More than ever, America is searching for answers outside of the current political establishment, special interests and self-serving politicians to repair the growing partisan divide that threatens our democratic institutions and future prosperity.
I recently returned from Colorado where I attended the first-ever Unite Summit, a national gathering of independents convened by Unite America. This event brought together individuals from across the political spectrum who agree that the current two-party paradigm is failing our country.
At the summit, we heard from leaders of the movement as well as independent candidates running in 2018, including two for U.S. Senate and one gubernatorial candidate. I, along with other Virginians, discussed plans to bring Unite America’s model to Virginia legislative races in 2019. Our commonwealth provides the perfect scenario for common-sense independents to get elected to office, increase competition in otherwise uncontested races and improve governance.
Unite America offers resources, tools and a support network to independent candidates usually reserved for major party nominees and does not require candidates to follow a rigid party platform in return. We plan to recruit, train and support competitive, independent candidates in strategically targeted districts in Virginia that will put “country over party.”
With our national institutions increasingly unable to deliver comprehensive solutions to many pressing issues such as immigration, climate change, health care and trillion dollar annual deficits, the urgency for action is compelling.