The Working Families Party is not exactly new. Several years ago my SO ran as a WFP candidate. As Democrats–especially on the national level–are becoming increasingly indistinguishable from Republicans, third parties with the willingness to take an unwavering stance on the issues are becoming more relevant, viable alternatives.
Yesterday, three WFP candidates for Hartford City Council entered the race–Luis Cotto of La Paloma Sabanera, pediatrician and PTO member Dr. Larry Deutsch, and community activist Urania Petit.
Connecticut Working Families is most concerned with the issues of affordable housing, access to health care, and fair wages. They are on the record as supporting Senate Bill 601, “which would guarantee working people in the state a modest amount of paid sick time.” Recently, the WFP held a rally at the New Britain Wal-Mart to protest their discriminatory practices against Spanish-speaking workers.
If any of these three candidates get elected, it will challenge the City Council to do more than act as “rubber stamps,” which it has been accused of being in recent months.