Pelto/Murphy Register as Write-In Candidates for 2014

“Always vote for principle, though you may vote alone,
you will cherish the sweetest reflection that your vote is never lost.” 
                                                                         — John Quincy Adams
 

Over the past few weeks more than two hundred people have written to tell us that they will be writing in the names of Jonathan Pelto for Governor and Ebony Murphy for Lt. Governor on November 4, 2014 – Election Day.

Some undoubtedly have made the decision to write in our names because they believe in our candidacy and our message.  Others want a mechanism to send a message to the powerful and the elite that change is in the air and that they will not be getting that person’s vote this year.

Of course, despite the fact that we were all taught that every vote counts, according to the laws of the State of Connecticut, a write in vote DOES NOT COUNT unless the candidate(s) file an official state form.

Section 9-373a of the Connecticut State Statues reads, “Any person desiring to be a write-in candidate for any state, district or municipal office to be filled at any regular election shall register his candidacy with the Secretary of the State on a form prescribed by the secretary.”

If the “prescribed” form is not filed, the vote will not be counted.

As many of us are becoming painfully aware, in the United States, Democracy is a relative term.

It was former President Lyndon Johnson who said something like,

“A person without a vote is a person without protection.”

So with that in mind, we are hereby filing the appropriate form and inviting the voters of Connecticut to write in our names for Governor and Lt. Governor in this year’s critically important election.

Change is in the air.  We may not have been the ones to knock the gates down, but we have – and will continue – to shake the chains that seal the gates shut so that future candidates will be better positioned to knock them down and thereby allow the People to re-take control of their government and their future.

We thank you for allowing us to be part of this historic effort,

Jonathan Pelto and Ebony Murphy

 

Paid for by Pelto 2014, Ted Strelez, Treasurer, Christine Ladd, Deputy Treasurer, Approved by Jonathan Pelto
 

Pelto Statement on falling short of the 7,500 signatures needed to get on the ballot

Later today, the Connecticut Secretary of State’s Office is expected to officially announce that the Jonathan Pelto/Ebony Murphy ticket did not collect the 7,500 certified signatures needed to qualify for a position on the 2014 gubernatorial ballot.

On behalf of the Pelto/Murphy campaign, Jonathan Pelto has released the following statement;

“We are, of course, deeply disappointed that we were unable to collect a sufficient number of signatures to qualify as 3rd party candidates for governor and lt. governor.  While we failed to achieve that critical goal, we’re hopeful that our effort has and will continue to spur a more serious discussion about the critically important issues facing Connecticut.

I want to especially thank Ebony Murphy for agreeing to serve as my running-mate, the hundreds of people who helped collect signatures and the thousands of people who signed our petition.  We are also especially grateful to those who provided the campaign with their financial support.

I apologize to all of our supporters for our inability to get onto the ballot, but want to assure them and the citizens of Connecticut that we will continue to stand up and speak out about the problems facing our state and our society and the solutions that will be necessary to ensure a better future of all of our state’s residents.

The petitioning process was an eye opening one.  While requiring candidates to collect 7,500 signatures to qualify for a position on the gubernatorial ballot continues to seem like a reasonable number, the primitive and burdensome laws and archaic system clearly serve as an unfair barrier to those who believe our democratic system would be better served if voters had more choices when they go to vote.

In the coming months we’ll seek to partner with other 3rd parties, their supporters and those who believe in a more open and democratic process so that we can develop and advocate for a legislative package that will reduce the unfair aspects of the petitioning process and create a more open, democratic system of campaigns and elections.

I also want to offer a special thank you to Connecticut’s reporters and media for providing us with fair and extensive coverage of our campaign.

Finally, a special word of congratulations goes out to Joe Visconti, the other 3rd party candidate, who, along with his team of supporters, did a remarkable job collecting the signatures necessary to get on the ballot.  Joe has shown that the People can challenge the incumbency parties and, shake up the establishment.  I wish him continued success as he speaks out on the issues he is so passionate about.”

