Libertarian Gary Johnson qualifies for Maine’s presidential ballot

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Gary Johnson, Libertarian presidential candidate

Gary Johnson, the national Libertarian Party nominee for president, has turned in enough signatures to qualify for Maine’s presidential ballot.

Volunteers for Johnson, who served as the Republican governor of New Mexico from 1995 to 2003, submitted the petitions to qualify him on Friday. Johnson needed between 4,000 and 6,000 signatures; his supporters turned in 4,355, according to the Secretary of State’s office.

Johnson is the first — and likely the only — non-party presidential candidate to turn in the needed petitions to qualify for the November ballot in Maine. Other campaigns have until 5 p.m. on Aug. 15.

Johnson started his campaign last year as a Republican, but switched to the Libertarian Party after he was excluded from debates. While he’s a part of the Libertarian Party, Johnson will appear as a non-party candidate in Maine, where only the Democrats, Republicans and Green-Independents are official parties.

Johnson prides himself on fiscal conservatism, issuing more than 750 vetoes during his tenure as governor. He’s also a fitness buff, having scaled Mt. Everest, participated in the invitation-only Iron Man Triathlon Championship in Hawaii, and run the 25-mile Bataan Memorial Death March in New Mexico, in which participants run in the desert in combat boots while wearing 35-pound packs.

His endorsements include former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura, who endorsed Angus King in Maine’s Senate race in June.