Posted by: vernacularsnoop | November 11, 2008

Good news for Greens: Richard Carroll elected to Arkansas state legislature

Richard Carroll, Arkansas State Representative, 39-G

Richard Carroll, Arkansas State Rep. 39-G

The election of November 4th, 2008, saw the second Green elected to an American state legislature as Richard Carroll of North Little Rock decisively won the race for state representative in Arkansas’ District 39. Carroll has been a boilermaker and union organizer in Arkansas for 30 years. His friends and colleagues know him as a dedicated organizer who cares about the men and women of Local 69 of the International Brotherhood of Boilermakers and works tirelessly for their benefit.

Carroll, who wants to repeal the grocery tax and expand educational opportunities for young people, became the only ballot-listed candidate when the incumbent was removed from the ballot by his own party for unethical conduct. He faced two Democrats running write-in campaigns, but was easily elected after earning endorsements from the United Transportation Union, AFSCME, AFL-CIO, Arkansas State Electrical Workers Association, Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen, and the Central Labor Council of Arkansas, as well as the endorsement of the heavy-hitting Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.

Richard Carroll is the second Green elected to a state legislature in the United States, after John Eder of Portland, Maine, who was elected to Maine’s State House in 2002.

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