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This form provides the basic information the GRP requires to make an informed decision on endorsements and nominations.  Additional questions may be posed by committee members at the meeting at which the application is considered.  This form must be submitted by email to the Candidate Development and Legal Committee ( at least two weeks before the meeting at which approval is sought.  Use an “X” for checking boxes.  Otherwise type answers into the blank spaces.  Submit as email, not as a paper copy.  For further information on the endorsement process, see Chapter 12 of the GRP bylaws. If you have any questions, contact CDLC Co-chair Maureen Doyle,, 508-764-8042.  Thank you for running!


Date this form was completed:  July 7, 2015

Name of Candidate:  Darlene Elias

Office Sought (e.g. House, Senate): _______ District (if any):  Holyoke City Council at Large_____

I am seeking:_x_Endorsement (in a nonpartisan races)  ___ Nomination ( in a partisan race where you will be the GRP nominee)

Date of StateCom meeting at which approval is requested (if known): July 19, 2015

If you are unable to attend the meeting at which your application will be considered, do you wish to designate someone else to speak officially on your behalf?  If so, provide their name here: __I will be present but I have to leave early to get to my daughter’s bridal shower, am hoping the GRP will be able to facilitate me prior to leaving ________________

My current party registration is: ___ GRP    other:__unenrolled

Have you switched voter registration during the previous two years?

­­_x_ YES _ _ NO.

If “YES”, list your former registration and the date of switching: I switched from Democrat to Green to unenrolled, I realized that there are many more unenrolled candidates in Holyoke than Greens, as a strategy I thought I could get more votes this way

Have you ever run for public office before?  If so, please list year, office sought, and party designation under which you ran:  No I have not run for office previously

Please list, in reverse chronological order, any appointed, elected, or volunteer offices in which you have served during the past ten years, if they are relevant to policies and interests of the GRP. [This is to help the endorsing body understand your background.]  I am an elected officer for the GRP, I am a Board Member of Nueva Esperanza, I am on the steering committee of Reclaim Our Schools, I am a cofounder of H.O.L.A; Holyoke Organizing Latino Action, I am on the Holyoke Housing Authority Advisory Committee for the Renovation of Lyman Terrace, I am an organizer for Viva Great Holyoke Block Party, Mentor Coach for the Girl’s Inc. Teen Leadership Academy April-June 2015, a Board Member of Nuestras Raices from 2013 to 2014, Board Member of the Friends of the Holyoke Public Library from 2012 to 2014, Organizer of Holyoke Black Lives Matter March December 2014, Hispanic Heritage Month Organizer, Holyoke Peace Activist promoting nonviolence via marches and educational forums


Are you currently an employee of municipal, state, or federal government?

_x_ YES __ NO.  I am a Probation Officer with Hampden County Juvenile Court

Have you received endorsements from any GRP locals?  If so, please list (And ask them to forward their endorsement statements to CDLC).  No

Please list any other involvement over the past ten years with the Green-Rainbow Party, Green Party, or affiliated organizations.  In 2011, I solicited the assistance of the Green Rainbow party in fighting the demolition of Lyman Terrace a low income housing project that is home to a largely Puerto Rican community of approximately 500 in Holyoke.  Since this time I have associated with the Pioneer Valley Chapter of the Green Rainbow Party including registering Green in 2013.

What specific education, practical experience, organizational affiliations, or background can you cite as enhancing your qualifications to run for this office?  I have a Masters in Social Work from Springfield College, I have a Bachelors in Political Science from Mount Holyoke College, and a Liberal Arts Degree from Holyoke Community College, I have worked in the juvenile justice system for the past 25 years, first with DCF, and now with juvenile court.  I am a community organizer and recognized leader in Holyoke, I continuously champion the cause of the Latino community, and advocate for the disenfranchised and marginalized, my particular focus is to uplift impoverished communities by ensuring equal access to resources with a goal of socially responsible economic development, also I work to mobilize the Latino community on issues of education, housing, social justice, and ending systemic racism.  A focus of mine with my campaign for Holyoke City Council at Large will be to increase voter registration and civic engagement among Latinos in Holyoke.  Please see the above mentioned for organizational affiliations.


