(Chicago, IL) – March 20, 2012. The Green Party of Chicago had its own 2012 primary fight for control of the party’s 12th ward political organization.
Like the Democrats and Republicans, the Chicago Green Party also has committeemen races in Chicago’s 50 wards. However, this year the Chicago Greens fielded candidates in only seven wards, of which only one has a contested election.
In the 12th Ward committeeman contest, Ricardo Garcia clobbered Alberto Bocanegra, Jr. Garcia won 66% of the vote to Bocanegra’s 33%. Garcia won 12 votes to Bocanegra’s six, for a Ward total of 18. You don’t often see vote totals like that in a Chicago election.
In 2008, the Green Party’s 12th Ward organization racked up 27 votes.
In the 2008 primary city-wide, 1,569 voters lined up to cast ballots in the Green Party-Non-Partisan column. The party’s power base lies in the 49th Ward where in 2008 the Green ward organization pumped out 72 votes. In 2012, that number dropped to 20.
The other 2012 Green Party Chicago ward committeemen candidates include: Daniel Estrada (10th), John Ailey (22nd), David Sacks (35th), Phil Huckelberry (38th), who is the Chairman of the Illinois Green Party, Robert Rudner (49th), and George Milkowski (50th).
After the primary, Green party committmen will likely huddle in the nearest phone booth to decide to whom to throw their support in the 2012 presidential general election contest.