Looking for Green shoots on election day
Should Muriel Bowser win, that would create a vacancy on council for the fourth ward seat. Green Party member Renee Bowser will probably run again. So there is a real possibility that DC could have two Green Party members on council.
I will be watching NY state to see if Howie Hawkins breaks 10%, but even more I will be watching the Finger Lakes region and Hudson River Valley to see if an local Green Party candidates win. Likewise I will be watching across the country for local Green Party candidate victories, especially in Michigan, where Democrats have completely failed to protect the public interest.
I will also be watching Seattle to see if they can elect another Socialist Alternative candidate to the city council.
Given the enourmous popular disillusitonment with the legacy parties, emergent parties had a huge opportunity in 2014, but for the most part they were not in a position to take advantage of it. Most of them are still not committed to doing the sort of things that win elections, such as building a data base of identified supporters and training party members in the basics of grassroots politics. But if we can make even a handful of break throughs they will supply the model for 2016 and beyond.
What are you watching this election cycle?