WHAT DOES BEING A "CENTRIST" MEAN TO YOU, AND WHY DID YOU GET INVOLVED?
To me being a Centrist means being pragmatic and recognizing that deliberate, consensus driven-public policy development is important to create lasting, meaningful, and impactful public policy. It also recognizes that we can disagree without being disagreeable and that the role of government is not to be a reflection of politics but rather to engage in meaningful governance of the issues that threaten the health, safety, and welfare of our neighbors, families, and communities.
WHAT IS A POLICY ISSUE YOU ARE PASSIONATE ABOUT AND WHY?
I'm passionate about all public policy because every issue is interconnected and ultimately improved by good public policy. The deliberative, slow, and consensus driven nature of our political system is great for developing and implementing policies that make a huge difference. I believe that focusing on the policy solutions and not the politics of the issues makes us stronger. We are fortunate that the vast majority of public policy is developed in a bipartisan, deliberative way in city councils, statehouses, and even Congress everyday. Unfortunately our perception of this has been warped because the small percentage of controversial public policies or politics are given the largest amount of media coverage or discussion on social media or in the traditional media.
HOW DO YOU THINK WE CAN UNITE OUR COUNTRY AND FIX POLITICS?
Stop trying to boil everything down to 140 characters. It is critical that we as citizens start acting in the way we expect our elected leaders to act. The behavior of elected leaders is a direct reflection of the public they represent. In effect, we reap what we sew. We can only expect more of elected leaders if we change our own behaviors. We need to do the hard work of reigning in partisanship and gamesmanship if we want to see an improved body politic.
ANYTHING ELSE YOU'D LIKE TO ADD?
Thank you Centrist project. I've felt lost for years because while I have strong opinions on all issues, I'm often called a liberal by conservative friends and a conservative by liberal friends. I now know that makes me a centrist and I'm damn proud of it.