BOSTON (CBS) – Evan Falchuk is 44 years old, married, and a father of three. He grew up in Newton and still lives there; he has a law degree, developed a successful company, and then created the United Independent Party he’s running with for governor and he is nothing if not independent.
“I’m running to change the system, to challenge the establishment,” Falchuk told WBZ NewsRadio 1030 recently.
He said Massachusetts voters are sick of establishment politics, and that’s why less than 20 percent of perspective voters turned out for the primary.
With a majority of voters registered as unenrolled, Falchuk thinks the state is ready for a new alternative.
“I founded the United Independent Party based on some simple ideas: that everyone is equal, everybody’s civil rights have to be protected, and the government’s got to spend taxpayer money wisely. It’s a combination that most voters would say, ‘Yeah I agree with that.’ But also, when you survey them, they will tell you they don’t think either of the two establishment parties do anymore.”
Even if the public is ready for a change, because his is not an officially recognized party, Falchuk is only allowed to raise a total of $1,500 per person, per year. This means he’s utilizing a lot of old-fashioned campaigning.
“Personally, I’m out there seven days a week meeting voters, talking to people and listening to what they have to say. I’m doing things that in the old times would be called grassroots politics,” he said.
Falchuck added, “It’s something I enjoy doing, something I’m passionate about.”
If Evan Falchuk gets at least three percent of the vote this November, then the United Independent Party will get official recognition in the Commonwealth.
In a state where so many incumbent legislators run unopposed, he thinks he has a shot.
“We’re trying to inspire people,” Falchuk said.
The Falchuk interview is part of a series of interviews Carl Stevens and WBZ NewsRadio 1030 will be conducting with the candidates running for office in November.
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