Green Politicians? In Richmond?

With so much hype over the fate of Aimee Allison, the Green Party candidate for Oakland’s District 2 City Council seat, we practically missed the fact that last night the Greens won their first-ever California mayoral campaign in Richmond, where Gayle McLaughlin and her “10-Point Plan for a Better Richmond,” narrowly beat incumbent Irma Anderson. Okay, it’s sort of a technical first — Greens have been appointed mayor 22 times in California history. Need to know how the rest of the Green candidates fared statewide? The full press release from the Green Party of California after the jump.

    News Advisory

    Green Party candidate upsets incumbent in
    Richmond, becomes first elected Green mayor
    in state; Victory underscores major party gains

    SACRAMENTO, Ca. (November 8, 2006) – The Green Party of California
    declared Tuesday’s election a major victory after 18 Green candidates won
    their races – including Gayle McLaughlin, who captured the mayor’s spot in
    Richmond to became the first Green ever elected as mayor in California.

    Greens now hold 52 elected offices in California. Of 59 Greens on the state
    ballot Tuesday, from Governor and US Senate to Congress, the state
    legislature and local office, 18 of them, or 30.5 percent, were victorious.
    Four won city council spots – including incumbent Larry Robinson in
    Sebastopol which has had a Green majority since 2000. Six Greens won seats
    on boards of education, and four now have seats on the Berkeley rent
    stabilization board.

    McLaughlin, who first ran for public office in 2004 when she won a Richmond
    City Council position, defeated the incumbent mayor of Richmond, although
    McLaughlin was outspent by about 10-1. The incumbent accepted more than
    $110,000 from largely corporate interests, including Chevron, while
    McLaughlin refused corporate money and raised about $14,000.

    Richmond, a working class suburb of San Francisco with a population of
    about 104,000, becomes the biggest city in the U.S. where at Green is at
    the helm, and the first in California where a Green was directly elected as
    mayor. Twenty-two Greens have been appointed mayor in California,
    including the cities of Santa Monica, Sonoma, Sebastopol, Santa Cruz,
    Fairfax, Albany, Truckee and Santa Monica.

    “Gayle’s election is a good thing for the party, and for the citizens of
    Richmond,” said Susan King, GPCA spokesperson. “Overall, this election
    resulted in some big victories for the Green Party and our agenda for
    peace, and social justice,” she added.

    Greens believe California voter discontent over the war in the Iraq – and
    the role played by Democrats and Republicans in that bloodshed – helped
    Green Party candidates this year.

UPDATE: With absentee votes still being counted, McLaughlin may not have won, after all. See our additional coverage.

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