Tennessee’s Shelbyville Times-Gazette profiles Chris Brown, a Constitution Party member running for the 62nd District Tennessee House of Representatives seat in an election to be held on October 13. Because of difficult ballot access laws for minor parties, Brown will be listed on the ballot as an independent.
Brown said, “Third party candidates almost never get named on the ballot as a nominee of their particular party. Generally, third party candidates are forced to run as ‘independent’ candidates, preventing thousands of Tennesseans from rallying around their chosen parties’ nominees. Limiting ballot access to only two parties does a great disservice to Tennesseans. It discourages participation in the political process, limits potions, stifles debate on key issues, and preserves and expands the power of incumbents.”