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Green Party LogoGreen Party of Michigan Satisfied with Showing in Special Election

Green Party of Michigan

News Release
February 29, 2012

For More Information, Contact:
John A. La Pietra, Elections Co-ordinator / GPMI (269) 781-9478

(Genesee Township, MI) - Although the Republican presidential primary was undoubtedly the most televised race from the polls Tuesday, a special election held in the 51st district of Michigan was hotly contested. After the recall of Paul Scott, a state representative seat was left vacant. Republican nominee Joseph Graves of Argentine Township, Democrat Steven Losey of Linden and Green Party candidate Cary Neuville-Justice of Linden campaigned furiously for the remainder of Paul's term. The seat would be decided upon again in November's general election.

With the final tally, Joseph Graves was declared the winner with 53% of the vote. Losey came in second with 42% of the vote and Neuville-Justice garnered 4%.

Dozens of Green Party members and friends held signs and handed out information at polling stations throughout the district. When the polls closed, Justice's team gathered at a local eatery to share stories of the brief, feverish campaign and to wait for the results. Surrounded by supporters who hailed from as far away as Marshall, there was a celebratory spirit in the room as the results began trickling in.

Despite the loss, Justice revealed in an interview with NBC affiliate channel 25 news that she remains confident about the prospect of a run in the next election.

"We're going to take a look at the momentum, we feel like the momentum is building, and people do really want the choice, so that's a very real possibility that we may just keep right on going."

For more information about the Green Party of Michigan, its candidates, its positions on issues affecting Michiganders, and upcoming party events, go to:

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GPMI was formed in 1987 to address environmental issues in Michigan politics. Greens are organized in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Each state Green Party sets its own goals and creates its own structure, but US Greens agree on Ten Key Values:

Ecological Wisdom Grassroots Democracy Social Justice Non-Violence
Community Economics Decentralization Feminism Respect for Diversity Personal/Global Responsibility Future Focus/Sustainability