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Pacific Green Party

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Pacific Green Party
of Oregon
Governing BodyCoordinating Committee
7 Co-Chairs
State Senate LeaderNone
State House LeaderNone
HeadquartersPO Box 1606
Eugene, OR 97440
Membership (April 2020)7,679[1]
National affiliationGreen Party of the United States
International affiliationGlobal Greens
Colors  Green
Local Offices3 (May 2020)
Oregon State Senate
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Oregon House of Representatives
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The Pacific Green Party of Oregon (PGP) is a political party in the U.S. state of Oregon, recognized by the Oregon Secretary of State.[2] It is affiliated with the Green Party of the United States. The party has occasionally elected candidates to public office at the local level.

The party gained widespread public attention during Ralph Nader's presidential campaign in 2000, which garnered over 5% of the vote statewide.


The party was initially founded as the Pacific Party in 1992,[citation needed] largely in response of the perceived failure of the Democratic Party to provide meaningful opposition to the 1991 Gulf War.[citation needed]

Many of the party's early candidates were also highly involved in the forest protection movement. These included candidate for United States Senate Lou Gold in 1994; Joe Keating for Congress and Andy Davis for state representative in 1996; and Blair Bobier for governor and Karen Moskowitz for U.S. Senate in 1998.[citation needed] Davis and Keating were arrested for civil disobedience at the United States Forest Service office building in downtown Portland during the campaign, chaining themselves to a desk along with local activist attorney Stu Sugarman.

Ralph Nader was the party's nominee for President of the United States in 1996, and his vice-presidential candidate, Winona LaDuke, came to Portland and walked a local picket line in support of raising the minimum wage.[citation needed] In addition to running candidates for office that year, the Pacific Party helped pass initiatives to raise the state minimum wage and expand the Portland area light rail system.[citation needed]

In 2004, Teresa Keane, the Green Party's candidate for the United States Senate, won 2.4% of the vote – more than any other Green candidate for the U.S. Senate in that year. In 2006 Keane was elected Chair of the newly formed Green Senatorial Campaign Committee (GSCC),[3] a seven-member committee elected by the National Committee of the Green Party of the United States to raise funds for senate candidates.[4]


The party's platform emphasizes environmentalism, economic and social justice, peace and nonviolence, and respect for diversity. The party's platform expresses the following positions:[5]

Current elected officials

The following are currently elected Green officeholders in the state of Oregon.[6]

  • Alex Polikoff, Corvallis Rural Fire Protection District - term through May 2021
  • Cindy Johnsen, John Day Water District, Commissioner Position 5 (Clatsop County) - term through May 2021

Election results

Presidential elections

Year Nominee Votes %
1996 Ralph Nader 49,415 3.59%
2000 Ralph Nader 77,357 5.04%
2004 David Cobb 5,315 0.29%
2008 Cynthia McKinney 4,543 0.25%
2012 Jill Stein 19,427 1.09%
2016 Jill Stein 50,002 2.50%
2020 Howie Hawkins 11,831 0.50%

Senate elections

Year Nominee Votes %
1996 Gary Kutcher 14,193 1.04%
1996* Lou Gold 7,225 0.60%
1998 Karyn Moskowitz 22,024 1.97%
2004 Teresa Keane 45,053 2.41%
2014 Christina Jean Lugo 32,434 2.22%
2016 Eric Navickas 48,823 2.50%
2020 Ibrahim Taher 42,239 1.82%

Gubernatorial elections

Year Nominee Votes %
1998 Blair Bobier 15,843 1.42%
2006 Joe Keating 20,030 1.45%
2014 Jason Levin 29,561 2.01%

See also


  1. ^ "Voter Registration by County april 2020" (PDF). Retrieved May 19, 2020.
  2. ^ "Voting In Oregon". Retrieved May 19, 2020.
  3. ^ [1] Archived September 27, 2007, at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ [2] Archived September 28, 2007, at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ "The Platform of the Pacific Green Party". Pacific Green Party. Retrieved May 19, 2020.
  6. ^ "Greens in Office". Retrieved May 19, 2020.

External links

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