Jonathan Pelto, a former Democratic state legislator who is exploring a run for governor as a petitioning candidate, named Ebony Murphy on Thursday as his running mate.
In Murphy, Pelto has found a fellow critic of the education-reform movement schools. A teacher, she wrote a critical first-person article article last fall about her experience at Capital Prepatory Magnet School. She also was featured on a WNPR show about education reform.
Pelto needs to collect 7,500 signatures by Aug. 6 to qualify for the November ballot. He says he will go ahead with his campaign only if he deems it feasible to be elected as a third-party candidate.