By William S. Coleman III, Independent Candidate
I am a candidate for the United States Senate. I truly believe the United States of America is the greatest country in the world. Opportunity for any persons dream is only limited to the self imposed borders of ones own imagination. This is what is great about America and what separates us from other countries.
But the America we live in is not and was not made to be perfect. The founding Mothers and Fathers of our country instilled in us an American work ethic that encourages us to make America better and stronger.
As Americans each one of us has a responsibility to help our nation provide an opportunity for all Americans to live the American promise of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.
If we need to be reminded of the greatness of this country just look at the new Americans, formerly called immigrants who are grateful to wake up in a free land where your thoughts are not restricted and your communication with your higher power is not obstructed by government control.
It ‘s often been said that new Americans will get on their knees and scrub floors so that the second generation of Americans can proudly walk on them and all Americans can admire their work.
America will always be challenged to provide a strong national defense, improved public safety in our cities and towns, and a public, private and chartered educational school system that will continue to produce modern day miracles.
The America we want is the America each one of us should dream about. I dream of an America free of pollution. I dream of an America where children are born healthy and disability free.
I dream of America where we honor and respect those who have lived long lives and contributed to our country’s foundation of freedom.
And I dream of an America where work is plentiful and dreams of personal enhancement are nourished.
A few weeks ago I announced I was an Independent candidate for the United States Senate. This opportunity was made possible through the sad and untimely death of Senator Ted Kennedy, Democrat-Massachusetts. Senator Kennedy and the entire Kennedy family exemplify what it means to be great Americans and we will forever hold in our hearts the light of inspiration for the lives of all the Kennedy’s who still teach us today the true meaning of public service.
We are the most generous country in the world. In other countries we build schools, hospitals, roads, and housing, water filtration plants, provide agricultural education and tools for improved farming. We are the first industrial nation to respond to natural disasters. No other country can challenge the generosity of the America people.
In science, we are reaching out into outer space in collaboration with other countries to develop new technologies to help protect the planet we live on.
There comes a time when we as Americans must address the challenges that confront modern day America. Our economy must continue to grow where we produce and protect a strong middle class of citizens. As a government we must provide for healthcare for all citizens and support the research our universities need to help eliminate health care crises in our country.
There is no challenge confronting America that we as a people cannot overcome. All Americans must be entitled to live free and be who they are. As a United States Senator, I would never vote to dismantle any gained freedoms of American citizens
The challenges for America in the future are to immediately begin to address the needs of cities, towns and villages that lack the local revenue to rebuild our communities and provide essential services. Communities are then forced to raise taxes which discourage the growth of business and limit the city’s ability to fairly expand its tax base. We must help our cities with a greater distribution of local aid directly from the federal government to help them reduce property tax rates and help families stay in their homes.
The homelessness of our American families and individual citizens must be challenged by a time commitment of our government, business and community leaders.
Social service agencies in America who provide services to those who have a medical, mental or physical disability must not be short changed where staffs are not able to provide professional care to individuals in need.
We cannot continue to neglect the very special needs of our mature citizens. We must encourage and provide the support they need in housing, nutrition and social services to help live a good quality of life.
When I started this campaign for the United States Senate I set out to shake hands with ten thousand voting citizens of our Commonwealth. Of the 350 cities, towns and villages that make up Massachusetts, I have traveled to nearly 70 of them asking for voters to sign my nomination papers. This task has not been easy, but I am grateful for the opportunity to meet so many great Americans and hear their stories.
In these final days as I continue to reach out to Massachusetts citizens for their support I am ever mindful of the need to help this country remember that our greatest challenge is to open our hearts and our minds and to stop the ugly growth of prejudice, bigotry and hypocrisy that continues to stifle any progressive enhancement of our great country.
Washington DC is a wonderful and exciting place. As a young man in 1976, I had the honor to serve our country as an aide working with Senator Edward W. Brooke III- Republican Massachusetts, the first African American popularly elected to the United States Senate. It was under his tutor that I became passionate about this country and its people I love so much.
I am a proud graduate of Worcester State College. I also attended the College of the Holy Cross and Quinsigamond Community College. At Worcester State College I was a Student Senator, the first President of the Third World Student Association (formerly the Black Student Union), a founding member of the campus radio station and a Fine Arts Editor of the campus newspaper, “The Student Voice”.
. At Quinsigamond Community College, I served as President of the Student Government Association.
After I graduated from Roman Catholic High School in Philadelphia, I entered Our Lady of LaSalette College Seminary then of Worcester/Attenborough, Massachusetts studying for the Roman Catholic priesthood. I have to this day a strong belief in God.
As a community leader in Worcester I have been a candidate for public office, and developed a program called “Cribs for Kids”, which is now a national model raising awareness about infant mortality ( babies dying before their first birthday) and the importance for mothers to seek prenatal care.
I have strongly advocated for our libraries to be open and provide a resource for academic study. As a United States Senator, I will support more funding for our local libraries.
When the city of Worcester in 2003 had no money to open up its pools and beaches I initiated a campaign that raised over four hundred thousand dollars from private donations to provide summer recreation activities for the young people of our city and their families.
As a member of the Commission on Elder Affairs, I was part of a team that advocated for the building of the Worcester Senior Center, which today celebrates its tenth anniversary.
As a United States Senator for more funding for our local libraries.
In the early 90’s in Springfield, Massachusetts I led a successful campaign to raise money to assist students who needed to go to summer school but could not afford the cost.
As a classroom teacher, I have been a motivational speaker for young people and encouraged them to pursue a college dream.
If you drive around the city of Worcester and see American flags painted on chain link fences, they are part of the Great American Flag Project, I introduced in 1999 to promote American patriotism.
Each one of us should be called to public service in our communities. As Americans, we have the right to vote and our voices should be heard through the election process.
We must remove the obstacles in the voting process that discourage and limit ones ability to participate in our democracy. I support same day voter registration, voting on the internet and by telephone through a secure prompting system.
When I think of the greatness of America and what we do for others it calls to mind the Emma Lazarus Poem. In Her of sonnet of 1884 the New Colossus inscribed in Bronze and placed at the pedestal of the Statue of Liberty where she cries out,
“Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, the wretched refuse of your teeming shore, send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door!.”
For America, charity must first begin here at home.
As a candidate for the United States Senate I want to represent the people of Massachusetts and continue the proud tradition of public service to all Americans.
Somebody once said, we may have come here in different ships but today in America we are all in the same boat.
I want to take this opportunity to ask for your vote.