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Third Parties: Working Families Party

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The Working Families Party of Oregon calls itself, “the minor party with major possibilities.” The party came onto the Oregon scene in 2006. Since that time, party faithfuls say they’ve managed to achieve some significant political success by the system of fusion voting. That’s a system of “cross-nomination,” whereby the party can endorse candidates from either of the two major parties, or any other party for that matter.

The WFP says that’s how they recently unseated an incumbent in the May primary and helped the opposing candidate win the nomination. The issues central to the party include: 

  • A single payer system for health care
  • Affordable housing and lending practices reform
  • Promoting green, family-wage jobs

Would you consider registering as a member of the Working Families Party of Oregon or voting for a candidate on the WFP ticket? Which of their issues resonate with you? Which don’t? What is the appropriate role for minor parties in our system of government?


Barbara Dudley: Senior policy advisor for the Working Families Party of Oregon

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