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News :: Labor : Politics
Surprising 19 percent vote for Rand Wilson earns ballot status for Massachusetts Working Families Party
08 Nov 2006
The more than 369.500 votes that Rand Wilson received for State Auditor helped send a message to our elected officials about the need to refocus their priorities on economic justice issues.
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With all precincts counted, the Wilson campaign for State Auditor achieved ballot status for the Working Families Party on Nov. 7 with surprising support from 19 percent of voters. Only 3 percent was needed to get ballot status for the new party.

Over 60 grassroots labor and community organizations backed the formation of a new Working Families Party and ten unions and ACORN took the bolder step of endorsing Rand Wilson for State Auditor as the party's first Massachusetts candidate.

"Over 369,500 citizens cast a vote for a brand new Working Families Party to send a message urging our elected officials to refocus on the bread and butter issues that matter most to working people," said Wilson, a veteran union organizer who was virtually unknown prior to the election campaign. "It also shows the widespread interest in a party that is committed to an electoral strategy that won't risk spoiling an election or asking supporters of our platform to waste their votes on purely symbolic candidates."

Wilson campaigned vigorously for the passage of Question 2, a statewide referendum allowing independent parties to build coalitions with candidates from other parties, but count their votes on a separate ballot line. Unfortunately the ballot initiative failed.

"Half a million people voted for Question 2," said Wilson. "That's a good start for an innovative idea to improve our democracy so that people in Massachusetts would have more choices and a better chance to have their voices heard."

"Many unions and community groups united behind Rand Wilson's candidacy to build support for the Working Families Party. Now we have earned a new place on the ballot for the voice of working class people," said Teamsters Local 122 Secretary-Treasurer John Murphy. "In the absence of the election reform we sought with Question 2, the future of our party depends on whether we can use that ballot line to support our platform in a meaningful way. Some politicians may be breathing a sign of relief, but this was only a shot across the bow – we are not going away!"

To see the final vote totals for the State Auditor's race visit: www.boston.com/news/special/politics/2006_elections/general_results/audi
See also:
http://www.randwilson.org
http://www.massballotfreedom.com

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Uh Oh!
08 Nov 2006
Look out Democrats, now we will vote for you while pretending to vote for something else!

The WFP is a fraud and so is everyone who promotes it. Frauds. Build a workers' party.
I voted YES on all!
14 Nov 2006
I've been voting since 1975. The Republicrats are ruining our country. I learned to vote third party every chance I get...
I voted yes on all the question ballots. When it comes to another party to participate in the elections? Why not? Can't be any worse than the Corporate Whore ruining our country!
Anyone reading this? Ask yourself this question. How large is the American Debt? Medicade? 30 Trillion Dollars. How much money has been ripped off from Social Security? Over 30 Trillion. Don't believe me? Do your homework. I won't waste my time giving anyone links.
Got to love the Demos...Won't Impeach the criminal. Won't do a real 9-11 investigation. And won't repeal H.R. 6166...You know, the law that strips us of our Bill Of Rights.
What Democracy?