Super Tuesday 2016: Why is Roque ‘Rocky’ De La Fuente on your Democratic ballot?
01 Mar

Super Tuesday 2016: Why is Roque ‘Rocky’ De La Fuente on your Democratic ballot?

Massachusetts voters heading into the polling booth on Super Tuesday will recognize most of the names of the presidential contenders on there: Bernie Sanders. Martin O’Malley. Hillary Clinton.

….And then, sandwiched between Clinton and “No Preference,” there’s Roque “Rocky” De La Fuente.

De La Fuente is a businessman running for president, and has been contrasting himself with fellow businessman Donald Trump, the Republican frontrunner.

He claims Trump motivated him to run, saying in a statement provided by his campaign, “I happen to be a first generation Hispanic American, so I was among the first type of people Trump lashed out at.”

He “couldn’t stand by idly,” De La Fuente added.

So how did he get on the ballot? The old-fashioned way, according to the office of Massachusetts elections chief Bill Galvin.

There are three different ways to get your name on the presidential primary ballot: Galvin can place candidates on the ballot “who have been generally advocated or recognized in the national news media, or the chairperson of each party’s state committee offer up a list of candidates.

De La Fuente did it the third way: He gathered the 2,500 voters’ signatures needed to get onto the ballot, according to Galvin spokesman Brian McNiff.

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