Rep. Chapman joins Maine Green Party

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Representative Ralph Chapman joins Maine Green Party

Rep. Ralph Chapman.

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by Anne Berleant


Rep. Ralph Chapman (G-Brooksville) has joined the Maine Green Party, he announced on September 20, nearly four months after unenrolling from the Democratic Party ...

“The primary reason has to do with the corporate funding,” he said. “We know the problems of corporate funding in campaigns, but what most people don’t see is that corporate funding corrupts the system inside the State House, as well…The party leadership is responding to the corporate lobbies that fund their ability to elect people of their party, and therefore purchase the loyalty of those people.”

The Green party does not accept corporate contributions, Chapman said ...



Lawmaker’s party switch gives Greens a seat in the Maine House

By Christopher Cousins, BDN Staff September 22, 2017 1:52 pm

Linda Coan O'Kresik | BDN
Rep. Ralph Chapman of Brookville



A Maine House of Representatives Democrat who quit the party earlier this year has announced that he has enrolled in the Maine Green Independent Party.


That makes Rep. Ralph Chapman of Brooksville the second Green Independent to serve in the Legislature’s history. The only other was former Rep. John Eder of Portland, who was elected in 2002 and served two terms before losing a re-election bid in 2006 ...




“The Maine Green Independent Party offers an alternative” because it doesn’t accept corporate donations, said Chapman, who is in his fourth term and will be prevented by term limits from seeking re-election. “In essence, the Maine Green Independent Party is demonstrating, by its actions, how to behave as though the Citizens’ United Supreme Court decision were overturned.” ...



Jon Olson of Jefferson, who co-chairs the Green Independent Party, welcomed Chapman in a written statement. He referred to the State House as a “toxic political environment.”


“We hope that other legislators of either major party will consider following his lead and that new aspiring candidates will do so as well,” said Olson ...





Green Party Candidate Enters Maine's Governor's Race


Oct 17, 2017


Green Party candidate Betsy Marsano today kicked off her campaign to win the party's nomination in Maine's 2018 governor's race ...



“We are a large state and a very small community," she said, "and it is that community that I will most approach and try to work with as I go forward in this campaign.” ...




October 20, 2021


AUGUSTA, MAINE -- The Maine Green Independent Party has endorsed referendum question 3, encouraging voters to cast a yes vote in the November 3rd election.

Question 3 asks, "Do you favor amending the Constitution of Maine to declare that all individuals have a natural, inherent and unalienable right to grow, raise, harvest, produce and consume the food of their own choosing for their own nourishment, sustenance, bodily health and well-being?"

If approved by voters, the Maine State Constitution will be amended by the addition of this article: 

Right to food. All individuals have a natural, inherent and unalienable right to food, including the right to save and exchange seeds, and the right to grow, raise, harvest, produce and consume the food of their own choosing for their own nourishment, sustenance, bodily health and well-being, as long as an individual does not commit trespassing, theft, poaching or other abuses of private property rights, public lands or natural resources in the harvesting, production or acquisition of food.

“Re-localizing our food system and building our communities is the greatest insurance policy we can have against disruptions of every kind," said Betsy Garrold, a former co-chair of the party. "Be they economic, political, environmental or a global pandemic. Resilience is built into the DNA of the people of Maine. This amendment allows us to manifest that resilience by taking back local control of our food system.”

The Maine Green Independent Party support the amendment because it aligns with the party's "Ten Key Values," which include grassroots democracy, decentralization, community-based economics and sustainability.   

"All of these core values of the party are enhanced and protected when the people are given more rights and control over their own life and choices," said Garrold.



May 23, 2021

Green Independent Party opens primary election to all Maine voters

MAINE--Members of the Green Independent Party decided unanimously to allow all Maine voters to participate in its 2022 primary election. The vote, taken at the party's annual convention marks the first time a qualified political party in Maine has done so.

Since 2016, the Greens have allowed unenrolled (often referred to as independent) voters to participate in its primaries. The party's bylaws require a decision in every odd-numbered year on which voters may vote in its primary the following year.

The party's electoral committee chair, Justin Beth, celebrated the unanimous decision. “Most Mainers, including many state legislators, are currently unaware that Maine’s qualified parties may decide on their own who is eligible to participate in their primaries”, he said.

“Our party's decision shows we are committed to grassroots democracy. We trust the input of all registered voters on who should be our candidates and would ask why have the Democratic and Republican parties not taken this step themselves?"

According to Maine statute, each political party may notify the secretary of state of the enrollment qualifications to vote in that party's primary. If no notification is received by February 1, then only that party's members may vote in that primary.

Ben Meiklejohn, who chaired the party's convention said a unanimous vote is a strong indication of members' support.

"This is really important to Greens. We've partially opened our primaries before, but to decide in unison that it's time to open it the whole way, that's significant," he said.

Party Co-Chair Lyn Maravell said the decision is important to Maine's voters. “It’s all about letting the people decide and giving people more choice in who they can vote for.”

Jake Kulaw, also the party's co-chair, said “It’s not rocket science, we want to give people a chance to have their say in our elections. It's not hard to have open primaries. We’re just giving Maine voters what they’ve been asking for.”