American Pirate Candidates Reach up to 18%
In a country where the concept of proportional representation is all but unknown, Pirates have done very well. In most other countries the share of the votes gained would have meant seats in government. Obviously the issues raised by the Pirate Parties of Wisconsin and Massachusetts hit a cord with voters.
Joseph T Klein garnered 18% of the vote in District 19 in Wisconsin and in Massachusetts. One very pleased Pirate said;
Joe made a huge impact in the 19th Assembly District; for a first time candidate, nearly 20% of the vote is impressive.
“We are just getting started. This is year five. We are already strategizing for the next two years.”
There will be local elections next year (2015) and full term elections soon (2016).
Although the New Hampshire Pirate Party (NHPP) did not have any candidates this time, they were pleased to see the libertarian candidate Max Abramson elected since he shares many of the Pirate’s goals and policies
Featured image: CC BY-SA 3.0 Massachusetts Pirate Party
About Andrew Reitemeyer
I joined the Pirate Party of Lower Saxony in Germany in April 2012, once I found out that non citizens were welcome to join and become active members of the Party. I joined the Pirate Times soon after it was started as a proof reader and am now an editor and author. Since then I have returned to my native New Zealand and joined the Pirate Party of New Zealand. Politically I come from the libertarian left and have, up to now, not regarded any political party as having a solution for the democratic deficit that envelops the world. With the advent of the Pirate Party, which truly embraces grass roots democracy, I have found a political home. The Pirate Times is a way I can contribute to furthering the Pirate Movement around the world. Skype: frithogar