Will you run for office as a Green in Los Angeles County?
In Los Angeles County, dozens of cities will have municipal elections in 2017 and 2018. In 2018 there are also elections for state and federal offfice - 23 State Assembly, 13 State Senate and 18 Congressional districts Congressional districts that are located all or in part in Los Angeles County.
Running for Municipal, County and Special District office
• List of Scheduled Local Elections in LA County in 2017
• List of Scheduled Local Elections in LA County in 2018
(see here for 2016 Neighborhood Council elections in the City of Los Angeles, same will be in play in 2018)
Such local elections are officially non-partisan, meaning there is no party label next to a candidate's name on the ballot. When Greens run in local elections, they can win. We currently have 68 Greens elected to local office in California. Since the GPCA's founding in 1990, over 350 Greens have been elected to local office.
Running for State and Federal office
Step #1: Make sure you meet the deadline for registering Green and filing for office
The deadline for state or federal office has already past. But its not too soon to start thinking about 2018 - a good campaign plans ahead.
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?
Step #3: Talk to 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 and seek support from local Green Party leaders.
Step #4: Select your district
In 2018 there are be elections for State Assembly, State Senate and Congressional districts that are located all or in part in Los Angeles County. You can find your district here by putting in your address.
Step #5: Identify the deadlines, requirements and fees required to run for state and federal office
• Secretary of State Candidate Resources
• Videos: Fair Political Practices Commission Candidate & Treasurer Workshop - Parts 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5
• Campaign Guide for Congressional Candidates and Committees
• Candidate qualifications to be on the California 2016 Primary election ballot for state and federal office