Tell us about yourself: who you are, where you're from, etc.
What does being a "Centrist" mean to you, and why did you get involved?
A good example of Centrist's is the gang of eight. (Four Democratic and four Republican Senators who in 2013 collaborated to try to create an immigration bill. (The bill did not pass.)) Those Senators did not agree on many issues but put their differences aside to try to accomplish something.
I have voted and volunteered for Democrats and Republicans as I enjoy being involved. I think most voters were disappointed with the candidates the two major parties provided for President. I like talking and listening to voters as I've done canvassing.
What is a policy issue you are passionate about and why?
Economic growth. However, growing the economy is the result of so many things: regulations, leadership, business success, fiscal and monetary policy, and so many things beyond our control so it is not just one issue. I have a passion for immigration; that is mainly due to my father's and family's history.
Economic growth helps out with jobs, business opportunities, debt, tax collection, philanthropy and our Country's confidence. I like the book: "The 4% Solution: Unleashing the Economic Growth America Needs" edited by Brendan Miniter. Alas, this book sank along with Jeb Bush's hopes.
How do you think we can unite our country and fix our politics?
Leadership. I think some of the rules need to be changed.
Four examples are: Term Limits for Congress and the Supreme Court; Always reautherize anually being in a war; Replace the Primaries with voting for Delegates who would then vote for a Presidential candidate at their respective party's convention. (I know we do not have any control over this..); and finally find a way to make a third party candidates totally believable and electable while calling out and repealing the rules both parties created to prevent a third party election (Such as signature requirements to be on ballots and having the ability to be on the televised presidential debates..)
By changing the rules, you can have different outcomes. I think what is broken in politics is so many things go undecided; as a Country we are drifting.