Evan Falchuk

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Evan Falchuk
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Candidate for
Governor of Massachusetts
PartyIndependent
Elections and appointments
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Education
Bachelor'sLehigh University
J.D.University of Pennsylvania Law School
Personal
ProfessionAttorney
ReligionJewish
Websites
Personal website
Campaign website
Evan Falchuk (b. November 19, 1969) is running as an United Independent Party candidate for Governor of Massachusetts in the 2014 elections.[1]

Prior to launching his campaign for Governor, Falchuk worked as a business executive and as an attorney.

Biography

Falchuk served from 1999 until 2013 on the executive team of Best Doctors, Inc., a Boston-based global health care company whose mission is to "provide people the right diagnosis and right treatment."[2] Prior to that, he practiced law in the District of Columbia.[3]

Falchuk worked as an attorney for the Washington D.C. firm Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson from 1994-1999. During his time with the firm, he focused on SEC enforcement.[2]

Falchuk earned his J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania Law School, and is a Phi Beta Kappa alumnus of Lehigh University, where he earned his B.A. in History. He is fluent in Spanish[4].

He serves on the Board of Directors of the National Coalition on Health Care. Previously, he served as a Corporate Fellow with the National Governors Association. In addition, he has played active advisory roles with the American Benefits Council, the Associated Industries of Massachusetts Health Care Committee, the National Business Group on Health and Vistage.[5][2]

Education

  • Bachelor of Arts in History - Lehigh University
  • Juris Doctor - University of Pennsylvania Law School

Elections

2014

See also: Massachusetts gubernatorial election, 2014

Falchuk is running for election to the office of Governor of Massachusetts. Falchuk's candidacy is affiliated with the United Independent Party. Falchuk was the first candidate to officially qualify for the November ballot. He submitted over 10,000 signatures more than a month before the July 29, 2014 deadline for candidates not affiliated with the major parties. If Falchuk achieves more than 3% of the vote, the United Independent party will gain recognition in Massachusetts. More than half of registered voters in Massachusetts are not affiliated with the Republican or Democratic parties. The general election takes place November 4, 2014.[6]

Campaign themes

In a biography Falchuk submitted to Ballotpedia, he described his political philosophy:

"I and my supporters with the United Independent movement in Massachusetts are focused on socially progressive ideas and fiscally sensible solutions - an area where I believe the majority of voters in Massachusetts are. Nearly 53 percent of voters in Massachusetts are "unenrolled" - choosing not to be tied to either the Democratic or Republican parties. These millions of voters are looking for pragmatic, common-sense solutions rather than temporary, quick fixes or partisan sound bites. I believe that by taking the time to communicate with and build consensus among voters on innovative, forward-looking proposals and initiatives, we have a tremendous opportunity to improve what has become the "politics as usual" climate in Massachusetts, and show greater respect for voters' priorities and voices in the process."[2]

Debates

August 21 independent debate

Evan Falchuk and Jeffrey McCormick discussed the state's economic fortunes, taxes and a statewide referendum on casinos in a debate hosted by Middlesex Community College. Falchuk, who is running as the United Independent Party candidate, argued that high healthcare costs and limited housing options have led to the state's economic struggles. McCormick countered that job creation and energy costs are the main culprits for economic problems.[7]

McCormick was taken to task by Falchuk over his proposal for a lowered state income tax and shrinking of state agencies. This proposal would establish a five-percent income tax and reduce the number of state jobs by eliminating positions as employees retire or move to new jobs. Falchuk suggested that the proposal doesn't make financial sense, and pushed McCormick to name specific jobs that should be eliminated. McCormick countered that recent investigations into corruption at the state probation department highlights the state's wasteful spending.[7]

The two independent candidates also sparred over Question 3 on the November 4 ballot, which would repeal a 2011 law that allows resort casinos to operate in Massachusetts. McCormick supports Question 3, claiming that the law is only beneficial to casino operators. Falchuk opposes Question 3, as he believes that the people of Massachusetts and their representatives already dealt with the matter. He compared the measure to efforts by congressional Republicans to sue President Barack Obama over the Affordable Care Act.[7]

Campaign Media

Television

Personal

Falchuk currently resides in Auburndale, Massachusetts, with his wife, Felicia Falchuk, and their three children. Falchuk is Jewish. His brother, Brad Falchuk, is co-creator of several hit TV shows including “Glee,” and his mother, Nancy Falchuk, is the immediate past president of Hadassah.[8]

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