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.