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.

Mark is the Capitol Bureau Chief and a co-founder of CT Mirror. He is a frequent contributor to WNPR, a former state politics writer for The Hartford Courant and Journal Inquirer, and contributor for The New York Times.

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