WHEN Will Not Endorse
From the Berkshire Eagle
The leadership of WHEN, which stands for Women Helping Empower Neighborhoods, had hoped to endorse a candidate before the primary election March 15.
But during an emergency meeting last night, its members voted against that move after many voiced fears that the organization would be forced to pick between two of its own and that such a decision could rend the 18-month-old group in two.
Unfortunately, they are right to not endorse if it threatens the organization. But, they now need to get 67% of the electorate to vote for their candidates.
Following the vote, Serre urged WHEN still to take an active role in the election, to pick one of the candidates and work for him or her.
"Endorsements are critical in this race because they can move large bodies of people," Serre said. "I encourage you to get very involved and work actively to support your candidate. ... This [campaign] is going to be short, this is going to be fast, and whoever gets their people out on a muddy spring day is going to win."
Correct -- WHEN members should, of course, get involved in a campaign, even if the organization is not officially endorsing anyone.