In this week's paper, SFR explores

. Once mighty, the party has shrunk—its annual convention was a modest, 20-odd-person affair in the back room of an Albuquerque pub. But even as membership declines, Green ideology has reach. Herewith, a sampling of post-Greens running in this year's state and local elections.

Name:

David Bacon

Occupation:

Activist

Current party:

Democrat

Running for:

County Commissioner, Dist 3

Green cred:

Ran as the Green Party candidate for Governor in 2002 (he lost to Bill Richardson) and for the PRC in 2006. Bacon recently told the New Mexican his main issues are “global warming, peak oil, local democratic action and building a sustainable economy.” That's about as Green as it gets.

Name:

Hank Hughes

Occupation:

Director, New Mexico Coalition to End Homelessness

Current party:

Democrat

Running for:

Public Regulation Commission, Dist 4

Green cred:

The top line of Hughes'

is dedicated to “Making New Mexico a renewable energy leader” by supporting small, clean-energy businesses and working with national labs to improve efficiency and costs. Oh, and his campaign logo has a little wind turbine, a sun and water. Nice.

Name:

Gerald Ortiz y Pino

Occupation:

Social worker; State Senator (Bernalillo)

Current party:

Democrat

Running for:

Lieutenant Governor

Green cred:

According to his campaign

, Ortiz y Pino is working to create a permanent fund for renewable energy development. In 2009, he introduced bills for biodiesel incentives and solar research projects.

Name:

Ray Powell

Occupation:

Veterinarian

Current party:

Democrat

Running for:

State Land Commissioner

Green cred:

Works with Jane Goodall; need we say more? (He's also a board member at Rivers & Birds and the New Mexico Chapter of the Audubon Society.) In his "

," Powell promises to support renewable energy.

Name:

Paul White

Occupation:

Community organizer

Current party:

Democrat

Running for:

County Commissioner, Dist 1

Green cred:

White has

to “support environmentally sustainable job development in wind, solar and geothermal energy,” favors conservation easements and local farming initiatives and has been vocal on water quality issues.

Name:

Alan Woodruff

Occupation:

Attorney

Current party:

Green

Running for:

Congressional Dist 1

Green cred:

Woodruff, a former Libertarian, is the lead plaintiff (and attorney) on the Green Party's lawsuit against the state for what the Greens allege are unfair election rules. Woodruff's

is extensive and touches on each of the Greens' “key values.” To wit: “Anything that grows naturally should be legalized—

and taxed

,” Woodruff's platform reads.