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Highlights and Lowlights of the Pelto/Murphy 2014 campaign continue to grow

Kicked off by yesterday’s Wait, Wait? Blog post, the Hartford Courant’s Chris Keating wrote a news update entitled, “Breaking: Pelto Fears He Will Not Reach 7,500 Signatures To Get On Ballot.”

Keating began his article with the following,

In a potential political boost for Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, liberal Democrat Jonathan Pelto told The Hartford Courant on Saturday that he fears he will not reach the necessary threshold to qualify for the gubernatorial ballot in November.

Pelto has threatened to go to court to gain a place on the gubernatorial ballot against Malloy, Republican Tom Foley, and petitioning candidate Joseph Visconti, but Pelto said in an interview that a potential court fight on disputed signatures might be fruitless if he is not close enough to the threshold.

“It’s not looking good,” Pelto said Saturday. “I am increasingly concerned the situation is starting to look grim. It is clear that we submitted far fewer petitions than I had expected. … I may be wrong. But for the first time, I think we may fall short.”

The news article goes on to explore the issues and challenges surrounding what may be our failed effort to qualify for a position on the November gubernatorial ballot.

You can read the original Wait, What? blog here: http://jonathanpelto.com/2014/08/23/youre-rightyou-just-can-make-sht/

And the Hartford Courant story here:  http://courantblogs.com/capitol-watch/breaking-pelto-fears-he-will-not-reach-7500-signatures/

As a candidate for governor over the past few months, I’ve been honored and humbled to hear some amazing complements, along with some pretty harsh insults.

I have to say, after striving to serve as an outspoken supporter of Connecticut public school teachers and state employees over the last four years, in addition my pro-collective bargaining, pro-labor, pro-state employee, pro-teacher voting record when I served as a state legislator more than two decades ago; I was deeply offended when the AFL-CIO refused to allow me to address the delegates at their summer endorsing convention and when the President of the Connecticut Chapter of the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) refused to allow me to fill out a candidate questionnaire, to have an interview with their political action committee or even address their executive committee before they endorsed Governor Malloy.

I was equally stunned, although more hurt than anything else, when the leadership of the Connecticut Education Association prohibited me from collecting signatures outside of their Summer Leadership Conference earlier this month.  Their claim was that allowing me to collect signatures from CEA members would be perceived as an unfair advantage.

Ironically, during the entire campaign, the CEA was the only public or private organization that prohibited me from collecting signatures at an event.

Although all of these situations were real “eye-openers,” they are “water of the dam” and there is no use “crying over spilt milk.”

Besides, to be honest, they have been replaced by two more remarkable reader comments that appear at the end of the aforementioned Hartford Courant article.

While some of the reader comments add perspective to the story, there is Dan who writes, “Did Malloy and/ or his Demon Cronies Pay him off ???”

Followed by Charles who ponders the hundreds of rejected petition signatures asking, “How many wee undocumented immirants?”

I have to say, regardless of whether we do or do not qualify for a position on the ballot, those two comments, along with many of these other experiences. will make the whole episode truly unforgettable.

Oh and just in case there is any doubt – Ah, Dan, the answer is no.

And Charles, if you can describe to me what an “undocumented immigrant” looks like, I’ll try to remember if we saw 900 of them lining up to illegally sign our petitions.

And to Dan and Charles, I urge you to look up the quote that Pogo provided us many years ago.

Paid for by Pelto 2014, Ted Strelez, Treasurer, Christine Ladd, Deputy Treasurer, Approved by Jonathan Pelto

Lieutenant Governor Hopeful Ebony Murphy on Education and the Wealth Gap

“I chose Ebony Murphy to be my Lt. Governor because she has the knowledge, skills and ability to be a true and equal partner as we work to put Connecticut back on track and develop effective policies that will ensure that all of our state’s residents have the opportunity to live their lives to the fullest.

