In response to the Globe’s July 21 editorial “With unopposed races, Mass. shortchanges democracy,” you’re correct in lamenting the staggeringly high percentage of Massachusetts legislative races this year that will have no opposition.
Your big missing piece, however, is that we cannot rely solely on only two options of Democrats and Republicans if we expect to ever have more candidates from which to choose.
The way to achieve greater inclusion in our politics cannot be limited, as you suggest, to the two parties getting activist groups to “urge their members to start running in primaries” or getting “local party committees [to] sponsor debates.”
If we hope to truly broaden our choices of new candidates for the long term, a pragmatic, new third party is needed.
According to DAPA Research Inc., 58 percent of registered voters “believe Massachusetts should have a third official independent party committed to fiscal sanity and social freedoms.”
Just as in the case of the 53 percent of Massachusetts registered voters who choose to be “unenrolleds,” or not tied to Democrats or Republicans, this is the voice of the majority.
Until voters have another party option outside of current political establishment circles, we can only expect our “cradle of American democracy” to wither more with every upcoming election cycle.
The writer is a candidate for governor and the founder of the United Independent Party.