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Alison Duncan ran for Lieutenant Governor of New York on the Green Party line in the 2006 gubernatorial election. She was the running mate of Malachy McCourt. McCourt and Duncan received 42,166 votes for 0.95% of the total vote.[1] She is a member of Hotel Trades Council, Local 1, which is part of Hotel Employees and Restaurant Employees Union. She is a lesbian[2] and is active in promoting (LGBTIQ) rights and interests.


Duncan was born on May 4, 1975 in Long Beach, California. Her family moved to Niskayuna, a suburb of Schenectady, New York when she was four years old.[2][3] Duncan attended Rosendale Elementary School, Iroquois Middle School and Niskayuna High School. She was co-editor of opinion on the Warrior, the school newspaper and Secretary of Student Political Interest Forum (SPIF), a club for discussing political news.[2][4]

In 1999, she received a B.F.A. in Music Theater and a B.A. in Economics from the Hartt School of Music and the University of Hartford.[2][3]

In the late 1998 she moved to New York City.[2] She became a member and a board member of WOW Café[3] and has produced and directed several plays there, some of which she wrote.[5] She works at the Crowne Plaza on Broadway as an Audio-Visual Technician.[6] Within a month of being hired at the hotel she was elected the union delegate for her shop.[2]

In 2006, Duncan became the first openly gay candidate for New York Lieutenant Governor.[7][8][9] At an appearance with McCourt and Green Party candidate for Attorney General of New York Rachel Treichler in Buffalo, New York, she sang campaign songs with an Irish American band.[10]

Duncan is Co-Chair along with Charles Pillsbury of the Green Party's Dispute Resolution Committee.[11]


  1. 2006 Gubernatorial General Election Results - New York
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 Duncan, Alison. Alison Duncan > About Alison. Official site. Retrieved on 2008-07-18.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Alison Duncan Bio. Green Party. Retrieved on 2008-07-18.
  4. Moore, Kathleen (2006-10-22), “Events Sparked Duncan to Go "Green"”, Schenectady Daily Gazette: 1 
  5. Wires For Fingers. Retrieved on 2008-07-18.
  6. Voter Information for Alison Duncan. (2006). Retrieved on 2008-07-18.
  7. Interview: Alison Duncan, Green Party Candidate for Lt. Governor. (2006-10-02). Retrieved on 2008-07-18.
  8. Eleveld, Kerry (2006-10-23), “Why Green Is Good for Gays”, The New York Blade: 1, <>. Retrieved on 18 July 2008 
  9. Jordan, Susan. "The Empty Closet: Interview with Alison Duncan, Green Party Candidate for Lt. Governor", The Empty Closet, 2006-10-02, pp. 1. Template:Languageicon 
  10. Bunting, Josh (2006-11-06), “Third Party Candidates to Run for Office Nov. 7”, The Spirit: 1 
  11. Workshops - Green Party 2008 National Convention. Green Party (2008). Retrieved on 2008-07-18.

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