A government that fails to treat its citizens with honesty, respect and dignity has lost its right to serve and we intend to put Connecticut on the list of governments that are truly dedicated to fulfilling our obligation of making the ‘American Dream’ a reality rather than a withering hope. – Jonathan Pelto

The following interview with Ebony was published in the August, 6 2014 edition of Hartford’s Northend Agent’s.  The informative paper can be read at: http://www.northendagents.com/.

In the article written by Tiffani Jones and entitled, “Lieutenant Governor Hopeful Ebony Murphy on Education and the Wealth Gap,” the voters of Connecticut have an opportunity to read more about Ebony Murphy, the Education and Democracy Party’s candidate for Lt. Governor.

Tiffani Jones writes,

Connecticut politics have been heating up as candidates lobby to get on the ballot or get re-elected to office this election year. Each has a bulleted list of ideas about how they propose to ‘save the state’, what’s currently lacking in Connecticut and what they promise to prioritize if elected; and Hartford resident Ebony Murphy is no exception. Murphy, who’s running for the office of Lieutenant Governor (along with running mate Jonathan Pelto) as a potential third-party candidate, caused quite the stir earlier this summer when she filed paperwork to get on the ballot for this upcoming November’s election.

When Connecticut media outlets read the tagline of Ebony Murphy’s inactive blog, they immediately honed in on the fact that she, jokingly, self-identified as an ‘Uppity Negress’. Though Ebony, who is Black, hasn’t filled the blog with any content, the ‘About’ section lists her academic accomplishments, teaching credentials, and all the community outreach and volunteer work she’s done in Hartford. Ebony’s tagline also lists the fact that she’s a feminist, ‘Teamster’s kid’, a ‘Literacy Visionary’ and a ‘Big sister’, but ‘Uppity Negress’ is what Neil Vigdor immediately honed in on, in a June article in the CT Post.

When I spoke to Ebony about the CT Post piece, she said that Neil Vigdor (who she described as a political reporter who writes from a “conservative angle”) asked her about the blog’s tagline and that she’d confirmed that she was being tongue-in-cheek. She said the conversation was a pleasant one, so she was “surprised” by the tone of Neil’s CT Post article. But alas, Ebony Murphy seemed unfazed by the mild rumble she caused right out the gate, and chalked it up to being par for the course for young, Black, ambitious women who often receive pushback as a consequence for being outspoken and driven in their endeavors.

“A progressive Hartford activist named David Samuels called me a token who’s taking [her] marching orders from [her] running mate,” Ebony chuckled. “There’s always this tone of ‘who do you think you are?’ from people. I get pushback from conservatives and progressives. It’s amusing and it reminds me of the time I was in high school doing well at a track meet, and someone [sarcastically] said to me, ‘You sure have big plans for yourself, don’t you?’”

“Society can be indignant towards women with goals,” Ebony continued. “We pretend to be post-racial, but add race to the equation, and there will be pushback when people see ambitious Black women. It’s just the way it is.”

Ebony noted a parallel between herself and Coalition and CT Republican party consultant, Regina Roundtree, who was fired by the Penny Bacchiochi for Lt. Governor campaign after complaining about white privilege on Facebook.

“We’re diametrically opposed politically, yet treated similarly,” she said.

Push-back, skeptics and accusations of she and her running mate being two-party ‘spoilers’ notwithstanding, Ebony Murphy, who’s running under the Democracy Party, seems up to the task of helping enact change in Connecticut and is part of a growing number of educators who refuse to remain silent about the achievement gap, corporate entities’ disdain for teachers and the charter school problem. Last year, Murphy wrote an incendiary piece about her experiences working at Capital Prep under the supervision of controversial charter school advocate and CEO, Dr. Steve Perry. The piece was published to several highly read education sites, including Jonathan Pelto’s blog, Diane Ravitch’s site, and to the National Education Policy Center’s site.

