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Green Party of California

The Green Party of California (GPCA) is the California affiliate of the Green Party of the United States. The party is a ballot-qualified in California, first established as such in 1991, using the petition method of gaining state recognition.

Green Party of California
Founded 1991; 27 years ago (1991)
Political position Left-wing
National affiliation Green Party of the United States
Seats in the US Senate
0 / 2
Seats in the US House
0 / 53
Statewide Executive Offices1
0 / 8
Seats in the State Senate
0 / 40
Seats in the State Assembly
0 / 80
Elected officials 71+ (2016 Est.)[1]

1California Department of Education is a nonpartisan state executive position.

As of October 20, 2014, there were 110,511 registered party members accounting for 0.62 percent of registered voters in California,[2] Mendocino, Nevada, and Humboldt counties have the highest per-capita number of Green Party members.[3]

To maintain qualified status[4] in California, a party must have registered voters equal to or more than 0.33% percent of the number of voters, or by the petition method, according to which a party must get petition signatures of 10% of registered voters in the previous gubernatorial election.[5]

In 1994 Margaret Garcia received 3.8 percent (315,079 votes) for Secretary of State, surpassing the 2 percent threshold necessary to retain statewide ballot status. Garcia's total retained ballot status for the Green Party of California, because after the November 1994 election, the number of voters needed to qualify (or re-qualify) went up to 89,007 (Green registrants stood at 78,992). Had Garcia not received the total she did, the Green Party of California would have lost its ballot status as of January 1995.

Since the 1994 elections, the party has had continuous ballot access in California.[6]

In 1996 Arcata, California, a city with a population of about 17,000, became the first city ever to have a Green majority on the city council, with three of five seats. Greens controlled the council from 1996–1998 and again from 2004-2006.[7]

In the 2000s Gayle McLaughlin won elections as city councilor and mayor in Richmond, California, running with the Green Party designation.

In the 2018 congressional elections, two Green Party candidates, Kenneth Mejia (12.1% of the vote) in the 34th congressional district[8] and Rodolfo Cortes-Barragan (19.6% of the vote) in the 40th congressional district,[9] won second position status at the primary stage and will face off against Democratic opponents in the November election. Both of their districts are in Los Angeles County.

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  1. ^ "Officeholders". Green Party of California. Retrieved 2016-10-24.
  2. ^ Secretary of State, State of California, Report of Registration as of October 20 2014
  3. ^ State of California (20 October 2011) "15 Day Report of Registration."
  4. ^ "Qualified Political Parties - California Secretary of State". Sacramento: California Secretary of State. Retrieved 16 January 2017.
  5. ^ "Political Party Qualification - California Secretary of State". Sacramento: California Secretary of State. Retrieved 16 January 2017.
  6. ^ Garrison, Ann (June 8, 2016). "Green Party Seeks 2016 Ballot Access in all 50 States: an Interview with Rick Lass". Petrolia, California: counter punch. Retrieved 16 January 2017.
  7. ^ Kirkpatrick, Jason (1997). "Arcata, California's Green City Council Majority". Synthesis/Regeneration. Retrieved 16 January 2017.
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