Green Party of Santa Clara County

2018 CA Green Candidates

California’s Green Candidates for 2018 Elections

This is a partial list of Greens running for office in 2018. Green Party of Santa Clara County has proudly endorsed three of these 2018 candidates;  Josh Jones, Erik Rydberg and Barry Hermanson.

Josh Jones for California Governor
Josh’s platform aims to maximize equality of opportunity, and minimize harm. He was in Occupy/Decolonize and joined the Green Party as a consequence of the election corruption he observed at the national, state and county level. Learn more and watch an interview with Josh. (Yolo County)







Erik Rydberg for CA Secretary of State
“My people-powered campaign is committed to defending democracy and protecting the vote.  As an indigenous person, I have a deep respect for Democracy, because among the oldest functioning democracies is the Iroquois Confederacy. As the backbone of any just and free society Democracy must be protected from those who dishonor and manipulate it. As your next Secretary of State, I will ensure that every vote cast by Californians is accounted for.” Learn more and watch an interview with Erik. (Humboldt County)

Barry Hermanson for Congress CD12
Barry Hermanson has run for Congress in CA District 12 four times because the voices of working people are rarely heard above the deafening sound of money. His campaign focuses on bringing voters the Green New Deal platform, and he has been an activist in SF since 2003 on the issues of minimum/living wage, healthcare and single payer, military spending and ending Citizens United. Learn more and watch an interview. (SF County)






Michael “Cal Songmaker” Ziesing for US Senate

Cal Songmaker is running for the US Senate in CA and describes himself as a Navy Veteran, a lifelong leftist, and a Native. He believes it is time to put an end to corporate-party politics and strive for a just and free society. Learn more and watch an interview with Cal. (Tehama County)







Angelica Duenas for Congress CD29
Angelica Duenas’ 100% people powered campaign focuses on Healthcare-for-All, Immigration Reform, Education and Housing as a Right, Criminal Justice, and Foreign Policy. Angelica is committed to growing the Green Party and is part of the Federation of Young Greens of the Americas and a Delegate to the Global Young Greens. Learn more and watch an interview with Angelica. (LA County)

Jason Kishineff for Congress CD5
“I’ve lived in California’s 5th district for over half my life, and know what it’s like to struggle through unemployment trying try to feed your family on Welfare. My platform focuses on fighting for social, racial, economic, and environmental justice I believe that we can, and must, continue the political revolution to make this one of the most progressive voting districts in the state, and do it without corporate money.” Learn more and watch an interview. (Napa County)

Kenneth Mejia for Congress CD34
Kenneth’s campaign aims to put the most vulnerable people FIRST: the working class, poor, homeless, immigrants, seniors, LGBTQ, people of color, and the disabled, because he believes, when millions of people come together, we can accomplish anything! ran for congress in his district in 2017. Learn more. (LA County)

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Lewis Elbinger for Congress D1
Lewis believes the Green Party’s platform can address the social and political challenges our country faces. He stands strong for “Government with a heart, Vote your Conscience, Keep your voice”. Lewis has 28 years of experience as a Foreign Service Officer in the U.S. Department of State, has earned an MBA and a Masters in Strategic Studies, and has lived abroad in many countries. Learn more and watch an interview with Lewis. (Siskiyou County)






Miguel Zuniga for Congress D43
“I am running for Congress to represent the people of district 43, because our politicians are not. I will put a Heart in the Machine and be the voice of the voiceless, by returning the power to the people. My morals wouldn’t let me support the two corrupt parties that only work to serve corporate donors. I am a Green, because our platform doesn’t have to be bought to do what’s right.” Learn more and watch an interview. (LA County)

Rodolfo Cortes Barragan for Congress D40
“I am a first-generation Mexican-American scientist running in the most Latino district in the country. My opponent has sold out the community, but nobody else is running to unseat her. It’s time for someone to say no to the L.A. Latino Democratic establishment. Please contribute if you can.” Rodolfo conducts interviews focused on the Green Party platform, using the community-oriented Green Revolution group that has over 10 thousand followers. Learn more and watch an interview with Rodolfo. (LA County)







Steve Correa for CA State Senate District 18
Steve’s campaign is focused on raising awareness on issues of Environment, Economy, Housing, and Tech, so that regardless of the election outcome, his community will begin to hold representatives accountable on these issues. Steve is looking for volunteers to help collect signature for other Greens in his region. Learn more and watch an interview. (LA County)

Robert Christian Richardson for Congress D7
“I am running for Congress to rebuild fairness and confidence in our government for a more stable and sane America, because I have become disenchanted with unfair election rigging that both major parties engage in.  After retiring from the Veterans Administration, as a senior computer specialist, I co-founded a non-profit to help hospitals here & overseas utilize VA’s integrated hospital system (VistA), that has run 160 VA hospitals for 40 years.” Learn more and watch an interview. (Sacramento County)







Rachel Bruhnke for CA Assembly District 70
Rachel believes it’s time to take power back from corporations and anti-democratic forces endangering our communities, our country and our planet. She is focused on: a just, sustainable and inclusive economy; land use reform and housing for all; healthcare as a human right and promoting SB-562; and building a localized, participatory Democracy. She holds degrees in Political Science and Environmental Engineering. Learn more and watch an interview. (LA County)






Carol A. Bouldin for CA Assembly D42
”Hello Californians! If you believe that it’s time that someone represents our district who supports Single Payer healthcare, clean energy, banning fracking, getting money out of politics, and doing away with Top Two primaries, please support my campaign for A. D. 42! Green Party candidates do not take any dark money, including money from corporations.” Learn more and donate. (San Bernardino County)

Saied Karamooz for Oakland Mayor
Saied Karamooz is the Green Party candidate for the mayor of Oakland.  Saied’s campaign is founded on sensible solutions from a trustworthy candidate.  His platform is squarely founded on achieving true public safety through investment in education, housing, and jobs.  Learn more and watch an interview with Saied. (Alameda County)