“I’m thrilled to have the UAW’s endorsement of my candidacy,” said Purcell. “Union workers fought for and won improvements that we all now take for granted, like the minimum wage, the 40 hour week, social security and the end of child labor. When unions lose ground in this country, the results are clear: the rich become richer, the poor become poorer and the middle class all but disappears.”
Purcell won 33% of the vote in a one-on-one race for this same seat back in 2007. He went on to serve as the Green Party’s candidate for Lt. Governor in 2010, winning a little under 33,000 votes or about 1% in that statewide race.
Holyoke is a city of about 40,000 people located in Massachusetts, just about 10 miles north of Springfield. The sport of volleyball was invented there in 1895 and the city is currently home to the Volleyball Hall of Fame.