I am often asked why I am running as an Independent candidate for governor. Some are concerned that without the political machinery and big money backing of the major parties, a candidate doesn’t have a chance. Looking back, this argument would seem to have merit. I’m here to argue that now is the time for the right independent candidate to defy history, and the odds, because so many of us have had enough of politicians who are not doing the work of the people.
The major political parties have disqualified themselves from our trust and our support. Their focus is on maintaining and increasing power rather than governing. We have seen cycle after cycle, despite their claim to differing governing philosophies, it doesn’t really matter which party is in power. As you become familiar with who I am and how I will govern, I am confident you will understand why I cannot affiliate myself with a political party. The corruption of our political system is one of the biggest issues we face. John Adams warned early in the formation of our republic, “When the legislature is corrupted, the people are undone.”
It’s understandable if you feel uneasy about casting your vote for an independent candidate. As you get to know me, if you find you feel good about the person I am, the values I hold, and the leadership skills I bring to the governorship, I hope you will decide to support getting back to the fundamentals that made our country the greatest in the world.
According to the Pew Research Center, nearly 40% of Americans identify themselves as Independents. I believe many of us have rejected party membership because of their abysmal failure to produce for us. We have the great privilege and power of self-determination in this country. Our votes, in the end, will determine who leads. It’s in our hands.