for Congress this year. Under the “top two open primary” system instituted in California following the passage of Proposition 14, Anthony Vieyra ran in a June, 2012 open primary, finishing third out of three candidates. He was disqualified from the general election ballot. California’s top two primary system shuts out minor party candidates from the general election ballot. No Green Party candidates appeared on California’s general election ballot this year below the office of president. Rebekah Kennedy, a Green Party candidate for US Representative in Arkansas received 16.1% of the vote, the highest percentage cast for any Green Party Congressional candidate appearing on the November 2012 general election ballot.
Thanks to Gary Swing for submitting this report.