Run For Office

The Green Party of Allegheny County is seeking candidates for office to represent Pittsburgh and Allegheny County at all levels of government!

Ready to get started? Fill out our Candidate Questionaire to begin the process! Otherwise, keep reading to learn more about the Green Party, our principles, and how to run.

Some offices have modest time and financial requirements and are an easy way to get involved in government and bring public attention toward important local issues. If you have any questions, please Contact Us, we're happy to discuss your potential run!

2018 - State/Federal Elections

The following offices will be up for election in 2018:

  • United States Representative - US Representatives serve 2 year terms, and all representatives are up for re-election in 2018. Allegheny County is split among the PA 12th, 14th, and 18th Congressional districts, which are currently held by Keith Rothfus (R), Mike Doyle (D), and Tim Murphy (R), respectively.
  • United States Senator - US Senators serve 6 year terms and run statewide. Bob Casey (D) is up for re-election in 2018.
  • State Governor and Lieutenant Governor -  The PA governor and lieutenant governor serve 4 year terms. Governor Tom Wolf (D) and Lt Gov Mike Stack (D) are up for re-election in 2018.
  • State Representative - PA state representatives serve for 2 years and all are up for re-election in 2018. For the full list of state representatives in Allegheny County sorted by municipality name, see the state website.
    • Robert Matzie (D), District 16
    • Jake Wheatley Jr (D), District 19
    • Adam Ravenstahl (D), District 20
    • Dom Costa (D), District 21
    • Dan Frankel (D), District 23
    • Ed Gainey (D), District 24
    • Joseph Markosek (D), District 25
    • Dan Deasy (D), District 27
    • Mike Turzai (R), District 28
    • Harold English (R), District 30
    • Anthony DeLuca (D), District 32
    • Frank Dermody (D), District 33
    • Paul Costa (D), District 34
    • Marc Gergely (D), District 35
    • Harry Readshaw (D), District 36
    • William Kortz II (D), District 38
    • Rick Saccone (R), District 39
    • John Maher (R), District 40
    • Dan Miller (D), District 42
    • Mark Mustio (R), District 44
    • Anita Kulik (D), District 45
    • Jason Ortitay (R), District 46
    • Eli Evankovich (R), District 54
  • State Senator - PA state senators serve 4 year terms, with only some Senators up for re-election every two years. In Allegheny County, Wayne Fontana (D) and Randy Vulakovich (R) are up for re-election in 2018. To see which municipalities are in their districts, see the state website.

If you are considering a run for office in 2018, please Contact Us or drop by our next General Assembly meeting to discuss your run.

Why run as a Green?

Running as a Green candidate can provide a number of benefits.

Perhaps the most helpful reason is that Greens do not run primaries. This means you can focus your campaign on the general election in November, rather than worrying about meeting deadlines in February for a May primary -- in other words, you get an extra six months of campaigning to get your name out there!

Pennsylvania also uses closed primaries, which means you must win the vote of people in that particular party -- which may be difficult in a crowded primary field of well-known names, especially when the party establishment is backing a different candidate than you and primary voter turnout tends to be lower -- whereas in the general election as a Green you can win independent and cross-party voters that couldn't vote in the primary.

The Green Party is recognized by Pennsylvania as a "minor party" which provides certain ballot access benefits that you cannot get as an independent or smaller party candidate. We hope you will help us continue to grow into a major party!

The Green Party is also an established party with a consistent set of principles based around the Green New Deal platform, including running completely people-powered campaigns by not accepting ANY corporate donations. When you run as a Green, you make it clear to voters what your values are, while helping build a progressive political influence in the region. The two major parties have little incentive to change without outside competitors.

How do I run?

First, check out our GPOAC platform and the Green Party of Pennsylvania platform, as well as the national Green New Deal, to determine if you share similar values and would like to run as a Green. The Green Party is guided by the 10 Key Values: grassroots democracy, social justice and equal opportunity, ecological wisdom, non-violence, decentralization, community-based economics, feminism and gender equity, respect for diversity, personal and global responsibility, and a focus on a sustainable future. We require that you register as a Green before receiving our nomination, but it is OK if you are not currently a Green.

Next, decide what office is best for you. Different offices come up every year, and different offices have different requirements and responsibilities. We're happy to discuss the different options with you, please reach out to us with any questions using the email on the Contact Us page.

Generally, the sequence of events is as follows:

  • By November-December, determine what office fits you and your goals best. Do some research, talk to friends and family about it, etc. Local offices are easier to win, but higher offices get more media and publicity on important topics even if you don't win.
  • Around January-February, once you have decided what office to run for, get authorization from the Green Party of Allegheny County and/or Pennsylvania to run as a Green nominee (to get authorization, attend an assembly meeting to introduce yourself and request nomination, or send us a letter about your campaign goals and why you want to run as a Green)
  • Around February at the same time you are seeking Green Party authorization, form a campaign committee if necessary. The committee allows you to raise money and spend on elections. There is some simple paperwork to file with county and state to do so. Some local offices may not require a committee, but do require a simple financial disclosure statement.
  • April is the primary election, but Greens generally do not run primaries. Spend this time planning how to get ballot access and campaign! You may want to design and purchase stickers, flyers, lawn signs, etc., and decide on what events to make appearances.
  • From May to late July, you must collecting signatures from registered voters for ballot access (even though you are a candidate, you will not appear on the ballot unless you do this!). The exact number depends on what office you are running for, could be as low as only 10 signatures. These signatures must be collected by end of July and submitted to the municipality, county and/or state. There may be a filing fee depending on the office, but local offices are typically free to file.
  • From August until the general election in early November, campaign! Be on the lookout for campaign opportunities, and keep good records of donations and expenses so that you can file your campaign finance paperwork.

Most local offices have low ballot access and time requirements and do not require much, if any, money to run and campaign. We encourage everyone to consider at least running for local office, especially those with no prior experience. Local office is a great way to give back to your community and advance the Green Party platform. However, a state or federal campaign can bring a public spotlight to important issues.

Some offices may have additional requirements. Candidates can check Allegheny County's website for full details of laws and procedures, but please feel free to reach out to us for help and assistance! More information about running as a Green can be found on the Green Wave of PA website.

If you have any questions, or are ready to get your campaign started, please Contact Us!