Aug. 01–The November ballot just got more crowded in Pennsylvania.
On Tuesday, the Pennsylvania Department of State’s election office approved nominating petitions for six Green Party candidates running for U.S. senator, governor, lieutenant governor and three legislative contests.
Neal Gale, 66, of Abington, Montgomery County, is the party’s candidate for U.S. Senate. He will face Democratic incumbent Bob Casey, Republican Lou Barletta and Libertarian Dale Kerns.
Paul Glover, 71, of Philadelphia is the Green Party’s gubernatorial candidate. He will will face Democratic incumbent Tom Wolf, GOP candidate Scott Wagner and Libertarian Ken Krawchuk.
Jocolyn Bowser-Bostick, 57, of Chester, Delaware County, is on the ballot for lieutenant governor. She will appear on the Green Party’s ballot with Glover.
In Pennsylvania, the parties’ candidates for governor and lieutenant governor run on the same ticket in the general election.
Wolf’s running mate is John Fetterman and Wagner’s is Jeff Bartos.
Green Party candidates also got on the ballot for the state Senate’s 20th district and the state House’s 10th and 23rd districts.
Pennsylvania historically has made it hard for third-party candidates to get on the ballot. In 2014, Pennsylvania law required third-parties to gather 21,774 signatures. That number of signatures was lowered to 5,000 in 2016 to settle a federal lawsuit.
Still, the Green and Libertarian parties’ candidates stand little to no chance in the Nov. 6 election for any office.
Outcomes do not matter, said Jenny Isaacs, of Doylestown, who led the the Green Party’s signature drive. What matters, she said, is the democratic process.
“Most importantly, it is to maintain the vision voters need to have a choice and a range of options on the ballot,” Isaacs said. “Until we have ranked-choice voting, it’s going to be hard for those people to gain political power.”
This article provided by NewsEdge.