Zach Polett

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Zach Polett is National political director of ACORN; former executive director of Project Vote; board member of America Votes.[1]

New Party founders

The two key founders of the New Party were Joel Rogers and Dan Cantor.

The first strategic meetings to plan the New Party were held in Joel Rogers' home in Madison Wisconsin in the very early 1990s. Present were Rogers' wife Sarah Siskind, Dan Cantor, ACORN leaders , Wade Rathke ,Zach Polett , Steve Kest and Jon Kest , Steve Cobble from the Institute for Policy Studies (in an advisory role), Sandy Morales Pope (for the first 18 months), Harriet Barlow and Barbara Dudley.

The very first meeting included Gerry Hudson from Democratic Socialists of America and SEIU and Gary Delgado, plus labor activists Sam Pizzigati and Tony Mazzocchi. Anthony Thigpenn of Los Angeles was also approached, but though supportive did not wish to play a leadership role.[2]

ACORN

In 1998 Zach Polett was director of national political operations for ACORN and had lived in Little Rock for the past 18 years.[3]

References

  1. http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=93351993
  2. Spoiling for a fight: third-party politics in America By Micah L. Sifry, page 347
  3. http://www.nhi.org/online/issues/101/polett.html