“Jonathan and I are concerned about equitable school funding, well-funded schools, and alternative ways to fund schools,”

Ebony said.

“People who grow up [here] locally should be able to afford the cost of living. The achievement gap is explicitly connected to poverty. Folks like Dr. Steve Perry and Michelle Rhee tell us otherwise. Perry has never been a teacher or taught in a classroom, ever,” she emphasizes. “Poverty does affect the classroom experience. And in light of what’s going on with Terrence Carter, Jumoke Academy, Paul Vallas, and Steven Adamowski, the most credentialed people are being shut out.”

As to the question about why Connecticut is one of the richest states in the country, but has such a wide wealth and achievement gap and poor job market, Ebony considered it a bit before positing,

“The wealthy in Connecticut is comprised of old-money. There are also newer transplants that come here from wealthy backgrounds; you see a lot of generational poverty reflected, as well.”

Ebony Murphy acknowledges that she and Jonathan Pelto have their work cut out for them and concedes that it’s difficult for candidates outside of the two-party system to get their message out there. Murphy believes that there are a great number of people (possibly state workers and union leaders) who support her and her running mate’s platform, but that they are afraid of being too open in showing their support, for fear of retaliation: such as running afoul of Governor Dannel Malloy and losing their jobs.

Whether Ebony Murphy, and her running mate Jonathan Pelto, have what it takes to engage voters and get Connecticut on track, remains to be seen, as they scramble to get enough signatures to be placed on the ballot. But Ebony was emphatic about Connecticut’s need for competent leaders who will listen to voters’ concerns when making decisions,

“People need to take a look at how they choose their political and educational leaders in the state. Government belongs to the people, not the other way around.”

For more information on the Pelto-Murphy campaign, visit peltomurphy2014.com or Follow campaign progress on Facebook and Twitter.

Tiffani Jones is the creator and writer of Coffee Rhetoric, a blog about women, pop-culture, film and race. A contributor to both print and digital platforms, she has offered commentary on HuffPost Live and WNPR’s Where We Live.

You can find the complete article at: http://www.northendagents.com/lieutenant-governor-hopeful-ebony-murphy-education-wealth-gap/

Paid for by Pelto 2014, Ted Strelez, Treasurer, Christine Ladd, Deputy Treasurer, Approved by Jonathan Pelto

Pelto/Murphy 2014 Fundraising Program beings

With the petition process behind us and less than 90 days to go until Election Day, the time has come to raise the funds necessary to implement an effective campaign.

With a special thanks to our early contributors, we are now turning to all of our supporters and asking them to step up and help provide the financial support we need to deliver our message during this campaign.

As a result of the unfair, excessive and probably illegal barriers that prevent 3rd party candidates from participating in Connecticut’s Public Financing System, we are forced to rely exclusively on contributions from individuals.

Donations from $5 to the maximum of $3,500 per person (or anything in between) are welcome and needed.

The new Pelto/Murphy 2014 on-line donation system is now up and running.

To donate on line click on the following link:  Pelto/Murphy 2014 On-line Donation

If the link doesn’t work try: https://anedot.com/campaigns/cc3e810a071/donations/new

 

PLEASE NOTE:  In addition to using the new on-line donation system, campaign contributions can also be made by check.  Making a donation by check for larger contributions will save the campaign the on-line processing fees.

In order to donate by check, please download and complete the contribution form here:   Pelto/Murphy 2014 Contribution Form.

Checks should be written out to Pelto 2014 and then sent to:

Pelto 2014
PO Box 380433
East Hartford, CT 06138

Thank you so much for your help and support,

Jonathan Pelto and Ebony Murphy

Paid for by Pelto 2014, Ted Strelez, Treasurer, Christine Ladd, Deputy Treasurer, Approved by Jonathan Pelto

 

Sunday?  What a good day to get a handful of signatures on the Pelto/Murphy petition

We all know what is at stake as we enter the last days of our historic effort to get on the November ballot so that we can ensure that the people of Connecticut have a real choice in this year’s election for governor.

