Green Party candidates poised to win 2 elections, qualify for congressional runoff in Tuesday special elections
GREEN PARTY OF CALIFORNIA NEWS RELEASE
For immediate release: Monday, March 7, 2005
Cres Vellucci, State Press Office, 916-996-1970,
Beth Moore Haines, GPCA Spokesperson, 530-277-0610,
Kevin McKeown, GPCA Spokesperson, 310-393-3639,
Sara Amir, GPCA Spokesperson, 310-270-7106,
SACRAMENTO, Ca. (March 7, 2005) – Green Party candidates are in three
elections statewide this Tuesday – in Sacramento, Arcata and Pasadena – and
they are poised to win two of them outright, and qualify for a runoff in
In Arcata, Greg Allen is one of the favorites in a nine-person field to win
the City Council seat narrowly denied him in November when he was edged out
by fellow Green Paul Pitino. A victory by Allen would give Greens four
members of the five-person council.
And, in Pasadena, Green Victor Gonzalez is locked in a two-candidate race
for the Pasadena School Board. Gonzalez is a teacher and literacy expert
with the Los Angeles Unified School District.
Finally, in Sacramento Tuesday, Pat Driscoll will be the uncontested Green
Party victor in a Special Primary Election to pick the candidates for a
Special Election Runoff May 3 to replace the late Rep. Robert Matsui in the
The favorite in the 12-person race is Doris Matsui, the wife of the Robert
Matsui, who had just won his 14th term in Congress in 2004 before dying
January 1. She could negate a runoff by collecting more than 50 percent of
the vote Tuesday.
However, Driscoll and other anti-war candidates have joined forces and hope
to force the runoff – despite Matsui's early lead and nearly $1 million in
mostly PAC contributions.
In all, 67 Greens now hold public office in California. There are four
Green Party mayors, and 12 Greens on city councils or boards of
supervisors. Greens hold the majority on city councils in Sebastopol and
The Green Party of California
P.O. Box 2828, Sacramento, CA 95812
Phone: (916) 448-3437