"We are getting larger, stronger and better organized with every election cycle. Our success reflects the reality that citizens are getting fed up with the corporate takeover of our country and our government."
- David Cobb, former Harris County and Texas Green Party co-chair
History of the Harris County Green Party
In 1999, a handful of Houston progressives founded the Harris County Green Party to provide a grassroots electoral alternative to a corrupt, corporatized two-party system. Led by its tireless first chair, David Cobb, the group was instrumental in establishing the Green Party of Texas (GPTX) and earning a ballot line for candidates in the November 2000 election.
GPTX succeeded in preserving the Green Party's statewide ballot line for 2002 by earning more than 5 percent for a candidate in a statewide race. (Three of four statewide Green Party candidates handily beat the 5 percent mark.)
The following year, 2001, in local elections, quite few volunteers from HCGP were instrumental in helping to elect Ada Edwards to Houston City Council by connecting with her organizers to block-walk, work on phone banks, and help with coordinating those activities.
By 2002, HCGP's membership nearly quadrupled. However, the state party lost ballot access that year, with Democratic candidates nominated for all statewide offices, and only regained it in 2010. GPTX retained ballot access in the 2010, 2012, and 2014 general elections. By 2016, some Green candidates for statewide offices steadily increased their share of the vote to 3%, even in races with both establishment parties and Libertarians competing.
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