The deadline for submitting names is 4pm this Wednesday.

Whether you have collected many signatures or have yet to start – today would be a great day to get 5 more names.

PLEASE DOWNLOAD AND PRINT OUT the Pelto/Murphy petition form and get some family, friends, colleagues, neighbors, and other fellow citizens to sign.

REMEMBER:  Any voter can sign and every name moves us closer to our goal.

You can download the Pelto/Murphy 2014 Petition form by clicking on the following link –Pelto/Murphy 2014 Petition Form – if you have a problem downloading the form send me and email and I’ll send you the pdf of the form.

Also, pleases remember;

#1:  This exact form must be used. No other form will do.  The form must be doubled-sided with one side to collect the signature, name, birth date and street address of each voter. If necessary, securely glue or tape the two sides together if you can’t print on both sides.

#2: We are instructed to print the form out on legal paper – HOWEVER – if you use regular 8 ½ x 11 paper and the forms are completed correctly they will be accepted.   So you can print and copy this page on legal or regular paper BUT make sure that the final document HAS BOTH SIDES COPIED.

#3: When you have collected some signatures – take the sheet for your town to your local town clerk who will watch you sign the back, notarize it and will keep the sheet for processing.   

If you have sheets for other towns, they must be delivered to those other town clerks no later than 4pm on Wednesday.

If you have any questions, please drop me a note at [email protected]

Thank you so much for all your help and support,

Jonathan

Paid for by Pelto 2014, Ted Strelez, Treasurer, Christine Ladd, Deputy Treasurer, Approved by Jonathan Pelto

 

If you haven’t signed the Pelto/Murphy 2014 Petition- here are locations and times to sign

More locations to be added so check back regularly

 Saturday, August 2nd

Starbucks Manchester: 172 Deming Street, Manchester (9 – 10am)

South Windsor Farmers Market:  150 Nevers Rd, South Windsor (10 -11am)

Taste of the Caribbean Festival, Riverfront Plaza, Hartford (1-3pm)

Starbucks Wethersfield: 1090 Silas Deane Highway, Wethersfield (2:30-3:30pm)

Something Simple Cafe at 12 Main Street in Hebron (3 to 4 p.m)

Starbucks North Haven: 166 Washington Avenue, North Haven, (4-5pm)

Starbucks Colchester: 27 Broadway, Colchester, (5-6pm)

New Haven Jazz Festival New Haven Green, New Haven (5 – 7pm)

 

Sunday, August 3rd

Colchester Farmers Market: Colchester Town Green, Colchester (9-10 am)

Coventry Farmers Market: Nathan Hale Homestead, Coventry (10:30 – 12pm)

Norwalk’s SoNo Music Series, North Water Street Boardwalk, Norwalk.  (1- 3pm)

Starbucks Hamden: 2100 Dixwell Avenue, Hamden (3 -4pm)

Starbucks Avon:  Avon Marketplace, 380 West Main Street Avon (5-6pm)

 

Monday, August 4th

Jazz in Bushnell Park, Hartford (5-6 pm)

 

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You know that line between being “pushy” and “annoying”?

Well here is the – we’ve got less than 6 days to go – and we still need more signatures to ensure we have enough names (and a buffer) to get on the November ballot.

If every person who has written in support of the Pelto/Murphy campaign collected 10 signatures – we’d be well over the goal.

And many supporters have collected 10, 25, 50, 100, 250 and more.

But the truth is we still need more if we are going to be absolutely certain that we end with the required 7,500 “good” signatures.

So, on behalf of myself, Ebony and everyone who knows we can and must change the way Connecticut is governed, I am asking you to remember Gandhi’s quote…

“Be the change that you wish to see in the world.”

We can create the change we need – but we need everyone to step up to the task at hand.

Download the petition form…

Get a few signatures….

Take it to your local town hall and the Town Clerk with notarize and they will keep the sheet…

And we will be on the ballot in November.

