Endorsement Policies

Decisions concerning endorsements and preferences will be made by the members.

  • In partisan races, the party will not endorse candidates of another party, but may state that such a candidate is “preferred.” There is no such restriction in non-partisan races or in relation to ballot measures.
  • Candidate Races
    1. In the meeting following the end of the filing period, the members will decide which races to make endorsement and preference decisions about.
    2. In each such race,
      1. The party will invite all candidates to respond to a formal questionnaire.
      2. The party will invite all candidates to attend and speak to a members’ meeting with opportunity for questioning.
    3. Unless the members shall have decided otherwise, the decision concerning endorsement or preference will not be made until
      1. After the end of the filing period,
      2. After the candidates have returned the party’s questionnaire, and
  • After the candidates have appeared before a meeting of the members.
  1. If there is a primary in a given race, the endorsement decision may be reviewed following the primary.
  2. If there is more than one Green Party candidate in a given race, the endorsement decision in that race will not be made until after the primary.
  • Ballot Measures – Since the decision point for whether a ballot measure will be on the ballot or not is the end of June, the schedule for ballot measures will be one month later than for candidate races.
  • These rules result in the following nominal endorsement schedule. If the members wish to make endorsements or state preferences in more than a few races, there may be necessary to schedule more than one meeting in which endorsement and preference decisions are made.
Endorsement Schedule
Members Meeting Action by members Other action
June Decide which candidate races to have an endorsement or preference in Send questionnaire and invitation to speak at July meeting to all candidates in the selected races.
July Review returned candidate questionnaires.

Hear candidates in the selected races.

Decide which ballot measures to make an endorsement decision about.

Send questionnaire and invitation to speak to proponents and opponents of ballot measures.
August After the primary, revise endorsements and preferences, if necessary.