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|Chairperson||Angel Torres, Sara Mae Williams|
|Headquarters||P.O. Box 60173, Phoenix, AZ 85082|
|National affiliation||Green Party|
|Seats in the Upper House|
|Seats in the Lower House|
The Green Party of Arizona (AZGP) is the affiliate of the Green Party in the state of Arizona. It was founded by Carolyn Campbell alongside others in the 1990s. The two current co-chairs of the Arizona Green Party are Angel Torres and Sara Mae Williams.
The Arizona Green Party is best known for its strong stances on environmental protection, which the party was founded upon. The Arizona Green Party promotes Ten Key Values: grassroots democracy, social justice, ecological wisdom, non-violence, decentralization, feminism and gender equality, community-based economics, respect for diversity, personal and global responsibility, and future focus and sustainability. Additionally, The Green Party committee openly opposes the militarization of our borders and protests the idea of building a wall between U.S and Mexico, according to the party's official platform committee website. Arizona Green Party stand against free-trade and in support of repealing the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), Fast Track, and other globalizing trade policies.
In 2016, the Arizona Green Party successfully sued the state of Arizona to ensure their presidential nominee, Jill Stein, was placed on the ballot after the party failed to submit a slate of Presidential electors on time. Jill Stein received a total of 34,345 votes in Arizona, leaving her with 1.3% of the total vote.
In 2008, the Arizona Green Party gathered enough signatures to gain ballot access. The party had worked with Arizona's ballot access laws, achieving ballot access for the 2000 election cycle, then losing it again in 2004. On March 6, 2008 the Arizona deadline for ballot access, the Arizona Green Party submitted 29,300 signatures on its petition for party recognition. The legal requirement is 20,449. On April 9, 2008 the Arizona Secretary of State, Jan Brewer, announced that the Arizona Green Party had enough valid signatures to be recognized as an official political party. On February 10, The national Green Party's ballot access committee had appropriated $4,000 to assist the Arizona Green Party's petition effort.
The Arizona Green Party again qualified for the ballot in 2010 on April 15. It needed 20,449 signatures by March 11, 2010, and they tuned in 29,015 signatures to Michele Reagan, the Arizona Secretary of State.
On April 28, 2011, Governor Jan Brewer signed HB 2304, which says that when a new party qualifies, it is entitled to be on the ballot in the next two elections, not just the next election. As a result, the Green Party is now automatically on the ballot for 2012, because it had successfully petitioned in 2010.
The green party lost its ballot access after the 2012 election and did not field candidates in 2014. It successfully regained access for 2016 and 2018 as a new political party.
Prominent Green candidates in Arizona have included Vance Hansen, who ran for the US Senate in 2000 and received 108,926 votes. Claudia Ellquist ran for Pima County Attorney in 2004 on a platform largely focused on declaring a moratorium on the death penalty. Dave Croteau ran for mayor of Tucson in 2007 on a platform of relocalization and received over 28% of the vote. The party is also home to noted Tucson area water-access activist John Kromko.
The AZGP also paid to put two statements in an Arizona voter's guide on ballot initiatives and referendums in 2006. One statement opposed Arizona Proposition 107, which bans civil unions, and the second favored Arizona Proposition 202, which proposed to raise the Arizona statewide minimum wage to $6.75/hr.
The Arizona Green Party held its primary on March 22, 2016. Jill Stein won with 79.6% of the vote, and the overall number of voters that took place in the primary saw an increase from 561 in 2012 to 817 in 2016. Only two candidates qualified for the primary:
|Arizona Green Party presidential primary, March 22, 2016|
|Year||Nominee||Votes (Percentage of total state vote)|
|1996||Ralph Nader||2,062 (0.15%)|
|2000||Ralph Nader||45,645 (3.00%)|
|2004||David Cobb (write-in)||138|
|2008||Cynthia McKinney||3,406 (0.15%)|
|2012||Jill Stein||7,816 (0.34%)|
|2016||Jill Stein||34,345 (1.34%)|