|French name||Parti Vert de la Louisiane|
|Chairperson||William Boartfield &|
|National affiliation||Green Party U.S.|
The Green Party of Louisiana is a state-level political party affiliated with the Green Party of the United States (GPUS). The nominee of the GPUS has been on every presidential ballot in the state since 1996.
The Green Party of Louisiana was founded during a two-day convention which took place on August 31 and September 1, 2002, in New Orleans. The party was recommended for accreditation with the GPUS in 2003 and was officially qualified by the State of Louisiana on August 8, 2005.
In 2001, former Black Panther Party member and community organizer Malik Rahim ran for New Orleans City Council (at-large). Although the Green Party had not achieved ballot status in Louisiana, his candidacy was supported and endorsed by the nascent party, and the press recognized Rahim as a Green. His platform centered on criminal justice reform, workers rights (including a living wage referendum), and housing issues.
In 2003, the party fielded three candidates. Jason Neville ran for Louisiana State Senate in District 3, the first Green to qualify for state office. He finished in third place with 1,528 votes. Dan Thompson ran for Louisiana House of Representatives in District 105 and garnered 1,152 votes, finishing fourth (8%). Les Evenchick also ran for a House seat in District 93 and garnered 754 votes.
In 2008, Rahim was the Green Party's nominee for Louisiana's 2nd congressional district. His campaign included promises to enforce the Davis-Bacon Act, to push for reopening Charity Hospital, and to protect wetlands. The post-Katrina "right of return" for displaced residents was also a major theme. He finished third in a four-way race with 1,883 votes (2.82%).
A special election was held for Louisiana's 5th congressional district in 2013, and Eliot Barron ran for the office on the Green ticket, finishing 12th (out of 14) with 492 votes (0.5%). Barron ran again for the same office in 2014, finishing in 9th and last place with 1,655 votes (0.69%).
In 2015, Adrian "Ace" Juttner ran for Louisiana Commissioner of Agriculture and Forestry, the first Green to seek statewide office in Louisiana. He ran a low-budget campaign, on a platform which emphasized the benefits of legalizing marijuana and protecting honeybees. Although he finished in fourth place, with 36,180 votes (3.5%), this marked the Green Party's strongest showing in Louisiana to date, in terms of total votes or percentage, surpassing even Nader's 2000 presidential run (see below).
|1996||Ralph Nader||4,719 (0.26%)|
|2000||Ralph Nader||20,473 (1.16%)|
|2004||David Cobb||1,276 (0.10%)|
|2008||Cynthia McKinney||9,187 (0.47%)|
|2012||Jill Stein||6,978 (0.35%)|
|2016||Jill Stein||14,018 (0.7%)|
RECOMMENDATION: The Accreditation Committee has reviewed the Green Party of Louisiana application and supporting materials, and finds that the Party satisfies GPUS's accreditation criteria.
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