Rhode Island Greens in Local Elections. When our presidential candidate Ralph Nader earned more than 25,000 votes (6.1%) in the 2000 election, the Green Party of Rhode Island qualified for official state party status, which we held from 2001-2005. Since 2005, our candidates have not matched Nader's total, and we no longer have full status. However, our local and state candidates are able to run as independents under state law, automatically qualifying for the general election as soon as nomination signatures are certified, and "Green Party" is listed as their party label on the ballot. Are you thinking of running for office as a Green? Get in touch, and we'll help you qualify! Write to: GreenCandidates(at)RIGreens(dot)org
In addition to our five presidential campaigns, our most successful state candidate was Jeff Johnson, who earned more than 25,000 votes in two campaigns for Lieutenant Governor in the 1990s.
Other prominent candidates were Greg Gerritt, who earned more than 2,000 votes when he ran for Providence mayor in 2002; Jeff Toste, who earned nearly 30% of the vote in senate campaigns against 5th district incumbent Frank Caprio, Jr.; Anna Martin, whose campaign against the 4th district Democratic political machine gave Green activists their first experience with Rhode Island's hard-hitting local politics; and Dave Fisher, whose 2013 campaign for Woonsocket mayor brought Green politics to local elections in the Blackstone Valley—the birthplace of the industrial revolution in America.
In 2002 David Segal won election to the Providence City Council, to become Rhode Island's first (and only) Green elected official, and one of very few Greens in the nation to win a partisan election.
In 2012, the Green Party endorsed two non-Green candidates: we supported progressive Democrat Libby Kimzey for state representative, and Independent congressional candidate Abel Collins.
Today our state committee chair, Tony Affigne, is a member of the Rhode Island Coastal Resources Management Council (CRMC), and is the only Green in the nation appointed to a powerful state regulatory commission.