Maine Republican Legislator Becomes an Independent

Ballot Access News

On July 22, Maine Representative Larry Dunphy announced that he has left the Republican Party and is now an independent. Maine has registration by party. Dunphy has an op-ed in the Bangor Daily News condemning the way the Republican and Democratic Parties expect their Maine state legislators to follow the wishes of party leaders. The op-ed is co-signed by Brian Jones, a former Democratic member of the legislature who was defeated for re-election after one term.

This is the seventh time this year that a state legislative seat has switched from being held by a Democrat or a Republican, to being held by an independent or minor party nominee. Dunphy will not run for re-election in 2016. Here is a news story about his switch. Thanks to Thomas MacMillan for the links.

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