Ac­tivist de­nied place on bal­lot for Se­nate

The Washington Post - - RELIGION -

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

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