Working Families Party screens candidates in Oneida, Herkimer, Madison, Lewis counties

The Working Families Party today announced that it will begin screening candidates for endorsement for this year’s local, state, and judicial elections.  The local chapter located in Utica is seeking candidates from Oneida, Herkimer, Madison and Lewis counties.

Candidates must complete the questionnaire, which can only be done on the WFP’s website, by May 25. Afterward, candidates are interviewed by the local and regional Working Families Party.

The questionnaire, which is a requirement for screening, can be found at

Candidates are also encouraged to send a letter and a resume to Working Families Party, c/o John Furman, P.O. Box 411, Utica, N.Y. 13503-0411. For more information, contact Furman at (315) 725-0974. The email address is

The Working Families Party platform supports living wage jobs, affordable housing, accessible health care, better public schools, and more investment in public services. It has been successful in organizing campaigns to increase the minimum wage, enact paid family leave, reform the Rockefeller drug laws, enact a Green Jobs Program, and restore funding for public schools in New York state.

Founded in New York in 1998 by a coalition of progressive unions, community organizations, and activists, the Working Families Party’s goal is to use electoral politics and issue campaigns to win concrete victories for working people. The Central New York Citizens in Action, as well as area unions such as the CWA and UAW, helped to organize the Oneida-Herkimer-Madison WFP organization.

With chapters in ten states and a supporter-base that spans the nation, the Working Families Party has won public policies that make a difference in the lives of working families, from paid sick days laws and minimum wage increases to reforms to criminal justice laws and policing practices to wins on student debt and environmental protection. The WFP’s progressive candidates’ Pipeline is recruiting, training and electing the next generation of progressive leaders.

More information can be found at:

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