In reporting on the Green Party of Florida (GPFL) election results for the August 28, 2018 primary, we reported that Elijah Manley got 43,000 votes (18.49%) for Broward County at-large School District 8 and Robin Harris netted 4,720 votes (24.8%) for Orange County Commission District 6. We remarked:
“To put it simply, this year’s numbers show that where Greens run and run hard, they now represent an identifiable voting bloc that duopoly candidates can only ignore at their peril. They call that power.”
Tuesday is the day we can make a difference. But frankly, it is clear that we already have.
My opponent is getting nervous. First of all, he has been adopting my positions. In our first side-by-side radio interviews on WJNO, Joel Malkin interviewed me first, and latched onto my founding Black Lives Matter in Palm Beach County. Joel then asked Silvers about that and pointed out that Silvers was touting his endorsements from the FOP (Fraternal order of Police) and the BPA (Benevolent Police Association). Suddenly, Silvers is all like “Cops? I… pfft… no, man, I don’t get down with cops. I mean, sure, they endorsed me, but I don’t know them.”
Now that I am the male co-chair of the Green Party of Florida, and running for the District 87 seat of the Florida House of Representatives, people ask me, “Why are you doing all this? What moves you to stick your neck out in these perilous, polarized times?”
This has been a very different election year. We all know how 3rd party candidates are dismissed as merely “protest votes,” or “symbolic,” or “marginal,” etc. Worst yet, they are excoriated as “spoilers”! But to the Democratic Party professionals, they are generally brushed off as a nuisance. They have been rightly defended by Greens for “raising important issues,” and indeed they do. But typical was Henry Lawrence’s 2014 run for Florida House District 6, where his courageous but underfunded campaign got 3%, which translated into 1,606 people who voted “None of the Above.”
Green Party of Florida endorses Fair Representation Act
The Fair Representation Act (HR 3057), introduced in the U.S. House in June 2017 by Rep. Donald S. Byer, Jr. (D-VA-8), would introduce three pro-democracy changes to our voting system: ranked choice voting; proportional representation; and fair redistricting. The bill proposes:
“establish the use of ranked choice voting in elections for Representatives in Congress”;
“require each state with more than one Representative to establish multi-member Congressional districts”; and
“require states to conduct Congressional redistricting through independent commissions.”
Reposted from pinellasgreens.com – 2018 Candidates, posted July 18, 2018
Robin Harris is running for Orange County Commission, District 6, and resides in Pine Hills, an unincorporated subdivision of Orange County, home of the Disney empire. She is a long-time social justice activist, writer, poet, public speaker and minister. A Texas native, Robin currently lives in Florida where she fights alongside other activists in Orlando, Florida. She has spoken at press conferences and rallies surrounding issues that affect marginalized communities. Robin also organizes and assists in many community events, including engaging in civil disobedience for an important cause.
I, Samson LeBeau Kpadenou, am running to represent Florida’s 87th legislative district as a member of the Green Party.
I am a life-long restaurant worker and native of Michigan. I have lived in Florida for 11 years.
Because of gerrymandering, big money influence and the Two Party Trap, this will be the first election for state rep here since the district was created in 2010! Like so many other districts in Palm Beach County and Florida, the people have not ever been given a chance to decide who will write their laws in Tallahassee.