Five Candidates Make Mass. Race For Governor Most Crowded Since ’02

It’ll be a crowded ballot in November for voters picking among candidates for Massachusetts governor.

In a couple weeks, primary election voters will pick Democratic and Republican nominees for governor. Those names will join three independent candidates in November who collected the required 10,000 certified signatures of registered voters.

Evan Falchuk, a former executive with the company Best Doctors, is running under the mantle of a party he’s trying to create: the United Independent Party. Also running is Jeff McCormick, founder of a Boston venture capital firm. Rounding out the ballot is Scott Lively of Springfield, a pastor known for his anti-gay activism.

A spokesperson for the secretary of the commonwealth says Falchuk and Lively are all set, but McCormick still must turn in paperwork by Tuesday showing he filed a statement of financial interests with the state ethics commission. His campaign says he plans to do tha t Monday.

The race for Massachusetts governor hasn’t been this crowded since 2002. That’s when Mitt Romney won in a field of five candidates.

Correction: Falchuk’s campaign says he is no longer an executive at Best Doctors.