Stephanie Piddock, the coordinator for Sen. Bernie Sanders’s Democratic presidential campaign in Connecticut’s Fifth District and a local Occupy organizer, says she plans to seek the U.S. House seat in the district as a Green Party candidate next year.
In an e-mail statement, Piddock said, “The people need to be represented by The People, not by the moneyed elite whose wealth and self-interest profoundly disconnect them from our reality. As the political system exists right now, the metallic clang of money is speech, and the sinister rustle of dollars is a poor substitute for the vigor of votes.”
Democratic incumbent Elizabeth Esty is expected to seek a third term in 2016. The last Green candidate in the district was Harold Burbank, who received 0.8% of the vote in his 2008 run.