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Howie Hawkins
Hawkins 2010.jpg
Personal details
Born (1952-12-08) December 8, 1952 (age 66)
San Francisco, California, U.S.
Political partyGreen
Other political
ResidenceSyracuse, New York, U.S.
EducationDartmouth College
Military service
Branch/serviceUnited States Marine Corps
Battles/warsVietnam War

Howie Hawkins (born December 8, 1952) is an American politician, perennial candidate and activist with the Green Party of the United States.

Hawkins was New York's Green Party candidate for the U.S. Senate in 2006. In 2010, Hawkins ran as the Green Party's candidate for Governor of New York and restored ballot status for the party by receiving more than the necessary 50,000 votes. In 2014, Hawkins ran again for campaign for Governor of New York, receiving nearly five percent of the vote and moving the Green Party to Line D on the ballot. Hawkins ran for Governor of New York in 2018 as well.

Early life and career

Born in San Francisco, California, in 1952, Hawkins was raised in a multi-racial neighborhood in nearby San Mateo. He became politically active at the age of 12, when he saw how the multiracial Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party was denied recognition at the 1964 Democratic Convention.[2]

National and congressional campaigns

2006 U.S. Senate campaign

Hawkins was the Green Party of New York's candidate for the United States Senate in the state of New York. Hawkins received 55,469 votes in the November 2006 election (during which Hillary Clinton was re-elected), for 1.2% of the total votes cast.[3]

2008 U.S. House of Representatives campaign

In 2008, Hawkins ran for the United States House of Representatives in New York's 25th congressional district on the Green Populist line. Hawkins won 9,483 votes, losing to Democrat Dan Maffei.[4]

2016 vice-presidential candidate on Minnesota ballot

Hawkins was listed on ballots in Minnesota only as the Green Party candidate for Vice President, along with Jill Stein for President in the 2016 general election. Although Ajamu Baraka was Stein's running mate on the party's national ticket, Hawkins was inadvertently placed on the Minnesota ballot due to a technicality.[5] The Green Party of Minnesota had intended to use Hawkins as a stand-in. [5]

2020 presidential exploratory committee

On April 3, 2019, Hawkins announced that he was forming an exploratory committee for the purpose of preparing for a possible candidacy for the Green Party 2020 presidential nomination.[6][7]

New York gubernatorial campaigns

2010 campaign

In May 2010, Hawkins was nominated to run for Governor of New York as the Green Party candidate. His campaign was also supported by the Socialist Party of New York.[1]

Hawkins was critical of his Democratic opponent, Andrew Cuomo, and challenged him to participate in public forums with the other gubernatorial candidates. In a New York Daily News interview, Hawkins expressed his concerns with some of Cuomo's positions:

... he [Cuomo] wants to solve the state budget crisis by cutting spending such as for state workers and schools. He ignores that the root cause of the problem is not spending but the huge tax cuts for the wealthy that began when he was helping his father as Governor. Instead of spending caps, we need the wealthy and Wall Street to pay their fair share.[8]

On November 2, 2010, Hawkins received nearly 60,000 votes (1.3%), allowing the Green Party of New York to be listed on the ballot for the next four years.[9][10]

In December 2010, Hawkins was named co-chair of the newly recognized Green Party of New York.[11]

2014 campaign

On April 9, 2014, Hawkins announced his second candidacy for Governor of New York at the LCA Pressroom in Albany, New York. His campaign positions included a "Green New Deal" platform, a "Clean Money" system for public financing of elections, ending New York's role in the national Common Core standards, and a minimum wage increase to $15 an hour from the then-current $8 an hour in New York.[12]

Diane Ravitch, who worked in the administrations of presidents Bush and Clinton, stated:

I am casting a protest vote for the first time in my life. I am voting for the candidates of the Green Party, Howie Hawkins and Brian Jones. I voted for Zephyr Teachout in the Democratic primary for three reasons: her position on education, on public integrity, and on the environment. And these are the reasons I will cast my ballot in November for the Green Party.[13]

Hawkins' running mate for Lt. Governor was New York City educator and union activist Brian Jones.[14]

Hawkins and the Green Party received 184,419 votes (4.8% of the vote), which moved the Green Party up to the fourth line on state ballots for the next four years (surpassing the Working Families and Independence parties).[15]

2018 campaign

On April 12, 2018, Hawkins announced his third run for Governor of New York on the Green Party line. Hawkins and running mate Jia Lee received 95,716 votes (1.7%).[16]

City of Syracuse campaigns

2011 campaign for Common Councilor

Hawkins announced his candidacy for 4th District Common Councilor in Syracuse in September 2011, running as a Green Party candidate.[17][18] His opponent was a Democrat, Khalid Bey. Hawkins received endorsements from the Syracuse Post Standard, the Green Party of Onondaga County, UNITE HERE Local 150, and the Greater Syracuse Labor Council.[19][20]

Hawkins planned to sponsor resolutions for state tax code reforms to require more from the state's wealthiest, and to share more revenues with cities. He also supported the establishment of a municipal development bank to provide financing for local cooperative businesses and a 0.4% "commuter tax" on the incomes of suburbanites working in the city.[21]

