Third-party candidates rush to secure spots on Pa. gubernatorial ballot

 Third-party candidates in Pennsylvania have until Friday to collect 16,638 signatures by registered voters to enter the race. (<a href=Photo via ShutterStock) " title="shutterstock_167069051" width="640" height="360"/>

Third-party candidates in Pennsylvania have until Friday to collect 16,638 signatures by registered voters to enter the race. (Photo via ShutterStock)

The race for Pennsylvania governor might not be as clean-cut as Tom Corbett and Tom Wolf had hoped.

 

This week, several third-party candidates are rushing to collect the necessary signatures to get on the ballot in the Pennsylvania gubernatorial election this fall.

Political activist and longtime organizer Paul Glover, who is running as the Green Party candidate, said he is close to having all the signatures he needs.

“It has been very easy to get signatures,” he said. “So many people are fed up with the major parties and the slender differences between them.”

Glover wants to end “fracking,” decriminalize marijuana, and create more of what he calls “green jobs.” Running for governor as an independent candidate was a good opportunity to influence a public debate dominated by Republicans and Democrats, he said.

“Third parties throughout the nation’s history have always been the first parties to raise new ideas like ending slavery, votes for women, the eight-hour workday, Social Security,” Glover said.

Another potential contender is IT consultant Ken Krawchuk, who is making his third gubernatorial bid with the Libertarian Party.

But the gubernatorial hopefuls have a steep road to climb. They have until Friday to collect 16,638 signatures by registered voters to enter the race. Amid campaigning this week, Glover will also be in federal court challenging that rule.

“The major parties employ high-priced lawyers to strike as many signatures as they can,” he said. “Our court challenge this week will challenge the arbitrariness, historically and currently, of such challenges.”

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