Philly Green Party

Giordano Kick-Off a Huge Success

Posted in News on Mar 10, 2010

Giordano Kick-Off a Huge Success
Campaign off to an excellent start

Philadelphia, PA – Friday night, friends and supporters packed into the Holy Smoke Bar and Restaurant to help kick off Hugh Giordano’s campaign for State Representative.  Giordano, the Green Party candidate, told the crowd why he should be the 194th District’s next Representative in Harrisburg.

“I care about working people and will fight for workers’ rights,” said Giordano.  “I have seen three generations of poverty living in the same house – that’s almost 90 years of poverty among hard-working people, people who worked in factories and never took a dime from the system.  There’s something wrong with that picture,” said Giordano.

Giordano was introduced by Holy Smoke’s owner Frank Mitchell, who once employed Giordano as a part-time DJ.  “I have known Hugh for five years and he is a great person.”  Mitchell also commented on Giordano’s choice to run as a Green by saying, “there’s all this talk about red states and blue states, but to me it’s all purple.  Whatever color you are, Hugh should be your candidate.”

Giordano’s current boss, Chad Brooks of the United Food and Commercial Workers Union Local 152, spoke of Hugh’s hard work and dedication.  “In my 13 years, Hugh is the only person I’ve ever recommended for a job.”  Brooks met Giordano when the latter was a student at Philadelphia University and tried to help unionize the dining hall where he also worked at the time.

Giordano is a lifelong resident of the district and a product of Philadelphia’s public schools.  He graduated from Saul High School and later Philadelphia University.  “As someone who went to public school in this city, I know what it’s like to not have books on the shelves.  Teachers don’t have the resources they need to do their jobs.  We need to bring back the arts, music, sports, and other programs so our youth have positive outlets for their time and talents.”

Giordano emphasized that he is not your typical candidate.  He vows to not take one penny from CEO’s and big corporations.  “I intend to represent you, the people, not the corporations who influence candidates through their donations,” said Giordano.

The next stop in Hugh’s campaign will be the kick-off of his petition drive to get on the November ballot.  As a third party candidate, Giordano will have to collect approximately 450 signatures from registered voters by the end of August.  Petitioning can begin as early as Wednesday, March 10.

The 194th District covers the Roxborough, Manayunk, and Wynnefield sections of Philadelphia, as well as parts of Montgomery County such as Bala Cynwyd and Narberth.

The Green Party of Pennsylvania is an independent political party that stands in opposition to the two corporate parties.  The Green Party of Pennsylvania stands for grassroots democracy, sustainable economics, nonviolence, and ecology.

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