My name is Angus Jennings, I’m a professional planner with a specialty in housing & economic development. I’ve worked about half my career in Massachusetts town halls, and half my career as a consultant running my own small business. As a consultant, I have worked on projects in nearly 40 cities and towns across the Commonwealth, many working for the community itself. I was born in Springfield, grew up in Wilbraham, have lived in Quincy and Marshfield, and now my wife, young daughter and I call Concord home. Until this year, I had been a registered Democrat all my voting life, and was even on the Board of Directors of the Young Dems of Massachusetts (Mass Democratic Future) back in the early 2000’s. On Nov. 4, I’ll be on the ballot as the United Independent Party candidate for Lieutenant Governor- my running mate is Evan Falchuk. I’m here to humbly ask for your vote.
My livelihood is town and city planning and a core area of interest is housing and smart growth. I have seen as a town employee & in the private sector how state policy is restricting growth, and how the failure to address the obvious and growing problem of housing costs – and its relationship to jobs (jobs follow rooftops) is harming real people all over the Commonwealth.
But, my story is not really the important thing. Sadly, the failure of governance on the part of Beacon Hill related to housing is not an isolated instance. The list is well known and ever-growing (DCF, crime lab, Probation, hospital mergers, health connector, homeless families living in motels….). The important thing is that Beacon Hill is calcified and captured by special interests. Progressive change, change to effective governance, will not happen as long as the people challenging the Democratic leadership in the state legislature are the Republican leadership in the state legislature. The important thing is that, on Nov. 4, there is the opportunity to begin the process of bringing real change to Beacon Hill in the form of the United Independent Party.
Massachusetts is a unique and great place, we have led the nation in many ways of which we can be proud. But, the state’s government has failed to live up to the quality of its citizenry. Why must Massachusetts be stuck with the identical two party setup as Texas and Mississippi? This is holding us back from truly representative democracy and bold solutions to our problems. In Massachusetts, the conditions are such that there is a real chance for a pragmatically progressive third party to quickly grow into the second party.
Here are the three core governing principles of the United Independent Party (UIP): everyone is equal, everyone’s civil rights will be protected, & public money will be spent wisely. Nothing radical here, but many people agree that neither party represents this combination of values anymore. If you share these principles and believe that it is time we expect more of our state’s government, you will find a welcoming home in the UIP. If the Falchuk-Jennings ticket gets 3% in this election, the United Independent Party will become an official party – a big first step in the process of bringing something new and better to Beacon Hill.
If you want to learn more, please check out my website at www.Angus4LG.org and the website of my running mate Evan Falchuk at www.Falchuk2014.org. You can also visit www.UIPMass.org. Or send me an email at the address you can find by clicking on my name above, and/or connect on Facebook or Twitter (@Angus4LG). And, of course, feel free to ask any questions in the comments. You can also view my first commercial below.
I humbly ask again: If you don’t think that things are going well, why not try to shake things up? The status quo is not working for most of us. Vote for the United Independent Party and the Falchuk-Jennings ticket and invest in the health of our democracy.