The Associated Press reports on our expanded Pipeline Project work this year:
The Working Families Party is working to broaden its reach with a new emphasis on local, down-ballot races around the state.
The labor-backed party is best known for its involvement in statewide races and political campaigns in New York City, but in this month’s election, it recruited and supported 111 candidates in local races. Seventy-one of them won.
It’s part of a long-term effort by the liberal party to cultivate political talent at an early stage.
“Some of these candidates are our future state legislators,” the party’s state director, Bill Lipton, said of the city council, town board and county legislative candidates. “If you encourage honest people to run for office, then give them a path, that’s the way you can change Albany.”