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Pacific Green Party of Oregon
Chairperson(s) 7 Co-Chairs
Senate Leader None
House Leader None
State Oregon
Founded 1997
Headquarters PO Box 1606
Eugene, OR 97440
National Green Party (United States)
International Global Greens
Color(s) Green
Emblem Sunflower
Ideology Green Politics, Progressivism, Social democracy, Participatory democracy

The Pacific Green Party of Oregon (PGP) is a political party in the U.S. state of Oregon. It is a member of the US federation of state green parties, the Green Party of the United States.

The party first gained widespread public attention during Ralph Nader's presidential run in 2000.

Pacific Green Party candidates have won elected office mostly at the local level; most winners of public office in Oregon who are considered Greens have won nonpartisan-ballot elections (that is, elected to positions for which no candidate is listed with any party on the ballot.

Pacific Greens emphasize grassroots democracy, social justice, nonviolence, environmentalism, decentralization and local autonomy, in keeping with the Green parties' endorsement of the Ten Key Values (10KV).


Current Number of Members

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The party was founded as the Pacific Party in 1992, largely in response of the failure of the Democratic Party to provide meaningful opposition to the 1991 Gulf War. The name "Pacific" was chosen to reflect both the party's belief in regional decision-making and its commitment to peace. Although the state party always aligned with the international Green movement, including hosting the founding convention of the Association of State Green Parties in Portland in 1998, the word "Green" was not added to the party's name until 1999.

Many of the party's early electoral 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. 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. This action was followed by activist Tre Arrow's ledge-sit at the same building several years later. Moskowitz has been visible at various Earth First! gatherings and is a well-known economist who proved that the Forest Service sells public timber at less than the public expense of administering timber sales.

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. 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.

In 2000, in addition to nominating Ralph Nader for the Presidency, the Green Party nominated environmental activist Tre Arrow to run for Oregon's 3rd congressional district against incumbent Earl Blumenauer. Arrow had gained prominence in July 2000 by staging a high-profile protest in downtown Portland, Oregon, when he scaled a United States Forest Service building and lived on a ledge for 11 days to protest the plan to log Eagle Creek.[2] His protest played an important role in reversing the Forest Service's plans to log the area.[3] Arrow received 15,000 votes in his run for Congress.[4] In 2001 Arrow appeared on the FBI's "most wanted" list in connection with arson, and other activities of the Earth Liberation Front. Arrow, who was apprehended in Canada, was sentenced in August 2008 in a Portland, Oregon federal court to 78 months in federal prison for his part in two arson attacks in 2001.[5]

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),[6] a seven-member committee elected by the National Committee of the Green Party of the United States to raise funds for senate candidates.[7]

Elected Officials

As of June 2007 there were 13 elected Green officeholders in Oregon.[8]

  • Michael Beilstein, City Council, Ward 5, Corvallis (Benton County)
  • Neil Friedman, City Council, Westfir (Lane County)
  • George Grosch, Ward 3, City Council, Corvallis (Benton)
  • Emily Hagen, Ward 7, City Council, Corvallis (Benton)
  • Alice Hardesty, City Council, Ashland (Jackson County)
  • Eric Navickas, City Council, Ashland Position 2 (Jackson)
  • Wendy Siporen, City Council, Talent (Jackson)
  • Ruth Alexander, School Board, Ashland District 5 (Jackson)
  • Matthew Donahue, School Board, Position 4, Corvallis (Jackson)
  • Matt Marr, School Board, Position 3, Ashland (Jackson)
  • Tim Dehne, Director, Soil and Water Conservation District (Benton)
  • Lisa Melyan, Boardmember, Tualatin Valley Water District (Washington County)
  • John Jones, Board Member, Myrtle Point Health District (Coos County)

Structure and composition

The Pacific Green Party has one central 'Coordinating Committee' composed of seven members elected to one and two year terms.

The PGP is recognized as a statewide political party by the Oregon Secretary of State[9].

See also



External links


Explanations of the 'Ten Key Values'


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