The Green Party of Texas is grateful to all of our candidates who occupied the ballot and stood up for Green values this election cycle. We made significant gains across the ballot and will retain ballot access through 2016! The other big news...
Denton, TX, the birthplace of fracking, JUST BANNED FRACKING. Congratulations, Denton!
With 3 statewide judicial candidates polling over the needed 5% threshold, GPTX again defended its ballot access. Congratulations to Judith Sanders-Castro who became the first Texas Green to garner over 10% of the vote in a statewide race for her run at Court of Criminal Appeals Place 4.
Nationally, Greens won no less than 23 local offices in California, as well as several in Maine and Oregon. Here in Texas, our best result was Erika Martinez' race for Webb County Commissioner Pct 1 coming in at 42.78%. All 6 Webb County Green candidates polled over 10%! Frank Cortez for Webb County Judge - 12.5%, Jesus Quiroz for Treasurer - 14.69%, Luis Decker for Webb Co. Commissioner Pct. 4 - 15.49% Willie Koehn for Webb County Justice of the Peace Pct. 2 Pl. 1 - 19.57%, and Lakshmana "Vish" Viswanath for Webb County Justice of the Peace Pct. 4 - 25.48%. The Rio Grande Valley & South Texas are really catching fire for Greens right now! Our candidate for Harris County Judge, David B. Collins got 16.62% also! In the Comal County race for County Clerk, Matthew Hanson pulled 10.4%, and in the race for Denton County Clerk, Schyler Butler got 17.36%. All across the state we had 15 candidates in double digits, and in general Texas was a top performer for the national Green Party in terms of number of candidates with double digit results.
More highlights: In the race for US House of Representatives District 3 - Paul Blair - 18%, Antonio Diaz for US House of Representatives District 21 - 14.71%, US House #28 - Michael Cary - 4.56%. In the Texas House of Representatives: District 146 - Morgan Bradford - 8.12%, District 130 - Art Browning - 9.23%, District 123 - Paul Ingmundson - 13.72%, District 80 - Marco Buentello - 10.4%, District 42 - Nicholas Serna III - 11.55%.
The Green Party of Texas is extremely proud of all our candidates and delighted with results in many races. In statewide races near the top of the ticket, our numbers did dip below poll projections. Nonetheless, Martina Salinas for Railroad Commissioner did become the first Green to earn 2% in a statewide race with candidates from all 4 parties competing, and we had 7 candidates across the state poll higher than 15%. Given that 2/3 of voters did not participate in this election, we continue to see this very large untapped voter pool as people who have given up on the duopoly parties and are therefore likely prospects to join Greens. We look forward to growing the party organization in 2015 & invite you to join us in creating revolution at the ballot box! People, Peace, & Planet over profit!
US Senate - Emily "Spicy Brown" Sanchez - 1.17%
Governor - Brandon Parmer - .39%
Lieutenant Governor - Chandrakantha Courtney - .59%
Attorney General - Jamar Osborne - .63%
Comptroller of Public Accounts - Deb Shafto - .97%
Commissioner of Agriculture - Kenneth Kendrick - 1.68%
Railroad Commissioner - Martina Salinas - 2.04%
Commissioner of General Land Office - Valerie Alessi - 1.28%
Supreme Court Justice Place 7 - Charles E. Waterbury - .74%
Supreme Court Justice Place 8 - Jim Chisolm - 9.24%
Court of Criminal Appeals Place 4 - Judith Sanders-Castro - 10.45%
Court of Criminal Appeals Place 9 - George Joseph Altgelt - 8.56%
US Representative District 2 - Mark Roberts - .87%
US Representative District 3 - Paul Blair - 18%
US Representative District 13 - Don Cook - .70%
US Representative District 18 - Remington Alessi - 1.22%
US Representative District 21 - Antonio Diaz - 14.71%
US Representative District 28 - Michael D. Cary - 4.56%
US Representative District 35 - kat swift - 1.34%
US Representative District 36 - Hal J. Ridley, Jr - .51%
State Senate District 10 - John Tunmire - .60%
State Senate District 17 - David Courtney - .72%
State Representative District 42 - Nicholas Serna III - 11.55%
State Representative District 64 - Braeden Wright - 2.83%
State Representative District 80 - Marco Buentello - 10.4%
State Representative District 123 - Paul Ingmundson - 13.72%
State Representative District 130 - Art Browning - 9.23%
State Representative District 146 - Morgan Bradford - 8.12%
County Judge - (Bexar) Paul Pipkin - 1.3%
County Clerk - (Bexar) Earl Lyons - 1.96%
County Commissioner Precinct 2 - (Bexar) Chuck Robinson - 3.82%
County Clerk - (Comal) Matthew Hanson - 10.40%
County Clerk - (Denton) Schyler Butler - 17.36%
County Judge - (Harris) David B. Collins - 16.62%
County Criminal Court No. 13 - (Harris) Clint Davidson - 1.95%
County Clerk - (Travis) William Stout - 3.13%
County Judge - (Webb) Frank Cortez - 12.5%
County Commissioner Precinct 1 - (Webb) Erika Martinez - 42.78%
County Commissioner Precinct 4 - (Webb) Luis F. Decker - 15.49%
County Treasurer - (Webb) Jesus Quiroz - 14.69%
Justice of the Peace Pct 2, Pl 1 - (Webb) William "Willie" Koehn - 19.57%
Justice of the Peace Precinct 4 - (Webb) Lakshmana "Vish" Viswanath - 25.48%
As you can see by the wide range of results, some candidates occupied the ballot without campaigning, and others ran more active (if very low-budget) campaigns across our large state. It is impressive that our active candidates have been able to do so much with so little. We hope that this will encourage you to support Greens in the future, knowing that your support will go a long way even against big money when the values & message of the party ring true.