The Workers Party of Massachusetts has confirmed that it will appear on the November ballot, bringing the number of third-party candidates contesting statewide office in Massachusetts to seven.
Nick Giannone verified with Independent Political Report that he has turned in enough signatures to appear on the ballot in his bid for Auditor. In addition, two legislative candidates openly associated with the Workers Party of Massachusetts will also join him in November. Laura Saylor is running for state senate in the Bristol and Norfolk district, and Brandon James Griffin is running for state representative in the Seventh Plymouth district.
Even though Massachusetts recognizes the Workers Party as a political designation, Giannone and his supporters still needed to collect a minimum of 5,000 signatures to qualify—the same as candidates running with the Democratic and Republican Parties. Giannone is now one of five candidates in a highly contentious race for Auditor. In addition to the two major parties, he is joined by fellow third-party candidates Libertarian Daniel Riek and Green-Rainbow Gloria Caballero-Roca.
On the legislative side, Saylor and Griffin are both running as the sole opposition to their incumbent opponents. Laura Saylor is challenging incumbent Democratic Sen. Paul Feeney, and Brandon James Griffin is challenging incumbent Republican Rep. Alyson Sullivan.
Organized in early 2020, the Workers Party is an independent electoral socialist party not openly associated with any specific broader organization. Specific goals listed in the Workers Party Program include establishing working class political power, overthrowing the “capitalist system of exploitation,” and building a socialist economy that “prioritizes the needs of people and the planet over the profit-driven interests of capital.” In addition to being a candidate, Nick Giannone is the official contact person on the Massachusetts Directory of Political Parties and Designations.
While they both share the name of the Workers Party, it’s important to note that this is not related to the same organization as the Workers Party that merged into the Socialist Party in the 20th century.
The Workers Party joins the Libertarian Association of Massachusetts and the Green-Rainbow Party in a race for three percent of the statewide vote. Major party status in Massachusetts is only achievable by either enrolling one percent of the electorate under a specific designation or polling three percent of the vote in a statewide or federal election. For all three parties, an inability to reach three percent of the vote means enrolling close to 50,000 Massachusetts voters based on recent enrollment statistics.
The Massachusetts general election is on November 8, 2022. The inaugural state convention of the Workers Party of Massachusetts will convene in early 2023, per Article VI of the Party Constitution.
This article is a follow-up response to “Mass. Voters Will See Green-Rainbow, Libertarian Candidates on November Ballot,” originally posted on 9/1/2022.