On January 25, 2013, Evan Falchuk and a group of determined Massachusetts citizens launched the United Independent Party. Raised in Massachusetts and a longtime Auburndale resident, Evan had long questioned what he viewed as the limited options of Massachusetts’s two-party system. Like many residents, he was tired of outdated political arguments and too many leaders putting loyalty to party line before offering real, pragmatic solutions. He understood the wish for a sensible political alternative, a third party that could meet so many voters’ growing demand for common-sense priorities and solutions that directly affect their family’s day-to-day lives.
On February 25, 2013, Evan declared his candidacy for the Governor of Massachusetts 2014 race with a firm commitment to advancing socially progressive ideas and fiscally sensible solutions.
A married, 43-year-old father of three, Evan’s mindset today is shaped in part by his family history – an inspiring, bona fide American success story. His refusal to be a “victim of circumstance” and just settle for the state’s longtime “status quo” political climate can be traced back to his paternal grandfather’s story and decisions.
Evan’s grandfather, Solomon Falchuk, escaped from Russia at the end of World War I, where as a boy he saw members of his family killed because of their Jewish faith. With next to nothing to his name, he set off for America but was sent instead to Cuba. After several years he moved to Venezuela where he started his own successful business. Solomon lived to be 101, having realized his dream that his family would one day have better lives in America – lives that included education, healthy children, security, and the freedom of self determination.
It is this family example – this progress made through sheer hard work, grit and choosing life-defining action over passive acceptance of circumstance – that so shapes Evan’s thinking today. As founder of the United Independent Party, he sees a tremendous opportunity to meet state voters’ growing call for a new alternative. Fiscally sensible, pragmatic solutions, protecting hard-earned social freedoms, accountable government working alongside more engaged communities – all are possible. He believes practical legislative plans and policies simply must replace rote political banter and sound bites. Innovative vision must replace the passive Republican and Democratic “business as usual” approach.
“Whatever your background, we all want our lives to have purpose and meaning, and to be successful at what we are doing,” Evan says. “We want to do for our children what generations before us have done – to fix some part of the world when we’re able, to make our communities better, and build for the generation that follows us. Like so many people in Massachusetts, I believe we share a responsibility to help – whether building stronger communities, crafting better policies that help Massachusetts businesses of all sizes thrive, or helping people who aren’t able to help themselves. Today’s two-party system just doesn’t deliver this anymore, and we should all be demanding more.”
Evan’s Professional Background
Evan’s professional experience reflects his drive to find innovative solutions to big problems. Highly regarded for his expertise in legislative policy, health care reform and business leadership, Evan’s perspective has been featured in high-profile outlets ranging from The Wall Street Journal, CNN and The Boston Globe to Forbes, USA Today, CBS Radio and The Washington Times. He is an in-demand speaker, having addressed legislative and business audiences around the globe.
Following his work as an attorney in Washington, DC, for the past 13 years he served in executive leadership roles at Best Doctors, Inc., a Boston-based global health company that serves over 30 million people in every major region of the world. His work in so many different countries and cultures – from Latin America, Canada and Europe to Japan, Australia and all across the U.S. – has grown his view that settling for “safe,” piecemeal solutions to difficult problems too easily blocks people from the big, bold steps they’re capable of taking.
By helping in strategic efforts to put “big, bold steps” to work, Best Doctors was named in 2012 and 2011 to Inc. magazine’s list of “Fastest-Growing Companies in America,” has created hundreds of jobs in Massachusetts, and has made a tremendous – often life-saving – impact on so many lives the company serves.
Evan is a Phi Beta Kappa alumnus of Lehigh University, and earned his Juris Doctorate from the University of Pennsylvania Law School in 1994. An avid Red Sox fan, he credits the team with permanently changing his life on October 27, 2004.
Evan serves on the Board of Directors of the National Coalition of Health Care. He has served as a Corporate Fellow with the National Governors Association, and has played active Board and advisory roles with the American Benefits Council, the National Coalition on Health Care, NEHI, the Associated Industries of Massachusetts Health Care Committee, the National Business Group on Health, and Vistage.