Hazel Ingram: My vote in the Electoral College

hazelMy name is Hazel Ingram, and this year, I am the Working Families Party’s presidential elector in the Electoral College in New York. That means if Hillary Clinton wins New York state, I’ll be one of only 538 people nationwide who will get vote directly for our next president, and one of only 29 New Yorkers.

I am humbled and proud to have been selected by the Working Families Party to represent you in the Electoral College.

If we all come out to vote in a few days, I’ll get to cast my electoral vote directly for our first woman president, Hillary Clinton. I’ll get to cast that vote for the future I want to see for my children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren — a future where we finally tackle all the big challenges that are holding us back.

I would be honored to represent you and other Working Families Party members in that historic vote. But first I need you to help me get there, Charles:

Say you’ll join me in voting for Hillary Clinton on the Working Families Party ballot line so we can defeat Trump and tell all of our elected officials we want them to fight for equality, fairness, and justice.

The members of the Electoral College — the 538 people who actually elect our President — don’t usually have stories like mine. They are often elected officials, big-wigs, donors or lobbyists.

I’m not one of those people. I’m a proud 93-year-old activist who’s been an active member of my union, SEIU 32BJ, for over 60 years. And I have no plans to retire from my cleaning job in midtown Manhattan anytime soon.

I marched as a union member with the Rev. Dr. King. I helped elect Shirley Chisholm to Congress. I’ve been arrested in acts of civil disobedience. And I am the oldest active worker in my union, SEIU 32BJ, which has over 155,000 members.

But what we are facing in Donald Trump’s campaign is unlike anything I’ve ever seen in my lifetime. The hatred and bigotry of his campaign has been disgusting and frightening to witness.

We need to make sure this man doesn’t come anywhere near the White House. Here in New York, we have the chance to do that while also sending a clear message about the values we share and the future we want to build.

I will be proud to vote for Hillary Clinton on the Working Families Party line to send that message. And I will be even prouder to cast my vote representing you in the Electoral College.

Please join me in saying you’ll vote for Hillary Clinton on the Working Families Party line in New York.

When you vote for Working Families Party candidates on Line E in New York, you do something quite special. Your vote counts the same, but you also let everyone know that you want candidates to fight on the issues that matter to working families. Things like higher wages, paid family leave, criminal justice reform, and more.

And when we show up to vote in big numbers, you can be sure they all take notice.

Your vote on the Working Families Party line shows you support a party that embraces people like me and values like ours. A party that never stops fighting to build a country that works for all of us, not the 1%. A party I am proud to be a part of.

Please say you’ll join me in voting for Hillary Clinton on the Working Families Party line, and then remind your friends and family to do the same.

Together, I know we are unstoppable. Thank you so much.


Hazel Ingram