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“'I think on even our country’s most difficult issues there’s a lot of common ground,' Neal Simon, an independent candidate for U.S. Senate in Maryland said in an interview. 'I think most of America feels that way and they’re desperate for leaders to compromise and bring the country together.'"
"Ten years ago, few Americans would imagine renting a room in a stranger’s home or hailing a cab with their phone. Ten years from now, electing leaders who run and serve in office independently of a political party may be just as commonplace. Innovation can bring greater choice, customization, and competition into the political marketplace, just as it has in every other aspect of our lives."
"A group of political independents that includes Alaska Gov. Bill Walker has endorsed a candidate for the Washington state Legislature, part of a plan to mount a national challenge to the two-party system at this year’s midterm elections.
Unite America, formerly known as the Centrist Project, said it has raised $3 million to help re-elect Walker and fund gubernatorial candidates in Maine and Kansas, Senate candidates in Missouri and Maryland, in addition to state legislative hopefuls in Colorado and Washington."
"Unite America Founder Charles Wheelan said independents are the fastest-growing group of voters nationally and independent candidates should no longer be seen as spoilers. 'When you’re the largest voter bloc, you shouldn’t have to justify why you’re in the race,' he said."
“Successful third-party candidates are few and far between in the U.S., in part because they tend to lack the national donor networks and on-the-ground infrastructure utilized by the nation’s two main political parties. But what if more money and outside energy were tossed behind an effort to get political independents unbeholden to a party elected? By throwing its weight behind more centrist politicians, Unite America is attempting to do this, partly by tapping the resources of its deep-pocketed donors.”
"Unite America, the group backing and supporting independent statewide candidates attempting to capitalize on the current post-partisan political moment, will officially announce its slate of three governor candidates and two Senate candidates on Tuesday."
"The group and its candidates argue that the current state of extreme partisan politics in America, something that most Americans say they are dissatisfied with, creates an opportunity for them to move the needle forward."
“The alarmingly effective attacks on our democracy that exploit our divisions should serve as a clarion call for Democrats, Republicans and independents to join together in a common cause to re-unite America. In 2018, electing independent leaders who can bridge the growing partisan divide and put country over party is a good place to start."
“Troiano argues there is a path for independents. ‘If you vote a Democrat or a Republican you know what you’re getting, which is the status quo,’ he said. ‘The biggest way to make a difference and the best way to send a message is to tell the parties they’re not entitled to our votes, they have to earn them.’”