With the rules for November’s special U.S. Senate election now laid down by Federal Judge John Grady, it is clear that Green candidate LeAlan Jones is going to be the big winner.
It’s not that he’s going to be elected.
It’s that all sorts of people will be fed up with the two power party candidates by election day.
They will probably gravitate to those two for the six-year term.
But, for the six-week term.?
That could be another matter.
Four years ago, Green Party gubernatorial candidate won about 10% of the vote.
That is significant because it gave the Green Party power party status. State law uses the words “established party.”
That designation means people affiliated with such a party need to get many, many fewer signatures to get on the ballot that non-established party candidates and independents.
My prediction is that LeAlan Jones will receive more than the 5 percentage points needed to continue the “established party” status.
That means those who want to run for local partisan office and are willing to call themselves “Greens” can easily get on the ballot.
For example, this year in county board District 5, the Green Party needed .5% of 711 votes or 4 signatures. That was enough to put Frank Wedig on the ballot, but I imagine he got more.