Independent candidate for Massachusetts governor Evan Falchuk has collected enough signatures to make it onto the November ballot.
Falchuk isn’t just running for governor, he’s also trying to establish a new political party. To do that, he’ll need three percent of the vote in November.
He’s calling it the United Independent Party. He thinks the new party will appeal to the more than 50 percent of unregistered voters in the state.
“You see 60 percent of representatives in the House are running unopposed and a similar percentage in the Senate are running unopposed," Falchuk said. "There is a great need for new, smart, independent people to get involved in our politics.”
Falchuk’s campaign talking points include how hospital consolidation drives up health care costs and the need for a graduated income tax.
He has contributed more than $500,000 of his own money to his campaign, and says he’s committed to spending up to $2 million.
Falchuk is political newcomer. He is a former executive of Best Doctors Inc., a company offering second opinions on medical cases. He resigned to run for office.
The other candidates running for governor are Charlie Baker and Mark Fisher on the Republican side, Steve Grossman, Martha Coakley and Don Berwick on the Democratic side, and independent Jeff McCormick.