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In Better News - The Life and Thoughts of Zach

Nov. 3rd, 2004

12:50 pm - In Better News

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All three Green Party candidates in Champaign County established the Green Party in their districts yesterday.

I (Zach Miller District 9) received 1177 votes out of 8529, 14% of the vote. This is far better than I had hoped for given that I spent the first couple months of the campaign fighting my ballot access in court and the next few months with mono.

Ken Urban received 1426 votes out of 13050, 11% of the vote. But everyone in that race got 2 votes so there were only 6525 voters so he received votes from 22% of the voters.

Susan Rodgers got 1378 votes out of 7315, 19% of the vote!

I thought I'd be lucky to eek out the 5% by getting a strong showing in my home precinct, but I consistently got between 7% and 31% in EVERY precinct, proving that there are Green voters everywhere in this town. With the tremendous effort of a lot of dedicated volunteers (lit droppers John-Paul, Al, Jen, Mark, Eva, Nick, Amy, Arun, Jane, Andrew, Dawn, Robert, Nancy, Dale, Rory, Chris, benefit organizer Susan, and musicians Joni, Kate, Rory, and Darrin, webmasters Matt and Arun, lawyer Scott, ) we really got the word out. We dropped literature off at nearly every house in District 9. That alone is what got us the bulk of the vote that we got. Simply telling people with a third of a sheet of paper that a principled alternative candidate exists won us 14% of the vote, and in one precinct 31% of the vote. I got at least 7% of the vote in every precinct, including the rural one that we never did a lit drop in. And we couldn't have done all that without the very generous contributions that so many folks gave. I'll give a separate financial wrap-up and thanks after I finish crunching the numbers.

In 2 years, when a Green runs for this position again we will win. We will win because of this campaign. We will have guaranteed ballot access so we won't have to fight in the courts for our right to run. We will be prepared with the database tools and campaign strategies and data that we built for this campaign. In 2 years there will be Greens on the Champaign County Board!

In the meantime we'll be running for city council races, we'll be establishing the Party in as many levels of government as we can. And we'll be fighting hard for electoral reform, for instant run-off voting and proportional representation. This is the tip of the iceberg for Green Party momentum locally and nationally.

In 2000, I told everyone that we were just starting out the next phase of a movement that in 10-15 years would be a major political force, the force that would save this country from the two-party system that we've seen falling apart all around us. At every level the Greens are growing. Every year we run in twice as many races and races get more and more support. More support means more ballot lines, more matching funds, more establish party status. The Nader campaign launched a quiet revolution in hundreds of cities around the country and now the revolutionaries are organizing their neighbors for the day when we all get together and elect a Green President and a Green Congress. That day may be a decade away but we're getting closer to it with every Green election that meets its goals. Our campaigns met their goals: establish the Green Party in Districts 7,8,9 in Champaign County.

Woo!

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From:culfinglin
Date:November 3rd, 2004 06:56 pm (UTC)

yay!

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i'm so proud of you and all your hard work. :)
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From:simplepleasure
Date:November 3rd, 2004 06:56 pm (UTC)
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Congrats on your 14%! I was really impressed when I saw that on the news this morning!
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From:conejita_diabla
Date:November 3rd, 2004 07:09 pm (UTC)
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Congrats! I'm so desparately hunting for good news from yesterday...it's nice to see this. :-)
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From:desert_fox
Date:November 3rd, 2004 07:20 pm (UTC)
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Island Lake represent! :)
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From:eee1313
Date:November 3rd, 2004 07:51 pm (UTC)
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I love that you're working for a change. And I love hearing that 3rd party candidates are being seen and heard. LOVE IT. Keep up the hard work, because it's inspiring. And it makes me hopeful in a time when I can't find too much hope around.
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From:queerfrosty
Date:November 3rd, 2004 07:53 pm (UTC)
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thats so awesome. atleast there was some good news today. way to go.
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From:spygrl1
Date:November 3rd, 2004 07:53 pm (UTC)
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Congrats on the strong showing. I was disappointed (although not surprised) that Ken Urban wasn't elected in my district. I think you're right about the literature drop -- it took all of a minute to read the Urban brochure stuffed in my door, and that was all it took for me to make up my mind that he was clearly the most sane candidate in the race.
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From:dygel
Date:November 3rd, 2004 07:59 pm (UTC)
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A well fought campaign, Zach. Congrats on the strong showing.

Maybe now you can look at that DNS email of mine? ;D
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From:zarfmouse
Date:November 3rd, 2004 08:27 pm (UTC)
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Yes. And I still plan on writing about unions for you. :)
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From:benchilada
Date:November 3rd, 2004 08:13 pm (UTC)
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14% kicks ass, Zach.
Lift a glass, then, to four years from now.
As in, I hope we're all still alive to vote for you again.

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From:juniperesque
Date:November 3rd, 2004 08:19 pm (UTC)
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... and now that the election is over, as promised, welcome to my friends page!

I still don't like Nader, but I think you're keen.
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From:zarfmouse
Date:November 3rd, 2004 08:24 pm (UTC)
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Heck, who likes Nader anymore? :)

Nader no longer has anything to do with the Green Party.
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From:benchilada
Date:November 3rd, 2004 09:35 pm (UTC)
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Gizzus a new icon, then, Zach. ;D
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From:zarfmouse
Date:November 3rd, 2004 10:17 pm (UTC)
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Ehn. No matter my feelings about present day Ralph Nader, I am still very proud of the moment in time that that icon represents. I was on top of my game that morning. It was a highlight of the Nader campaign. I have no bad feelings at all (and quite a few good ones) about the Nader 2000 campaign.

Until I get a picture that is more representative of how I see myself, that'll remain my usericon. I have no interest in erasing a joyous past.
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From:benchilada
Date:November 3rd, 2004 10:20 pm (UTC)
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See, I'd love a version of your "glamour shots" for the race. Or maybe if somebody has a shot of you canvassing, or better yet, stealthily slipping campaign materials through doors...
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From:zarfmouse
Date:November 3rd, 2004 08:25 pm (UTC)
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Anyway, welcome! :)
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From:tugena13
Date:November 3rd, 2004 10:45 pm (UTC)
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congrats! that's truly awesome.
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From:gabbogabbogabbo
Date:November 3rd, 2004 10:59 pm (UTC)
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glad i could be part of the 14% zach!
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From:ecotopian
Date:November 3rd, 2004 11:13 pm (UTC)
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Good job! Congratulations.
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From:sueg
Date:November 4th, 2004 12:16 am (UTC)
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Congratulations on your accomplishment! It was a pleasure voting for you.
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From:herbivorous
Date:November 4th, 2004 06:14 am (UTC)
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Yay!

I was just having this conversation with my roommate last night: How, at this point, real (i.e. third-party) change in this country is going to have to start at the ground level with a strong Green party.

Go you! I really hope that I will be able to have more time next election cycle, so that I can volunteer for the Greens.
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From:erikforperson
Date:November 4th, 2004 06:45 am (UTC)
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Congrats, Zach!
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From:boannan
Date:November 6th, 2004 05:55 pm (UTC)

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coming in very, very late, but man, this was honestly one of the pieces of news that kept me going right after the Bush win. this is _awesome_. congrats to your whole campaign team. I'm starting to think third parties may be one of our absolute best choices for getting out of this bloody mess. thanks for running!
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