Who is Richard Heos?
A Patch resident asked us this question, and here is the answer.
Next week, Massachusetts goes to the polls to choose between Democratic candidate Ed Markey and Republican candidate Gabriel Gomez to see who will fill the seat vacated by John Kerry in the U.S. Senate. However, also on that ballot is Heos, a Woburn resident representing the Twelve Visions Party.
After serving in the U.S. Navy, the 66-year-old currently is self-employed and serves as an official in local area youth sports leagues.
Although Heos is a longshot by any stretch of the imagination, he is no stranger to politics, volunteering in several Republican organizations over the years as well as running for Mayor of Woburn in 1991.
"This race is similar in a way; I lost that one by a 7-to-1 margin," said Heos. "It was my first run for public office. This campaign now is way above my comfort level so to speak, but we hope to do very well."
However, Heos could not encapsulate his campaign or party’s platform in a nutshell, citing that it was over 100 pages long, but he said that if elected he would strive to end all welfare entitlements and restrictions on immigration.
“We’re out to change politics as we know it, but we have to work within the system,” said Heos. “All of this won’t happen over night with my candidacy, it will happen with the election of a president who will cut their own power and cut the bureaucracy.”
According to Heos, his candidacy is the first at the U.S. Senate level for his party, although Jill Reed gained ballot access in Colorado as a candidate of the Twelve Visions Party during the 2012 Presidential race.
More information on the Twelve Visions Party is available on their Massachusetts website.