DENVER –– Unite America, a movement to challenge the nation’s dysfunctional two-party duopoly by electing independents to seize control of the balance of power in narrowly divided legislatures, today congratulates Dr. Ann Diamond, an endorsed independent candidate for state house in Washington (LD-12), on her “top-two” primary victory.
Initial returns from the mail-in ballots has Diamond in second with 29% of the vote, ahead of one Republican candidate at 9% and one Democrat candidate at 16%, and trailing the leading Republican candidate at 45%.
“Dr. Diamond’s primary victory is a win for our whole movement, as it demonstrates that voters are truly ready to support a new and viable alternative to both major political parties,” said Nick Troiano, Executive Director of Unite America. “This is a good sign for things to come in November, for all of our races nationally.”
Dr. Diamond is one of 24 independent candidates endorsed by Unite America. Working alongside its state partner, Washington Independents, the organization made independent expenditures through radio, digital, and mail to support Diamond and mobilized volunteers both within Washington and across the country to knock doors and make phone calls.
Washington has never elected an independent candidate to its state legislature in its history. The 98-member state house is currently divided between 50 Republicans and 48 Democrats.
“A very small number of independent members would be able to deny both political parties an outright majority and gain enormous leverage to break through the partisan gridlock –– that’s our ultimate goal,” said Chris Vance, co-chair of Washington Independents and former GOP state chair and state legislator.
Recent polling from the Unite America Institute found broad support for independent candidates in Washington, with 75% of voters saying they are open to the idea. The greatest appeal of independent candidates, with 77% agreement, was the notion that they can “represent all of the people, not just those from their party.”
Unite America is a citizens movement to bridge the growing partisan divide by electing common sense, independent candidates to office. For more information, please visit: www.UniteAmerica.org.