Pacific Green Party

The Pacific Green Party of Oregon (PGP) is a political party in the U.S. state of Oregon, recognized by the Oregon Secretary of State.[3] It is affiliated with the Green Party of the United States. The party has occasionally elected candidates to public office at the local level.

Pacific Green Party
of Oregon
Governing BodyCoordinating Committee
7 Co-Chairs
State Senate LeaderNone
State House LeaderNone
HeadquartersPO Box 1606
Eugene, OR 97440
Membership (April 2020)7,679[1]
National affiliationGreen Party of the United States
International affiliationGlobal Greens
Colors  Green
Oregon State Senate
0 / 30
Oregon House of Representatives
0 / 60
Local Offices5 (March 2021)[2]

The party gained widespread public attention during Ralph Nader's presidential campaign in 2000, which garnered over 5% of the vote statewide.


The party was initially founded as the Pacific Party in 1992,[citation needed] largely in response of the perceived failure of the Democratic Party to provide meaningful opposition to the 1991 Gulf War.[citation needed]

Many of the party's early candidates were also highly involved in the forest protection movement. These included candidate for United States Senate Lou Gold in 1994; Joe Keating for Congress and Andy Davis for state representative in 1996; and Blair Bobier for governor and Karen Moskowitz for U.S. Senate in 1998.[citation needed] Davis and Keating were arrested for civil disobedience at the United States Forest Service office building in downtown Portland during the campaign, chaining themselves to a desk along with local activist attorney Stu Sugarman.

Ralph Nader was the party's nominee for President of the United States in 1996, and his vice-presidential candidate, Winona LaDuke, came to Portland and walked a local picket line in support of raising the minimum wage.[citation needed] In addition to running candidates for office that year, the Pacific Party helped pass initiatives to raise the state minimum wage and expand the Portland area light rail system.[citation needed]

In 2004, Teresa Keane, the Green Party's candidate for the United States Senate, won 2.4% of the vote – more than any other Green candidate for the U.S. Senate in that year. In 2006 Keane was elected Chair of the newly formed Green Senatorial Campaign Committee (GSCC),[4] a seven-member committee elected by the National Committee of the Green Party of the United States to raise funds for senate candidates.[5]


The party's platform emphasizes environmentalism, economic and social justice, peace and nonviolence, and respect for diversity. The party's platform expresses the following positions:[6]

Current elected officialsEdit

The following are currently elected Green officeholders in the state of Oregon.[7]

  • Alex Polikoff, Corvallis Rural Fire Protection District - term through May 2021
  • Cindy Johnsen, John Day Water District, Commissioner Position 5 (Clatsop County) - term through May 2021

Election resultsEdit

Presidential electionsEdit

Year Nominee Votes %
1996 Ralph Nader 49,415 3.59%
2000 Ralph Nader 77,357 5.04%
2004 David Cobb 5,315 0.29%
2008 Cynthia McKinney 4,543 0.25%
2012 Jill Stein 19,427 1.09%
2016 Jill Stein 50,002 2.50%
2020 Howie Hawkins 11,831 0.50%

Senate electionsEdit

Year Nominee Votes %
1996 Gary Kutcher 14,193 1.04%
1996* Lou Gold 7,225 0.60%
1998 Karyn Moskowitz 22,024 1.97%
2004 Teresa Keane 45,053 2.41%
2014 Christina Jean Lugo 32,434 2.22%
2016 Eric Navickas 48,823 2.50%
2020 Ibrahim Taher 42,239 1.82%

Gubernatorial electionsEdit

Year Nominee Votes %
1998 Blair Bobier 15,843 1.42%
2006 Joe Keating 20,030 1.45%
2014 Jason Levin 29,561 2.01%

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Voter Registration by County april 2020" (PDF). Retrieved May 19, 2020.
  2. ^ "Officeholders". Green Party US. Retrieved 8 March 2021. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. ^ "Voting In Oregon". Retrieved May 19, 2020.
  4. ^ [1] Archived September 27, 2007, at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ [2] Archived September 28, 2007, at the Wayback Machine
  6. ^ "The Platform of the Pacific Green Party". Pacific Green Party. Retrieved May 19, 2020.
  7. ^ "Greens in Office". Retrieved May 19, 2020.

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