On June 25, 2013, the special election for U.S. Senate in Massachusetts was held. It was held due to former senator John Kerry’s appointment to be the Secretary of State on February 1st. Democrat Ed Markey, a current member of Congress since 1976, prevailed over Republican opponenet Gabriel Gomez. Also, a third party candidate, Richard Heos, received 4,518 votes, or 0.39%. He represented the Twelve Visions Party, a minor political party that ran Jill Ann Reed for president in 2012 – she received over 2,700 votes nationwide and was on the ballot in at least two states. The Twelve Visions Party has been described as a quasi-libertarian party. Previously, Libertarian Daniel Fishman had announced his entry into the race, but he withdraw a short while later. Despite the fact that he was the only third party candidate in the race, Heos did not maintain a campaign website or utilize any social media.
The results, from Wikipedia, are below:
|2013 Massachusetts U.S. Senate special election|
|Twelve Visions Party||Richard Heos||4,518||0.39%||n/a|
On June 25th, a brief article on Heos by Eric Randall was published on bostonmagazine.com:
Voters could barely keep tabs on the Democratic and Republican candidates in today’s special Senate election so it’s no wonder that many were surprised to discover that there’s a third candidate on the ballot: Richard Heos of the Twelve Visions Party.
Heos is a retired 66-year-old from Woburn who officiates youth sports games. According to Back Bay Patch, which briefly profiled him, he’s basically a super-duper libertarian:
Heos could not encapsulate his campaign or party’s platform in a nutshell, citing that it was more than 100 pages long, but he said that if elected he would strive to end all welfare entitlements and restrictions on immigration.
The Twelve Visions Party has a bizarre new-agey way of presenting itself, but at its essence, itseems intent on dismantling most of the government, reducing it to nothing more than a very limited local law enforcement, for the purpose of making “all the people” rich, “even the poor!” Which … yes, that is generally what is meant by “all the people.” The party managed to get a presidential candidate on the ballot in Colorado in 2012. Despite getting Heos on the ballot, the party’s platform and publicity efforts in Massachusetts are not particularly … cogent. The party introduces itself on its Massachusetts website thusly:
The founding 2012 TVP national Platform Unveiled in mid 2009, is Timeless. That fundamental Document is based on Fundamental Principles as opposed to transitory pragmatism. Therefore, that Seminal 2012 National Platform shall forever remain the TVP National Platform, for that founding Platform is the Fundamental Expression of an entirely new Dimension of Civilization void of Initiatory Force.
Now if that doesn’t sound like the third party movement that will finally break up the entrenched two party hegemony we’ve seen for over a century in America, what does?
If you’re curious, there are actually 12 visions listed on the website, one of which reads, ‘VISION 3: Fell Extraordinary Every Day.’ Heos tells the Boston Globe, “We’re novices,” and ,”We don’t expect to win.” Not with campaign literature like that, you won’t.
Twelve Visions Party website: