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News :: Labor : Organizing : Politics
Working Families candidate submits signatures for place on the November ballot
31 Aug 2006
The Working Familes Party candidate for state Auditor, Rand Wilson submited 7,172 certified signatures earning a place on the November ballot. Additionally, a new Suffolk University poll shows Wilson with enough support to qualify Working Families as new political party in Massachusetts.
Rand Wilson, the first-ever candidate of the Massachusetts Working Families Party, turned in 7,172 certified signatures from registered voters to the Secretary of State's Elections Office on Tuesday, August 29, thereby securing a place on the November ballot. Only 5,000 certified signatures were required.

Flanked by members of the Working Families field operation, Wilson delivered his petitions in a huge can of "Spinach for Democracy," symbolic of his campaign's Popeye-esque goal of strengthening the vote of every citizen in Massachusetts.

Wilson, a long-time union organizer and political activist, is using his campaign to promote passage of the Ballot Freedom initiative, or Question 2 this November.

A recent poll by Suffolk University showed Wilson with about 11% support among likely voters.

"This is not your usual third-party effort, relegated to political irrelevancy by our winner-take-all electoral system," said Wilson. "I'm running to create a new Working Families Party that can make sure bread-and-butter issues -- like good jobs at good wages, retirement security, strong public education and affordable health care for all -- are front-and-center on our state's political agenda."

"And I'm doing it now because Question 2 -- backed by a strong coalition of good-government, labor and community groups -- will also be on the ballot this November," added Wilson. "The Mass Ballot Freedom Campaign ( offers Bay State voters a chance to repeal the ban against 'cross-endorsement' voting, and we're calling it Spinach for Democracy because it will make all of our votes stronger by giving us new ways to hold politicians more accountable to their campaign promises."

"When we pass Question 2 this fall, independent, issue-based parties -- like a potential Working Families Party -- will be able to support major-party candidates on a separate ballot line so that they'll know exactly what we're electing them to do," said Teamsters Union leader and Wilson for Working Families campaign Chairman John Murphy.

For a candidate bio, photos, news clips, and background information, please contact the Wilson for Working Families Campaign at (617) 623-8405 or visit
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