November 2013 Election Results

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Green Parties Across the Country Celebrate the November 2013 Election with Both New Elected Greens and Re-elected Greens

California: Sixteen California Greens were elected to local government on November 5th, bringing to 18 elected overall in 2013, an all-time high for the party in an odd-numbered year – and bringing to 54 the number of California Greens currently holding public office statewide.

Maine: Anna Trevorrow [Portland Green] won a School Board seat  and Josh Plourde [Bangor Green] won a City Council seat.  The Portland Greens endorsed Legalization of Marijuana in Portland. It passed with 67% of the vote.  The Portland law will allow residents, 21 and older, to possess up to 2.5 ounces of marijuana. This will open the way for a state wide ballot item on state legalization in 2016.

More results are coming in.  Before this election the total number of Greens holding elected office was 132, representing 24 states and the District of Columbia.  In Tennessee we don’t have any elected Greens yet, but 2012 was our biggest year by far for the number of people stepping up to run.  We had 12 candidates in 2012 with several bringing in higher percentages than we had ever received before.  Unopposed elections are our best bet for getting folks in to office.  Let the Party leaders know if you are ready to run!  We’ll be there for you!

Greening The 7th District of Tennessee

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Howard Switzer

Hello everyone,

I am running for US Congress for you the planet. Currently the major political parties represent corporate interest over the interests of the people and they fund political campaigns to make sure their position and policies are upheld. We can no longer afford to let them do this.

It is difficult for a Green to get their ideas out and understood in a society guided by two polarized philosophies; individualism and socialism. Despite their differences, the two dominant philosophies are both human-centric and industrial. Green political thought is based on a philosophy that includes the 30 million other species our existence is interwoven with, and on which we depend for food, water and the other necessities of life. The current economy is parasitic, turning the biomass of other species into more human biomass as industrial activities propel extinctions of others at an accelerating rate. The writing is on the wall, our planet is finite, and while only a minority is seeing it, Greens have a plan to repair the damage.

To learn more about my campaign, please visit

Bless our Planet and all our Relations.

2012 Candidates

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March 17, 2014:  Green Party of TN Coordinating Committee will be announcing the 2014 candidates shortly.

On May 19, 2012 Greens from across Tennessee met in Nashville for the 2012 Green Party of TN Nominating Convention. A great group of folks turned out to vote for their favorite candidates. Here are the results:

United States Senate

Martin Pleasant

Martin Pleasant is a devoted husband and father and an active member of his community. He understands service and sacrifice, having been raised in an Army family. When his father’s service ended, the family settled in East Tennessee. During the times Martin’s family struggled financially, he remembers his mother counting tips to make rent. In spite of adversity, he learned the Golden Rule from his Mamaw and always treated everyone with respect regardless of their background.

As a teenager, Martin loved to hunt, fish, climb ridges, and explore valleys and creeks with his friends. He first developed a concern for the environment when he saw many dead fish float by while he was swimming in a stream. He began to see the impact humans have on the environment.Martin lives in South Knoxville and works with the Knox County Engineering & Public Works department, where he solves drainage problems and restores unhealthy creeks. His service includes crafting new ordinances that promote ecological practices in community development. He and his wife Virginia, along with their children, put these principles to action at home, ope rating a small organic farm and community garden space near Vestal, Tennessee.
Martin has also devoted himself to the welfare of Tennessee and its citizens by doing volunteer work with Americorps, Community Creek Clean-ups, River Rescue, coaching youth sports, and serving as President of Vine Middle School Parent Teacher Student Organization (PTSO).
Martin holds two degrees from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville-Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering and Master of Science in Environmental Engineering. Martin’s education and experience have given him the ability to work with a diverse group of people to solve problems.  He feels that this is a valuable skill to bring to public service in the U.S. Senate.

Martin is committed to the best interests of Tennessee. He would be honored to serve the great citizens of Tennessee in the US Senate.

Martin Pleasant for Senate Facebook page

Unites States House of Representatives

District 1

Bob Smith

I was born in Titusville, PA and grew up on part of the Seneca Reservation at Kinuza, PA. When I was 18 I joined the Navy, and spent almost 21 years there, mostly working with aircraft armaments. I spent 11 months and 13 days at sea around the time of the Cuban Crisis on a Radar Picket Ship, doing Air Control for the overflights of Cuba, and pilot retrieval if they got into difficulty. In 1980 I got out of the Navy and moved to Texas. I couldn’t go home, because, thanks to Kinuza dam, my hometown was under 700 feet of water. I married Jean in November of that year, and she has remained my steadfast partner ever since. I spent most of the 80′s and 90′s working at military-related jobs both in the U.S. and abroad, including “doing time” as a civilian contractor in Saudi Arabia. As i approached retirement, I got bitten by “the Green bug” and realized that the Green Party was an excellent way to express the Native American values with which I was raised. My platform as a Congressional candidate is to bring those values to bear on the many problems that have arisen since illegal immigrants from Europe hijacked my continent.

