The Other Second Suffolk Candidate

Perhaps it’s our narrow field of vision, but none of the three of us here is willing to cede much of a chance for victory to William Theodore Leonard next month. He is one of two candidates on the ballot for the Second Suffolk state Senate seat held by Dianne Wilkerson.

Sonia  Chang-Díaz won the Democratic Party slot. There is no Republican candidate. Defeated incumbent Wilkerson is not on the ballot, but is running a sticker campaign, despite losing nearly all endorsements and other support. Leonard is on the ballot as the Socialist Workers Party candidate by virtue of gathering enough signatures.


He is what most of us would call a hard-liner, offering the SWP platform as his own. As a union organizer and former  meat packer, he walks his talk.

He favors:

  • Immediate withdraw from Iraq and Afghanistan
  • Legalization of all immigrants in the country
  • Full relations with Cuba
  • Stopping Boston’s Safe Home Initiatives
  • Massive aid to Haiti’s hurricane victims

He has been getting his campaign message out by ringing doorbells and speaking at public rallies and such. Otherwise, he does not have the traditional resources of candidates.

Moreover, we don’t apologize for hosting Leonard. He is one of two candidates on the ballot.  You are certain not to hear his perspective from either Chang-Díaz or Wilkerson.

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  1. Ryan Said,

    October 14, 2008 @ 3:27 pm

    Note: All three of us have endorsed Sonia Chang-Diaz, but we gave an open invitation for any candidate in the Second Suffolk to come on months ago. It’s a shame Dianne Wilkerson decided not to do a show, because it certainly would have been a great venue for her to advocate for her candidacy.

  2. MassMarrier Said,

    October 16, 2008 @ 6:04 am

    Later in the week, the Phoenix ran a brief personal profile of Mr. Leonard. Writer Chris Faraone stresses that the big call is for a debate among the three candidates.

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