Green Party Candidate Wins Non-Partisan Election in Massachusetts

(The following was originally published by Richard Winger on Ballot Access News.)

On May 13, Damon Jespersen, a registered member of the Green Party, was elected Selectman of Newbury, Massachusetts. He placed first, and ousted an incumbent. Even though the Green Party is not now ballot-qualified in Massachusetts, election officials keep track of registrants in certain unqualified parties that have asked for registration rights. The Massachusetts Green Party expects to regain its qualified status in November 2014, because it is running for three statewide partisan offices, and expects to poll at least 3% for at least one of them, if not all three offices. The three offices are Secretary of State, Auditor, and Treasurer. Minor parties always poll 3% for these offices in Massachusetts.

2 thoughts on “Green Party Candidate Wins Non-Partisan Election in Massachusetts

  1. George Phillies

    “Even though the Green Party is not now ballot-qualified in Massachusetts, election officials keep track of registrants in certain unqualified parties that have asked for registration rights. ”

    The Green-Rainbow and Green Parties are both qualified as “Political Designations” (what the rest of the world calls ‘minor parties’) , done by submitting a petition. If you move to Massachusetts, you can register with them, your registrations will be counted, and if you run for office the name will appear on the ballot.

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