If you simply can’t collect signatures but want to sign a petition, send me an email at [email protected] with where you live and we’ll get you information about where you can go this weekend to sign a petition.

Finally, there are multiple events taking place around the state where we can collect signatures.

If you can help for a couple of hours this weekend, send a note and we’ll get you hooked up with other team members.

As always, if you have any questions or suggestions, please pass them along.

Jonathan

Here is the Petition in case you don’t have it – https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B5PDZpOuzPFVRzgtLUNzbUZrcTg/edit?pli=1

Paid for by Pelto 2014, Ted Strelez, Treasurer, Christine Ladd, Deputy Treasurer, Approved by Jonathan Pelto

Pelto/Murphy 2014 Petition Signing Tues and Wed (Bushnell Park – near the food trucks 11am – 1pm)

Reminder:

Looking for an opportunity to ensure that our voices are heard in this year’s gubernatorial election?

If you are in the area, swing by Bushnell Park from 11:00am  to 1:00pm today or tomorrow.

We’ll be near the food trucks.

You signature will allow us to be on this year’s ballot.

With your help we can put Connecticut back on track

Thanks so much,

Jonathan Pelto and Ebony Murphy
Education and Democracy Party
 

Paid for by Pelto 2014, Ted Strelez, Treasurer, Christine Ladd, Deputy Treasurer, Approved by Jonathan Pelto

The Time for Action is upon us

Following a great weekend of collecting signatures for the Pelto/Murphy 2014 petition effort, we continue to ramp  up our historic effort to get on the November ballot and ensure that the people of Connecticut have a real choice in this year’s election for governor hangs in the balance…

As supporters know, the August 6th 2014 deadline to submit 7,500 signatures to get on the November Ballot is fast approaching.

Regardless of whether you’ve been collecting signatures all along or are part of the group willing to join the effort now, we need your help!

PLEASE DOWNLOAD AND PRINT OUT the Pelto/Murphy petition form and get ten to fifteen family, friends, colleagues, neighbors, and other fellow citizens to sign. 

REMEMBER:  Any voter can sign and every name moves us closer to our goal.

You can download the Pelto/Murphy 2014 Petition form by clicking on the following link – Pelto/Murphy 2014 Petition Form

Here are the Pelto/Murphy 2014 Petition Form Instructions:

#1:  This exact form must be used. No other form will do.  The form must be doubled-sided with one side to collect the signature, name, birth date and street address of each voter. If necessary, securely glue or tape the two sides together if you can’t print on both sides.

#2: There must be separate page for each town.  This means that if you are getting a signature from a voter who lives in Middletown and one who lives in Avon you must have them sign separate petition sheets – note that at the top of the page it says Petition Circulated in Town of __________.  Please put in the name of the town you are the petition signer is from.

#3: We are instructed to print the form out on legal paper – HOWEVER – if you use regular 8 ½ x 11 paper and the forms are completed correctly they will be accepted.   So you can print and copy this page on legal or regular paper BUT make sure that the final document HAS BOTH SIDES COPIED.

#4: When you have collected some signatures and want to submit them: 

(a)  Take the sheet(s) for your town to your local town clerk who will watch you sign the back, notarize it and take the sheet for that particular town.  They can also notarize the other towns you have but we will need to get those sheets to the appropriate towns.

(b)  If you have sheets for other towns and don’t have time to deliver them or can’t stop by your local town hall, you MUST still get all the sheets notarized and then send the sheets to following address – but we need them soon so we can get them to the appropriate town:

Pelto 2014
PO Box 400
Storrs, CT. 06268

If you have any questions, please drop me a note at [email protected] or call me at 860-428-2823.

Finally, we will be conducting petition drives at locations throughout the state over the next week.  If you have a couple of hours to help at one of these locations – please send us a note – as soon as possible – so we can get you scheduled to help – again the email address is [email protected]

As always,

Thanks!

Jonathan

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