On October 9, the city of Los Angeles named Luis J. Rodriguez poet laureate for the city. See this story.
No one is allowed to vote for Rodriguez for California Governor next month, because he did not place first or second in June. The Green Party has never polled as much as 1,000,000 votes for the offices at the top of the ballot in a mid-term year. It is likely that if Rodriguez were on the California November ballot, the Green Party would exceed 1,000,000 votes for the top offices for the first time in a mid-term year. Howie Hawkins is likely to receive 500,000 votes for Governor of New York, and Anita Rios is likely to receive 200,000 for Governor of Ohio. This year the Green Party also has candidates on the ballot for the top office in Arkansas, Colorado, Delaware, District of Columbia, Michigan, Oregon, Tennessee, Texas, and West Virginia. The total would probably reach 1,000,000 if Rodriguez were on the California ballot.
The best showing in the Green Party’s history, for the top office in mid-term years, was in 2006, when the national total was 955,866.