Former business executive Evan Falchuk, one of the three independent candidates for governor, will appear on the November ballot, while the two other non-party candidates said they are collecting the signatures needed to qualify as a key deadline approaches.
Venture capital investor Jeffrey McCormick and Christian pastor Scott Lively have until July 29 to submit signatures to local election officials for certification. They then have to submit at least 10,000 certified signatures and other paperwork to the office of Secretary of State William F. Galvin by Aug. 26 to appear on the ballot.
A spokeswoman for Galvin said Falchuk had submitted 12,113 certified signatures and would be a choice for voters, along with his running-mate, lieutenant governor hopeful Angus Jennings, in the Nov. 4 general election.
Peter Wilson, a spokesman for McCormick said in an email the campaign has more than 13,000 signatures on hand and “will begin submitting to local clerks over the next few weeks.”
“In the meantime we will continue to collect until the July 29 deadline, as it is a great way to engage voters and talk about Jeff,” Wilson added.
Lively, best known for his anti-gay activity, said he is not sure if he is going to make the ballot and is behind in signature-collection efforts. He said he would run as a write-in if he didn’t make the cut.
“I don’t have any expectation of winning the governorship of Massachusetts, so I don’t know if it matters that much if I’m on the ballot,” he said in a telephone interview.
Along with the independent candidates, the winner of the Democratic and Republican primaries will contend to succeed Governor Deval Patrick.
The Democratic candidates are Attorney General Martha Coakley, Treasurer Steven Grossman and former Medicare and Medicaid chief Donald M. Berwick. The Republicans are former health insurance company executive Charlie Baker and businessman Mark R. Fisher.
Primary day is Sept. 9.