With the Green Party clearing the threshold of 50,000 votes in the 2010 gubernatorial election, they secured automatic ballot access through 2014, and judging from who’s filed petitions to be on the ballot in congressional races this year in New York City and the rest of the state, it seems they’re intending to take full advantage of the situation.
And, unlike the Conservative, Independence, and Working Families parties, which almost always endorse Democratic or Republican candidates, the Green Party is running their own slate of candidates, potentially impacting close races by siphoning liberal votes away from the Democrats.
In New York City, Democrats are hoping to defeat incumbent Republican Rep. Michael Grimm while Republicans are hoping to win a rather Democratic open seat in Queens, both races featuring Green Party candidates (Henry Bardel, Evergreen Chou). Meanwhile, Upstate, Greens have filed in the swing districts belonging to Congress Members Ann Marie Buerkle and Bill Owens (Ursula Rozum, Donald Hassig).
And if Republicans can build their case against Democratic Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, having Colia Clark on the ballot under the Green Party banner, as she was in 2010 when she collected 0.9% of the vote, will only help.
It’s not clear if Green Party candidates filed in Reps. Tim Bishop, Carolyn McCarthy, and Louis Slaughter’s districts, but all of those races could be potentially competitive as well.
(h/t Daily Kos Elections for the filing ledgers).