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America First Party of Massachusetts
P.O. Box 61126
New Bedford, Massachusetts 02746
Friday, 2 April 2004
Re: Party Celebrates First Elected Official
New Bedford, MA - The America First Party of Massachusetts is celebrating a major milestone in its development--the
first ever election of a party member to public office. On Tuesday, March 30, 2004, Jeffrey W.T. Buck was elected to the Representative Town Meeting Assembly of Framingham, MA representing the 13th Precinct.
Framingham is the largest town in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, with a population of more than 67,000 people. Under its form of government, the Board of Selectmen along with a Town Manager form the executive
branch, while a Representative Town Meeting Assembly serves as the legislative branch. Each year, voters elect four representatives from each of the town's eighteen precincts to the Town Meeting Assembly. Each
Town Meeting Assembly member serves a three-year term.
Jeffrey W.T. Buck is a 31 year-old Education Masters Degree candidate at Framingham State College, with a focus on teaching English to speakers of foreign
languages. In 2003, he co-founded Concerned Citizens and Friends of Illegal Immigration Law Enforcement (CCFILE), a local grassroots immigration reform organization.
Commenting on his election as a write-in
candidate, he said, "I'm honored to be the first AFP member elected to public office. It's a small step for us, but it's a step in the right direction. My primary task as a Town Meeting member is to see that the
plain English of our Commonwealth's Constitution and town By-Laws is upheld, starting with the oath of office. I look forward to doing the best job I can for all my constituents."
National Chairman Dan
Charles added, "In 2002, we came close to winning several elections, and more than half our candidates got between 15% and 25% of the vote. 2004 has started off well, with our first victory. Our strategy from day
one has been to focus on state and local elections in 2002 and 2004, growing our own candidates as we grow our party. Jeffrey is not the first party member to serve in public office, but he is the first to be elected to
public office as a party member. We believe this is a harbinger of better days to come for the American people and the residents of the Town of Framingham."
Jonathan Hill, State Chairman, (508) 997-3606
Dan Charles, National Chairman 1-866-SOS-USA1, ext 4