How to run for office as a Green
Greens are known for "thinking globally and running locally." There are currently 69 elected Greens in California after the November 2016 elections. To run for public office as a Green yourself, follow the steps below and contact Richard Gomez, GPCA Campaigns & Candidates Working Group.
Step #1: Identify the offices available to run for in your area
In 2017-18, there will be multiple offices open on the municipal, county, state and federal level. To find the municipal and county races in your area, check with the Registrar's office in your county. These seats are non-partisan and elections are mostly be held in March, April, June and November. Our greatest electoral successes have been at the local level. More than 350 California Greens have been elected to local office since the party's founding in 1990. In 2014 Greens won 34/58 races on the municipal and county level, in 2015, 12/15 races and in 2016 17/46 races.
On the state and federal level, there will be one U.S. Senate, 80 State Assembly, 20 State Senate and 53 congressional seats up for election in 2018. Find your district here. The Summary of Qualifications and Requirements for these offices are:
Step #2: Assess your skills and experience
What office best suits you, your skills, experience and interests? What does the Green Party of California platform have to say about the issues you would be running on? How much do you feel in alignment with the platform?
Step #3: Talk to and seek endorsements from your friends, colleagues and local Green Party leaders
To run a successful campaign, it helps to have a record of prior involvement in the community, as well as the support of friends and family, Greens and others active in politics. Seek advice from other Greens in your area who have run for office. Get input, seek support from local Green Party leaders and the endorsement of the Green Party county organization(s) in the area in which you are running. The Green Party of California also awards campaign support funds to candidates endorsed by their county Green Party, based upon this criteria.