The United Independent Party has gained official status alongside Democrats and Republicans in Massachusetts.

Returns certified by the Secretary of State's office confirm that the party's candidate for governor in November, Evan Falchuk, won more than the 3 percent threshold for the United Independents to gain official recognition.

Falchuk said Monday his party already has been contacted by nearly 20 prospective candidates interested in running for office in 2016.

The United Independent Party describes itself as dedicated "to a greater diversity of progressive ideas combined with fiscally sane solutions."

Parties with official status can hold primaries and field candidates under their party banners.