AK Gov. Bill Walker, Elected Independents Make Case for A New Way

Washington – Against the backdrop of dysfunctional government, widespread economic uncertainty, and a general failure of the two-party system to solve many of the nation’s most pressing challenges, a crop of Independent elected officeholders today came together to make the case that independent candidates for public office can get elected and bridge the political divide between Republicans and Democrats.

“The two major parties don’t agree on much except to make it very difficult for anyone else to compete, yet it’s becoming increasingly clear that a growing number of Americans are ready to embrace a new way. There is something happening out there,” said Nick Troiano, executive director of The Centrist Project, at an event held this morning at the National Press Club. “We believe a new pathway will emerge, and we are committed to building the electoral infrastructure to help independent candidates win election.”

The event was headlined by Alaska Governor Bill Walker, one of the country’s highest-profile elected leaders not affiliated with either major political party. 

“It’s easier to make hard decisions as an independent,” said Walker, who came into office facing a historic fiscal crisis brought on by a sharp drop in oil prices that resulted in an 80% reduction in state revenue. “Independents are looked upon as problem solvers. That is what’s causing this change in Alaska."

Two independent state Representatives helped flip control of the Alaska state house for the first time in decades from the GOP to a new bipartisan governing majority, which has been instrumental in putting forward balanced and bipartisan proposals to address the state’s budget deficits. 

“Without a party, I was forced to go door-to-door and have conversations with all my neighbors, regardless of party affiliation,” said state Representative Jason Grenn, a participant in today’s event. “When you not supported

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