Hawkins lost the election to Bey.[22]

2013 campaign for Common Councilor

On May 20, 2013, Hawkins announced that he would again run for 4th District Common Councilor in Syracuse. His opponent was incumbent Democrat Khalid Bey.[23] On October 16, 2013, Hawkins published a fiscal position paper with mayoral candidate Kevin Bott focused on a new scaled local income tax, and the role of the state in the fiscal crisis in Syracuse. Bott and Hawkins point out that New York revenue sharing with its biggest cities has decreased from the teens to just about one percent since the 1970s.[24][25]

Hawkins lost the election to Democrat Bey by a vote of 1,471 to 995.[26]

2015 campaign for Auditor

In 2015, Hawkins ran for Syracuse City Auditor against incumbent Marty Masterpole. Hawkins noted that Masterpole had filed only two financial audits, and criticized him for auditing city skating rinks and golf courses while the city suffered from high poverty, failing infrastructure and struggling schools.[27]

Former District 2 city councilor Pat Hogan suggested to Hawkins that he should run for auditor, stating, "I'm not turning Green ... I am more concerned about the city than the party. The auditor is supposed to be a watchdog on the city budgets and Marty isn't doing any watching. There's a dearth of independence in city government."[28]

Hawkins lost the election, winning 35 percent of the vote.[29]


  1. ^ a b Mariani, John. "Socialists back Howie Hawkins' Green bid for governor". Retrieved June 15, 2010. The Syracuse Post Standard, Monday June 14, 2010
  2. ^ Tarleton, John (October 28, 2014). "Meet Howie Hawkins, the Anti-Cuomo". The Indypendent. Retrieved October 30, 2014.
  3. ^ "C:\Documents and Settings\hhardwick\Desktop\WEBSITE\EOU\2006 STATEWIDE JD GOV BY AD.qpw" (PDF). Retrieved April 5, 2019.
  4. ^ "Results" (PDF). 2008.
  5. ^ a b Pugmire, Tim (August 22, 2016). "MN ballot will show wrong Green Party veep candidate". Minnesota Public Radio. Retrieved August 22, 2016.
  6. ^, Robert Harding. "Howie Hawkins, Syracuse resident, exploring run for Green Party presidential nod". Auburn Citizen. Retrieved April 3, 2019.
  7. ^ "Howie Hawkins for President Exploratory Committee - A Green Ecosocialist for President". Retrieved April 3, 2019.
  8. ^ Katz, Celeste Katz, Celeste (May 22, 2010). "Green Party's Howie Hawkins Weighs In On Cuomo". Daily News. New York. Archived from the original on May 24, 2010. Retrieved July 4, 2010. The New York Daily News, May 22, 2010
  9. ^ "Election 2010: Election Results". The New York Times. Retrieved November 3, 2010. The New York Times
  10. ^ Mariani, John "Howie Hawkins' votes for governor boost Green Party's ballot status". Retrieved November 3, 2010. The Post Standard, November 3, 2010
  11. ^ Green Party certified as ballot qualified Party in NY; elects statewide officers Archived December 18, 2010, at the Wayback Machine
  12. ^ Gormley, Michael (April 9, 2014). "Green Party candidate for NY governor calls for $15-an-hour minimum wage". Retrieved May 2, 2014.
  13. ^ Gormley, Michael "Education advocate Diane Ravitch endorses Hawkins for governor'". Newsday, September 26, 2014
  14. ^ Moody, Richard "Green party solidifies ticket".| accessdate=May 27, 2014
  15. ^ "Results" (PDF). 2014.
  16. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on November 20, 2018. Retrieved November 25, 2018.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  17. ^ "Howie Hawkins to run for Syracuse Common Council". Retrieved February 28, 2018.
  18. ^ "Howie Hawkins: Perennial power to the people". October 7, 2011. Retrieved February 28, 2018.
  19. ^ admin. "Endorsements". Retrieved February 28, 2018.
  20. ^ "Our Endorsements: Syracuse Common Council". Retrieved February 28, 2018.
  21. ^ "Syracuse city council race pits familiar face against party favorite". Retrieved February 28, 2018.
  22. ^
  23. ^ "Green Party's Howie Hawkins announces race for 4th District Syracuse city council in live chat". Retrieved February 28, 2018.
  24. ^ Delaney, Ryan (October 17, 2013). "Greens call for more state aid and local income tax". Retrieved October 17, 2013.
  25. ^ Knauss, Tim (October 16, 2013). "Syracuse Green Party candidates tout higher state aid, city income tax". Retrieved October 17, 2013.
  26. ^ Knaus, Tim (November 5, 2013) "Two new faces to join Syracuse Common Council, if results hold." Syracuse Post-Standard. (Retrieved Mar 24, 2013.)
  27. ^ Knauss, Tim "Race for Syracuse city auditor heats up: Are 4 audits a year enough?". , October 9, 2015
  28. ^ Shepperd, Walt "Green Wants to Watch City's Greenbacks". Syracuse New Times , October 14, 2015
  29. ^ O'Brien, John (November 3, 2015) "Syracuse auditor: Marty Masterpole beats Howie Hawkins." (Retrieved 11-15-2015).

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