Sunday, November 09, 2008

State Green Party wins mayor spot, may put 2 on SF Board of Supervisors, and amass at least 5 wins statewide after Tuesday's election

News Advisory

Wednesday, November 5, 2008
Cres Vellucci,press secretary, 916.996-9170
Daniel Brezenoff, spokesperson, 310.422-2211
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Dr. Bob Vizzard, spokesperson, 916.206-8953,

SACRAMENTO, CA. The Green Party will assume the No. 1 elected office in another California city, and may yet have two members on the powerful San Francisco Board of Supervisors after preliminary results were announced for Tuesday's election.

Greens, who already hold about 50 elected posts throughout the state, claimed at least five victories, including one for mayor, one for the SF Board of Supervisors. .

Bruce Delgado, a former city councilperson in Marina in Monterey County, garnered 2,401 votes, or 51.92 percent of the vote to become mayor of Marina in Monterey County. He joins other Green Party mayors รข€“ elected Richmond Mayor Gayle McLaughlin and Craig Litwin, appointed mayor in Sebastopol.

In San Francisco, incumbent Ross Mirkarimi retained his spot on the Board of Supervisors with a whopping 77 percent of the vote. Mark Sanchez, current president of the SF Board of Education, was second in his district race for the board, but tens of thousands of votes are yet to be counted, and ranked choice voting may push him into a seat.

In other statewide Green Party wins Tuesday, Jesse Townley won a spot on the Berkeley Rent Stabilization Board in Berkeley; John Selawsky retained his seat on the Berkeley School Board; and Kaitlin Sopoci-Belknap was re-elected to the Humboldt Municipal Water District Board.

Elsewhere, Ivan Olsen amassed 27 percent, but finished second for Gonzalez (Monterey County) mayor. Linda Piera-Avila and Jon Mann collected six percent of the vote in the Santa Monica City Council race, but failed to win a seat. And, Bob Nanninga (Encinitas) just missed earning a spot on the City Council in Encinitas with nearly 11 percent of the vote.

Six Greens were on the ballot for a the House of Representatives. Carol Wolman amassed 10.13 percent in CD 1 along the coast, Peter Myers (CD 15) had 4.9 percent, Carol Brouillet (CD 14) 3.5 percent, tom Lash (CD 46) 2.8 percent, Barry Hermanson (CD12) 2.1 percent.

Jack Lindblad won 8.1 percent in the California Assembly (39th AD) race, Bruce Wolfe had 10.1 percent, but failed to win a spot on the San Francisco City College Board. Richard Boyle finished out of the running with 8.7 percent for the San Bernardino Community College Board.

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