Activist denied place on ballot for Senate
Jerome Segal, a philosopher and progressive activist, will not be on the ballot for a U.S. Senate seat in November.
After unsuccessfully challenging Sen. Benjamin L. Cardin in Maryland’s Democratic primary, Segal was fighting in court to have his name placed on the ballot with the socialist “Bread and Roses” party.
A lower-court judge had ruled that placing Segal’s name on the ballot violates the state’s “sore loser” statute, which bars a candidate “defeated for the nomination for a public office” from “appear[ing] on the ballot at the next succeeding general election as a candidate for any office.”
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit affirmed that ruling Thursday.
Segal backs a “Medicare-forall” health-care system, free higher education in all public colleges and de-escalating conflict with North Korea and Iran. He said he would not stop reaching out to voters who dislike the traditional two-party system.
— Rachel Chason