Green Party of Santa Clara County

2018 June Elections Voting Guide

Green Party of Santa Clara County Voting Guide
June 5th Primary Election

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Endorsed Candidates:

Josh Jones (Green) for Governor

Gayle McLaughlin (NPP) for Lt. Governor

Michael Ziesing (Cal Songmaker) for US Senate (Write-in)

Erik Rydberg (Green) for Secretary of State

Barry Hermanson (Green)for Congress CD12
Statewide Propositions

SUPPORT Prop 68: ‘Authorizes Bonds Funding Parks, Natural Resources Protection, Climate Adaptation, Water Quality and Supply, and Flood Protection.’

SUPPORT Prop 69: ‘Requires That Certain New Transportation Revenues Be Used for Transportation Purposes. Legislative Constitutional Amendment.’

OPPOSE Prop 70: ‘Requires Legislative Supermajority Vote Approving Use of Cap-and-trade Reserve Fund. Legislative Constitutional Amendment.’

SUPPORT Prop 71: ‘Sets Effective Date for Ballot Measures. Legislative Constitutional Amendment.’

SUPPORT Prop 72: ‘Permits Legislature to Exclude Newly Constructed Rain-Capture Systems From Property-Tax Reassessment Requirement. Legislative Constitutional Amendment.’
Local and Regional Measures

SUPPORT Santa Clara CA, Measure A: ‘By-District Council Elections and Ranked-Choice Voting Charter Amendment.’ Learn more here.

OPPOSE San Jose, Measure B: ‘Evergreen Senior home initiative’ Learn more here.


Green Party of California Endorsed Statewide Candidates – June 2018 primary election

GPSCC has endorsed two of these candidates but we support the GPCA decision to endorse non-Green corporate-free candidates for other statewide races .

Governor – Josh Jones, Green Party of California
Lieutenant Governor – Gayle McLaughlin (no party affiliation)
U.S. Senate – John Parker, Peace & Freedom Party
Controller – Mary Lou Finley, Peace & Freedom Party
Insurance Commissioner – Nathalie Hrizi, Peace & Freedom Party
Treasurer – Kevin Akin, Peace &; Freedom Party


Other California Green Party Candidates – June 2018 primary election

The Green Party of Santa Clara County has only endorse the candidates mentioned above. This partial list is for your information and to introduce the many other CA Green candidates who are running in June 2018 elections.

Josh Jones for California Governor (Green) Endorsed by GPSCC
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 (Green) Endorsed by GPSCC
“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)






Michael “Cal Songmaker” Ziesing for US Senate (Write-in) Endorsed by GPSCC

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)

Barry Hermanson for Congress CD12 (Green) Endorsed by GPSCC
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)

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Lewis Elbinger for Congress District 1
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)

Jason Kishineff for Congress District 5
“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)

Robert Christian Richardson for Congress District 7
“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)





Laura Wells for Congress District 13 (Write-in)

“I ams running as a write-in candidate against Barbara Lee, a Democrat running unopposed in District 13. My goal is  to become the counterbalance to the huge pressure politicians get from the billionaires and their corporations. Green Party candidates never take corporate money, and that idea is catching hold across the country. Let’s shift the conversation in November by getting a Green Candidate, representing the rest of us, passed the Top Two and in a conversation with the incumbent in November.” Learn more (Alameda County)







Angelica Duenas for Congress District 29
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)

Kenneth Mejia for Congress District 34
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)

Rodolfo Cortes Barragan for Congress District 40
“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)






Miguel Zuniga for Congress District 43

“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)

“Decades of corporatist lesser of two evils have landed our government in a race to the bottom and millennials like me, now bear the brunt of the ever-expanding income and opportunity gap. I am running for Congress in District 3 because my co-workers, neighbors and community are ready for a long overdue political revolution. The Green Party is our best path to a just and democratic society and I will stand firm on Green values to bring that about.” Learn more (Yolo 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 District 42
”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)

Bridget Duffy, State Assembly, District 22 (San Mateo 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)

James “Henk” Conn, Mayor, Long Beach (Los Angeles County) – April 10 election

Pamela Elizondo, Board of Supervisors, District 3 (Mendocino County)

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