GPVA Business Meeting in Fredericksburg on March 10, 2012
Locals present at meeting: Arlington,
Blue Ridge, Fredericksburg, Hampton Roads, and NOVA.
I. Co-chairs report:
GPVA elected 3 of its members to Soil
and Water Conservation Boards in November:
Chris Simmons: Loudoun County
Giannina Ienco: Fredericksburg City
Buck Richards: Warren County
Two other candidates for Soil and Water
Conservation Board also received GPVA endorsement:
Kathy Selvage: Wise County
Juanita Sneeuwjagt: Dickenson County
Tom Yager tried to contact Greens in
Lexington and Lynchburg to run as write-ins for Soil and Water Conservation
Board. Some party members in Lexington expressed interest in rebuilding the
Balance of $2,041.81 in treasury. Recent
receipts of $486.86 from Rockbridge Greens and $665.60 from the national Green
Party for state sharing funds; another state sharing funds check may be
forthcoming. Donations also recently received. Recent expenditures of $255.72
on mailing for Presidential primary ballots.
Our domain name needs to be renewed in
Request to reinstate the political
action committee (PAC) to promote and directly fund candidates and possibly to
pay petitioners for Presidential ballot access drive.
Tom Yager agreed to file paperwork to
reinstate the PAC.
PAC could have same treasurer as
operating fund but would be seperate account.
III. GPUS representatives reports:
Litle activity other than elections and
EcoAction Committee mission statement.
Tom Yager, who is co-chair of the
Presidential Campaign Support Committee, issued a report on the PCSC's
activities. The PCSC helped Presidential candidates meet filing deadlines for
primary ballots. It also is compiling information about the dates of state
party Presidential preference processes, and trying to promote Presidential
preference processes in states without organized Green Parties. The candidates
with PCSC recognition are Jill Stein and Roseanne Barr; Kent Mesplay and Harley
Mikkelson had recognition earlier in the 2012 election cycle.
IV. Local reports
Arlington Greens: Held house party for
Jill Stein; raised money for her. Don Rouse taped party; will be on Green Hour.
Jill Stein is halfway to primary matching funds in Virginia.
Opposed to Colombia Pike trolley, which
will have huge impact on affordable housing for minority populations.
Kirit Mookerjee is chair of the County's
Running candidate for County Board for
seventh year in a row; hope to run a full slate of candidates in 2015 election.
Fredericksburg Greens: Elected Giannina
Ienco to Soil and Water Conservation Board. Chris Fink looking for someone to
serve as cooridinator for local.
Hampton Roads: Preservation of
historical Fort Monroe and promoting recycling in Portsmout. Need to get more
NOVA Greens: Focused on party building.
Updated website; need better contact information (esp. email addresses from
members). Involved in Move to Amend, Moveon, and Sustainable Reston. Very
active on Facebook and Twitter. Petitioning for Jill Stein.
Blue Ridge Greens: No report.
V. Suspension of Rockbridge Greens'
Tabled; Tom annouced plans to work on
reviving Rockbridge Greens.
VI. Presidential candidate speeches:
Kent Mesplay, Roseanne Barr, and Jill
Stein addressed GPVA via Skype about fundraising, the focus of their campaigns,
and organizing for ballot access. NOTE: Harley Mikkelson did not address state
party because he has not yet filed with the Federal Elections Commission and
cannot legally raise funds
VII. Report on Audrey Clement's
Audrey is running in the Arlington
County Board special election on March 27. She needs poll workers on Election
VIII. Building and renewing GPVA
Tom Yager will follow up with Erika
Wolfe from the Stein campaign about putting together a seminar on building and
reviving local Green parties.
IX. Presidential petition drive:
GPVA needs to collect 10,000 valid
signatures, which requires about 15,000 raw signatures, by August 24 to get
ballot access for the Green Presidential nominee. An initial turn-in of 10,000
raw signatures is planned for Memorial Day.
Jill Stein and Howie Hawkins are the
Presidential and Vice-Presidential candidates on the petition.
John Reeder agreed to be statewide
coordinator for the petition drive. So far, the District coordinators are: Jim
Hurysz (CD 8), Audrey Clement (CD 10), and Joe Galdo (CD 11).
Need list of festivals (Chris Fink will
compile), updated brochure about GPVA, and repaired membership link on website.
Erika Wolfe provided contact info for
students at George Mason who want to petition; Tom Yager will follow up.
Tom will also follow up with contacting
Don Mackler in CD 9.
X. GPVA primary results:
A total of 45 GPVA members voted in the
GPVA mail and online Presidential primary. Each voter had 100 points to
allocate to candidates on the ballot, to write-ins, or to None of the Above.
The candidates on the ballot were Jill Stein, Roseanne Barr, Kent Mesplay, and
Harley Mikkelson. Out of the total 4,500 points:
Jill Stein: 3,121.
Roseanne Barr: 553
Kent Mesplay: 234
Harley Mikkelson: 200
None of the Above: 200
Barack Obama: 140
Jello Biafra: 50
Ralph Nader: 1
GPVA has 5 delegates to the Presidential
Nominating Convention. They were allocated as follows, based proportionally
upon on the results of the primary:
Jill Stein: 3.5
Roseanne Barr: 0.5
Kent Mesplay: 0.5
Harley Mikkelson: 0.5
XI. Election of delegates to
Presidential Nominating Convention:
There was discussion over whether the
item on the agenda was to elect delegates to the Presidential Nominating
Convention or to discuss the election of delegates.
Charlie Jordan: Ambiguity about wording
of agenda; should delay election of delegates and send out invitation to voters
in Presidential primary to be delegates.
Tom Yager read from the meeting notice
sent out on February 10: "Our next state party business meeting will be on
March 10 in Fredericksburg from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM. At the meeting, we will
announce the results of our Presidential voting process that will take place
from February 20 to March 4, elect delegates to the 2012 Presidential
nominating convention, and discuss our petition drive to get our Presidential
candidate on the ballot."
Charlie Jordan decided to block holding
the election at the meeting. The vote was 7 in favor of holding the election at
the meeting, 1 against, and 2 abstentions.
An election was held by Single
Transferrable Vote for delegates and alternates to the Presidential Nominating
Convention. The election was announced to all GPVA listservs 31 days before the
state party meeting. The following candidates were elected as delegates:
The following candidates were elected as
XII. Press Secretary's report:
Discussion of need for separate meetings
for promoting GPVA media presence and to have regular press releases.
Miriam Gennari agreed to schedule a
teleconference about media on April 15.