Our political system can be fixed.
Why run? That should be the first question a candidate asks her/himself.
Ideally, candidates should run to win their election, but even if you don’t here are 9 ways your credible campaign wins no matter what:
1. Earn credibility for the party
2. Energize and educate local greens
3. Attract new members/supporters
4. Gain practical experience
5. Raise Green issues/educate the community
6. Pressure opponents and push them on issues
7. Increase choice (democracy)
8. Achieve ballot access
9. Establish new locals
Use the resources below to get started on how to run a political campaign from start to finish. This upfront information will aid you in deciding to run and planning a smart and efficient campaign:
When planning a campaign it is best to do so as far in advance as possible. We recommend at least 1-2 years before election day in the race you are planning on running in. The organization Definitely Someday is a great resource for campaign pre-planning.
Sound too intimidating? There are many ways you can get involved in your community to set yourself up for a successful race. We recommend being involved with your local neighborhood councils, city boards, and other activist organizations. Get to know your neighbors, build a resume and reputation that demonstrates your dedication to Green values and your ability to get things done.
We are currently looking for Soil and Water Board Commissioner candidates of every level of commitment to run Green. These are important elected positions that help protect our natural resources but are back-of-the-ballot races. Candidates often do not run traditional campaigns for these seats, but they can win the election even without a high-profile campaign.
Our endorsement process is flexible and as-needed. Green candidates are endorsed by the most local branch of the Party, and the process is set up by each local or the state party depending on the circumstances of that race. Typically a screening committee is formed each year to determine the process. Interested candidates may contact firstname.lastname@example.org to be steered toward the appropriate local. Candidates will be sent a screening form prior to an endorsement meeting, and an interview with the candidate is also often part of the process. Endorsements are made made with input and a vote from the membership of that local. To be a voting member at a local typically requires attending at least three Green Party meetings, but this varies depending on the local. Caucuses have historically been held only for Presidential election years, but this may change with the coming primary system.
Whatever level of interest you have - whether you want more information, consultation or are ready to run -- let us know below which office(s) you are interested in and we can help you brainstorm strategy or let you know what seats are up for election in your area!