C. Mark Greene, chairman of a fledgling political party called the Party of Commons, has filed campaign finance paperwork to challenge Secretary of State Sam Reed.
"No automatic coronation for Sam," he writes on his blog.
A perennial federal candidate, Greene was planning to run for Congress for a sixth time, but apparently was $500 short for the filing fee this year.
"It's no coincidence that Mark's campaign financial wherewithal to file for Secretary of STate as opposed to Congress is an approximate difference of $500," he wrote. He said no incumbent should be unopposed in an election.
"A bold and dynamic new national party has taken hold," state's the party's website, which spells out a platform of "economically progressive, culturally traditional, non-interventionist" planks. Among them: trade protectionism, mandatory labeling of genetically-modified food.
On his campaign site, Greene said he's relying on a "word-of-mouth campaign strategy."