WASHINGTON EXAMINER: In Denver, independents meet to unite the politically homeless

By Salena Zito, Washington Examiner 

When Nick Troiano quit his job at a nonprofit group in D.C. to run for Congress in 2014, people thought he had lost his mind — not because he was then 24 years old, but because he was running as an independent against a Republican incumbent who had a half a million dollars in the bank and was well liked in his Northeast Pennsylvania district.

Troiano was also facing the headwinds of history and bureaucracy working against him; no independent candidate had ever even made the ballot in his district. He had to gather 2 1/2 times as many signatures as either the Democratic or Republican candidates just to qualify.

He made the ballot, ran, and received a respectable 13 percent share.