Bob Smith for US Congress Facebook page

District 2

Norris Dryer

I was born in Elkhart, Indiana on 4/12/43, and earned degrees in Mass Communications and Music History from Indiana University and Boston University respectively. I had a 41 year career in radio, mostly public radio, and continue to play violin in 3 East Tennessee orchestras, Knoxville, Oak Ridge and Kingsport. I was raised a Republican, became a Democrat while at IU and joined the Knox Greens in 2002. In 2003, I ran for Knoxville City Council as a Green candidate in a non-partisan race, and, although I didn’t get elected, I got 17% of the vote in a 4 person race. I think most Americans are really fed up with our 2 party system, which gives Greens a real opportunity.

District 5

John Miglietta

I have a PhD in Political Science and am a professor at Tennessee State University. I have been active with the Green Party for the last several years at the national, state, and local levels. I am running because the two major parties are not adequately addressing the issues confronting our country. One of the issues that I am focusing on is American foreign policy. Our country needs to emphasize human rights and respect for international law. The US should cease intervening in other nations and bring all US military forces and security contractors home from Iraq and Afghanistan. I will also work to end the stranglehold that corporate lobbyists have over government. I also advocate universal single-payer healthcare. My website is

District 6

Patrick John Riley

I have worked as a health education specialist, teacher, and real estate developer. I am currently a houseboat broker and singer-songwriter. I am a simple man, with a simple plan:

  • Stop the wars that are bankrupting the USA
  • Abolish the IRS
  • Audit the Federal Reserve
  • Stop illegal immigration
  • Stop the war on drugs
  • Preserve all our Constitutional rights including the 2nd amendment

I believe in Ron Paul’s message. However, I favor green, sustainable jobs and peaceful coexistence with nature. The Democrats and Republicans have just about bankrupted this country. It’s time to vote GREEN.


District 7

Howard Switzer

I am an architect specializing in historical restoration and innovative ecological building methods. I was co-chair of The Green Party of Tennessee from 2002-2003 and have been a member of the Green Party’s National Committee for 10 years. I was the Green Party candidate for governor of TN in 2006 and 2010. I run for U.S. Congress as an agent of change to redirect national priorities away from service to dominant financial interests and toward supporting networks of viable, self-reliant communities, with a focus on human well-being and happiness, by adhering to basic values. Visit to learn more about my campaign. Progressive Talk is Howard’s post-election blog.

Tennessee House of Representatives

District 3

Susan “Flower” Parker

I am a Tennessee native, born and raised in Bluff City, the mother of two teenagers attending public high school. I work as a substitute teacher for the Sullivan county public school system, and particularly enjoy teaching special education classes; my mother continues teaching high school here in Sullivan County , and will be starting her 45th year in the fall of 2012. I am an ETSU grad. I look forward to serving my community to create a better world. My wish is to increase equality for all. I support the local economy and want to find ways to strengthen it. I believe that protecting Appalachian art and culture is a key to our future.

Flower’s campaign Facebook page is here.

District 15

Calvin Cassady

I am currently an MPA (Masters of Public Administration) student at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville where I have a 4.0 GPA. I make my living as a real estate investor, fixing up properties in East Knoxville and renting them out. I also work as a part-time delivery driver for a local sandwich shop.

As a Tennessee state legislator I will work for low, fair, and equitable taxes that foster investment and economic growth but at the same time encourage income equality. I want to maintain Tennessee as a world-class location for doing business. I will work for the regeneration of our inner cities through New Urbanist principles, and focus infrastructure improvements on cities and towns rather than four-laning rural highways to nowhere and encouraging urban sprawl. I will focus state-wide efforts on energy and water use efficiency measures and tax breaks to improve our energy use per unit of GDP. Every unit of energy saved by the end-user means up to 5 units of energy saved at the power plant and a cleaner, more sustainable Tennessee. I will reform the drug laws in the state by abolishing mandatory minimum sentencing for victimless crimes and strive to end costly state incarceration for non-violent drug offenders.

District 16

Bryan Moneyhun

District 55

Susan Shann

I have occupied many roles: singer / songwriter, music teacher, spiritual seeker, political activist, environmentalist – just to name a few. I created Earth Revolution, a local-access TV program dedicated to highlighting the good work of “green” businesses and non-profits in and around Davidson County, and started Transition Nashville, a group inspired by the global Transition Movement, which is working to turn Metro Nashville into a network of localized, resilient and sustainable communities, I see this campaign as another way to speak to my great concerns in life: the protection and preservation of our planet, and thriving, sustainable, socially just communities in which everyone can enjoy access to high quality health care, healthy food, and other necessities.