Oregon Public Broadcasting

The nominating process opened Monday for the Independent Party of Oregon. The party will hold its Primary Election June 19 to July 17. During that period, registered members of the party will be able to obtain an official ballot at the Independent Party website.

Sal Peralta is the Secretary of the Independent Party of Oregon. "We are optimistic over time that we will be able to continue to build a coalition of legislatures who will work in service of the public interest and address the issues that our members care about."

Candidates interested in competing in the Independent Party 2012 Primary Election must complete their applications by June 1 for early review or June 14 for final review.

The Independent Party is the state's third-largest political party with 75,000 registered voters. In 2010, the 60 Independent Party nominees included the eventual winner in the race for Governor, John Kitzhaber.

This story originally appeared on Oregon Public Broadcasting.

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