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Run Green for State and Federal Office in June 2022 primary election

Greens are known for thinking globally and acting locally. This is an invitation to think globally and run for public office locally. Running for public office is a great way to promote needed green issues and policies!

In Los Angeles County there are expected to be 24 district races for State Assembly, 15 for State Senate and 17 or 18 for U.S. House of Representatives, in which Green candidates can run in the June 7, 2022 California state primary election.


Qualifying for the ballot requires gaining a certain number of nomination signatures in-lieu of the filing fee from registered voters in your district, paying a filing fee, or a combination of both:

State Assembly - $1,104.59 or 1,000 nomination signatures-in-lieu (or a combination of both)

State Senate - $1,104.59 or 2,000 nomination signatures-in-lieu (or a combination of both)

U.S. House of Representatives - $1,740 or 2,000 nomination signatures-in-lieu (or a combination of both)

To obtain your official nomination petitions, you must go to the Los Angeles County Registrar of Voters office in Norwalk. If you obtain enough nomination signatures-in-lieu of the filing fee, you pay no filing fee. If you don't, you pay a pro-rated amount of the filing fee depending upon how many nomination signatures you submit.

The nomination/filing period is Thursday, December 16 through Wednesday, February 9. However, California is going through its decennial redistricting process to draw new state and federal legislative district lines. Because the US Census Bureau is late with its data, the new district lines apparently won't be ready until February 2022. That means the filing deadlines may be pushed back - and possibly even the date of the 2022 primary election; but it is not clear yet whether any of that will occur.

Even so, its not too early to plan your candidacy, because wherever you live, you will be in your district! Once the new district lines are set, you can find your legislative districts here.

After qualifying for the ballot, candidates may also pay for and submit a Candidate Statement to appear in the official Voter Information Guide. The period to submit your candidate statement is Thursday, January 27 through Wednesday, February 16, 2022. These dates may also be changed.


What should you do to prepare to run?

Step #1: Assess your skills and experience

What office best suits you, your skills, experience, interests and resources? What issues are most important to you and your community? What do the Green Party of California platform and Green Party of the United States platform have to say about the issues you would be running on?

Step #2: Talk to your friends, colleagues and local Green Party leaders

To run a successful campaign, it helps to have a record of prior involvement in your community, as well as support from friends and family, and from Greens and others active in politics. Seek advice from others in your area who have run for office.

Step #3: Review the incumbent's record and consider how would your positions be similar or different?

Here is a list of current incumbents for State AssemblyState SenateU.S. House of Representatives

Step #4: Make sure you meet the deadlines and qualifications for filing for office
https://www.sos.ca.gov/elections/upcoming-elections/statewide-direct-primary-election-june-7-2022
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Step #5: Follow the campaign finance rules from the California Fair Political Practices Commission
https://www.fppc.ca.gov/learn/campaign-rules.html

Step #6: Plan for a quality campaign website and campaign social media

Purchase a domain name for your website that helps voters identify with your campaign. Create a professional looking website. Reserve social media pages on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook with an exact or similar name as your domain. Note: it is a lengthly process to get a campaign page on Facebook -- read more here.

Step #7: Plan for a campaign treasurer and ideally a campaign manager as well

Step #8: File your Candidate Intention Statement Form 501, build your campaign team, open a campaign bank account and start raising money. Within ten days of raising $2,000, file your Statement of Organization Form 410.

If you are considering running, please contact the Green Party at gplac-info@cagreens.org and we will get you in touch with other Greens who have run for office.

Here is how to seek the Green Party endorsement. If we endorse your candidacy, we will promote your campaign to the registered Greens in your district and to the public at-large.

We hope to see you on the ballot in June 2022!


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