As a Green Party member in the County of Fresno of California, you are eligible to run for the Green Party County Council– an opportunity to act locally, while thinking globally.
The County Council is the legal body of the state Green Party (GPCA) on the county level. It is generally responsible for organizing and coordinating Green Party activity within the county, including party building, internal and external communications, supporting local Green candidates and representing county Greens to the state Green Party.
County Councils are elected in the June presidential primary election every four years by registered Greens. County Councils hold public meetings and are governed by their own county bylaws.
To run for the Fresno Green Party County Council, one must be a registered Green anywhere in Fresno County and have been registered Green at least three months prior to the opening of the nomination filing period, which begins in 2016 on January 4th. (If you live in another county like Merced, Tulare, or another please contact me at (559)408-3320 or firstname.lastname@example.org to direct you further)
To qualify for the ballot, a potential County Council candidate must gather twenty (20) nomination signatures from registered Greens in the district. These nomination signatures are then checked for validity by the Fresno County Registrar. If enough are valid, one's name is placed on the ballot for a public vote of registered Greens in the June 7, 2016 primary. (If seven (7) or less candidates qualify for the ballot then all are declared elected, and the election does not appear on the ballot.)
The 2016 signature gathering period is between January 4 and March 11th. To begin the process, one must go to the Fresno County Registrar's office at 2221 Kern Street, in Fresno, to fill out the declaration of candidacy, obtain the official signature gathering forms and then later, hand them in upon completion. Some counties also allow for electronic filing of the declaration of candidacy, with authorization for someone else to pick up your nomination papers. You can contact your county registrar for more information at (559) 600-VOTE or (559) 600-8683.
If you qualify for the ballot, we also encourage you to post a campaign page for yourself on the League of Women Voters Smart Voter website, which they offer for free to all candidates, even for County Council. For more information: http://www.smartvoter.org/voter/cand.html
If you are also considering running for State Legislature or the US Congress in 2016, the signature gathering period for both starts at the same time as for County Council, so you can gather signatures for both at the same time – that is the result of a 2012 change in state law that the Green Party lobbied for.
It is also possible this year to gather signatures for a group of County Council candidates on the same petition, as a result of additional Green Party lobbying efforts which led to the state legislature's passing of a Green Party section in the state Elections Code. Ask your county registrar about this option.
We hope you will consider getting active in the Green Party on the county level through your local county council -- and help build a strong and independent Green electoral option in California
Sanda Everette, Alex Shantz, Co-coordinators, GPCA Coordinating Committee, Pamela Spevack, Rich Stone, Co-coordinators, GPCA Campaigns and Candidates Working Group, Michael Feinstein, Spokesperson, Green Party of California.
Stay connected with the Green Party of California (and spread the message via social media)
On Twitter: www.twitter.com/gpca
On Facebook: www.facebook.com/cagreens
State Party email forum: lists.cagreens.org/mailman/listinfo/gpca-forum
GPCA general contact: email@example.com • 916-448-3437
Volunteer with the GPCA -cagreens.nationbuilder.com/volunteerdetail
Donate to the GPCA (we don't take corporate donations and are funded by people like you)
Register Green on-line (share this with your friends and interested others)