If endorsed/nominated, which of the commitments in the following table will you make?  (Note these questions are for assessment only and a “No” answer does not preclude approval of the application.)

I want to help grow the Pioneer Valley Chapter of the Green Rainbow Party.  First by ensuring that we have regular meetings.  Second by not only working to educate the people about the ten core key values that the party stands for, but also to provide people with the opportunity to get involved and put the values into practice.  Third we have to create a party that is reflective of diverse populations.  I will work to recruit Latinos into the party and I do not mind being a face behind the GRP as a Latina and represent the party on both local and national levels. 

Candidate Commitment


Explain if not “Y”

Make good faith attempt to abide by all ethics and campaign finance laws.



Encourage people to join and support the Green-Rainbow Party.



Refrain from criticisms of other candidates of the Green-Rainbow Party.



Refuse to accept campaign donations from registered lobbyists, employees of legal firms that lobby, or officers of corporations that lobby.



Keep contact information current and promptly respond to questions asked by official GRP working committees.



State that you are endorsed by the GRP on your campaign website home page.



Share your volunteer and donor list with the GRP after the election (subject to deletion of selected individuals).








Check and answer all that apply

_x_ I have filed to create a legal political committee with OCPF.  The committee name is:  The Committee to Elect Darlene Elias

_x_ I have a campaign manager (Name:  Ali Torres, Manuel Eduardo, Angel Ayala, Eduardo Melendez)

_x_ I have a Treasurer (Name:  Maria Aguiar).

_x_ I have a campaign bank account with current deposits of approximately $1,150 .

_x_ It is public knowledge that I am running for this office.  I am already certified to run for City Council at Large in Holyoke.

(If applicable) I must collect __50__ voter signatures by _7/28/15__ (date) to get on the ballot.  At this point I estimate that I have collected _75_ signatures (count prior to verification).  I am currently certified to run with 53 signatures.

__ I have already received the following endorsements from organizations or respected individuals (identify affiliations, if any): I have not sought any other endorsements but for the Green Rainbow Party.

In looking ahead, how much money do you realistically expect you will be able to raise for your campaign by election day (most likely number)? I am hoping to raise $5,000 or so with the assistance of my team, as a state employee I am not allowed to fundraise and solicit money directly.


Mailing address:  17 Clark St., Holyoke, Ma 01040

Telephone number:  413-204-1001

Email: or

Website URL:

Facebook URL:  Darlene Elias for Holyoke City Council at Large

Name and address of your political committee:

Do you wish to identify anyone other than the candidate who should be our nominal point of contact with your campaign?  If so, provide name and contact information:


What is your basic campaign message for the electorate (boiled down to its essence, no more than 100 words):   I have the capacity to further the agenda of the Green Rainbow Party not only because of my educational background and experience but because the core values of the party is what I live and stand for.  It is my intention to increase exposure of the GRP party and work to get more people involved.  I don’t believe that the Greens are a party of rhetoric but one of action.  I want to create opportunities for the GRP to share their vision and at the same time ensure we all work together to promote a society that is fair, just, diverse, socially responsible, and sustainable for all.  

Is there anything else the GRP should know regarding this application? If so, please note here.  I would like the GRP to understand why I changed my party enrollment from Green to unenrolled.  It is not because my social, political, and economic values do not align with the Green Rainbow Party, in fact it is just the opposite.  I chose to do this is as a political strategy; in Holyoke there are not many Greens registered.  There are many more unenrolled voters that I can work to appeal to and share the vision of the GRP with. I will be a leader that votes or makes decisions based on issues and values that are reflective of the Green Rainbow party and not political alliances.   I will always be transparent and accountable to the people, and the planet.    

If there is any other information that could have a significant impact on the race that you need to convey to us confidentially rather than in this application?  If so, check here and we will arrange to speak to you privately. 

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