Third-Party Candidate’s Case to Get on 2018 Ballot Officially Closed

    The U.S. District Court for the state of Maryland formally dismissed on Thursday the case of a candidate attempting to get on the 2018 ballot.

    Jerome Segal had attempted to run in that General Election as a member of his Bread and Roses Party after an unsuccessful challenge to U.S. Sen. Benjamin L. Cardin in the Democratic primary.

    He wasn’t allowed on the ballot because of Maryland’s “sore loser” law that prevents defeated primary candidates from becoming general election candidates.

    But in January, the socialist-leaning Bread and Roses Party was granted official ballot status for the 2020 and 2022 elections by the Maryland State Board of Elections.

    Segal sought an injunction to appear on the 2018 ballot, but was unsuccessful. U.S. District Court Judge George J. Hazel formally ended the case Thursday after Segal did not respond to court orders inquiring whether the case should be dismissed as moot after the election.

    The Bread and Roses party is the brainchild of Segal, a retired University of Maryland lecturer and lifelong progressive activist who spent more than $1 million of his own money to challenge Cardin.

    The party name comes from a 1912 strike at textile mills in Lawrence, Mass., by workers, most of them immigrant women, who were protesting a cut in pay and the shortening of workweek for women.

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    Danielle E. Gaines
    Danielle Gaines most recently worked for Bethesda Beat covering Montgomery County. Previously, she spent six years at The Frederick News-Post as the paper’s principal government and politics reporter for half that time, covering courts and legal affairs before that. She also reported for the now-defunct The Gazette of Politics and Business in Maryland and previously worked as a county government and education reporter at the Merced Sun-Star in California’s Central Valley.