Working Families Party Organizing in Wisconsin

working-familiesFrom Richard Winger at Ballot Access News:

According to this story, the Working Families Party is organizing in Wisconsin. Wisconsin does not permit fusion, and generally the Working Families Party only becomes ballot-qualified in states that have fusion. However, the party may be feeling more confident about running and winning races without fusion. It has elected two of its nominees in special legislative elections this year, and in neither case was the WFP nominee also the nominee of the Democratic Party. The two 2015 legislative wins were to the Connecticut State Senate and the New York Assembly.

From the article cited, written by Bill Glauber and Daniel Bice:

“It’s always exciting to see a new state Working Families Party come together,” said Jon Green, the group’s national deputy director. “The people involved in this effort are enormously talented and energetic. Wisconsin has been a key site in national fights over inequality and corporate control of our economy, and there’s no doubt our side needs a stronger voice.”

Organizers here say that the party won’t be on the ballot but will seek to recruit and support candidates in local races, perhaps as early as the spring election for city council in Milwaukee.

“We don’t see ourselves right away as a third party with a banner and candidates under our banner. It’s too early for that,” Schroeder said.

More than likely, Schroeder said, the group will try to influence Democrats.

“We want this to be more of a people’s voice,” Schroeder said.

One thought on “Working Families Party Organizing in Wisconsin

  1. Andy Craig

    Milwaukee city council is nonpartisan, as are mayors and county boards and executives in WI. In general, state representative is the lowest partisan race in the state and county/city government is nonpartisan. The biggest of a handful of weird exceptions being sheriffs and coroners.

    The idea seems to be a Milwaukee-centered party focusing on those races. Interesting news, and it will be interesting to see if they do run any partisan candidates. Their only opportunity to get ballot status in 2016 would be with a presidential candidate, which WFP doesn’t do. The big-ticket race in WI is for U.S. Senate, and I’m sure this crowd would endorse Russ Feingold before they’d run against him. In 2018, they could get four years of ballot status with 1% for any of five statewide races. That’s what we did, and also the Greens and CP.

    Milwaukee has a famous history of left-wing minor parties, that would often engage in tactical fusion. Currently WI categorically prohibits fusion however.

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