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Working Families Party endorses Cara McClure for PSC


Friday, the Working Families Party (WFP) announced that it has endorsed Democrat Cara McClure for Alabama Public Service Commission Place one.

“At the Working Families Party, we want to create an economy that works for everyone, not just the wealthy and well connected,” said WFP senior political strategist Delvone Michael. “One where politicians are accountable to the working people, without the outsized influence of Wall Street or wealthy CEOs. That’s why we are proud to endorse Cara McClure, who will be an advocate for all of the working people of Alabama.”

The Working Families Party announced that with the endorsement it will mobilize its’ grassroots supporter base to volunteer for McClure in advance of the election. The Working Families Party endorsement is a “seal of approval” for progressive voters. Last year, the WFP helped Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate Doug Jones win his special election against Roy Moore with an ambitious digital advertising and texting program.

“The people of Alabama deserve transparent, fair, and affordable residential energy bills,” Cara McClure said. “Alabama has a chance to be an incubator for humane, sensible public policy that actually benefits working families – policies that can be replicated across the country. That’s why national progressive organizations like the Working Families Party is joining our campaign. With the support of our national partners, we will work to create a model of how to govern in partnership with the people right here in Alabama.”

The Working Families Party is a grassroots progressive political party that recruits, trains and elects the the next generation of progressive leaders to office and then works with those leaders to win meaningful policy changes that make a difference in the lives of working families. In recent years, the WFP has grown rapidly around the nation and now has affiliates or local branches in 17 states.

In 2018, WFP candidates have won primaries against machine Democrats in Chicago and defeated a big-spending political establishments in Maryland and Milwaukee. The WFP is fielding a diverse slate of gubernatorial candidates, including Stacey Abrams in Georgia, Ben Jealous in Maryland, Christine Hallquist in Vermont and Andrew Gillum in Florida. It is also backing congressional candidates in Connecticut, New York, West Virginia, Indiana, Nebraska, Wisconsin and hopes to help end Republican control of the U.S. House of Representatives.

In 2017, the Working Families Party backed 1036 candidates across 23 states, and won in nearly two thirds of its races. In addition to helping Doug Jones win the U.S. Senate seat in Alabama, the WFP helped Randall Woodfin win Mayor of Birmingham, LaToya Cantrell win Mayor of New Orleans, Christine Pellegrino win State Assembly in New York, Crystal Murillo win city councilor in Aurora, Colorado, and many others.

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McClure has also been endorsed by, the Progressive Change Campaign Committee, Hometown Action, the Alabama Democratic Conference, the Black to the Future Action Campaign, the Madison County Democratic Women, and the Alabama State Council of Machinists and Aerospace Workers.

McClure grew up in Birmingham, where she was active in her Church. She went to work for her family cleaning service. In 2002, she moved into network marketing, building a team of more than 2000 brand new entrepreneurs across the United States and Canada. Later she started an apartment locating service to help individuals and families find their ideal homes .

McClure has been active with a number of social justice organizations including, but not limited to Stand as One Alabama, Faith in Action, Fight for Fifteen and a Union, and The Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for A Moral Revival.

Cara McClure is challenging Republican incumbent Jeremy Oden.

The general election will be on November 6.

Brandon Moseley is a former reporter at the Alabama Political Reporter.

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