Restoring Our DemocracyAmericans’ faith in their government is the lowest it’s been in generations. Cynical gamesmanship by politicians in both parties has bred cynicism among voters.
Americans’ faith in their government is the lowest it’s been in generations. Cynical gamesmanship by politicians in both parties has bred cynicism among voters. We need leadership that looks beyond the next election cycle and stands on deeply held principle, not whatever sound bites will win support from special interests. And we need to change the system to one that rewards this kind of leadership, instead of one that rewards obstructionists and demagogues.
This means making our electoral system more representative, for example by ending the perverse practice of partisan gerrymandering. Gerrymandered districts eliminate competitiveness by all but guaranteeing that the party candidate will win, leaving a majority of voters in our state without a real say in who represents them. Gerrymandering also pushes the parties to the extremes as the most partisan candidates tend to win their primaries, which is the only election that really matters in a gerrymandered district. For this reason, I strongly support the efforts of Fair Districts Colorado to place the Colorado redistricting process under the authority of a balanced and independent commission.
It also means reforming the way campaigns are financed. Deep pocketed special interest should not enjoy special privileges with our elected officials. Even the appearance of such influence has the effect of undermining confidence in our representative government. For this reason, in the spirit of transparency, I offer here a complete list of my campaign donors. I encourage my opponents in this race to do the same.
Finally, our first-past-the-post voting system is seriously out of date and often forces voters to choose a candidate who is not their favorite in order to block another candidate they least want to win. Forcing voters to pick between the lesser of two evils is contrary to the spirit of our democracy. Voters preferences should be accounted for by way of a smarter voting system, such as ranked choice voting. The only unique advantage our current system has over ranked choice voting is a partisan advantage - it keeps the two major parties entrenched in power by frustrating people's preferences for independent or third party candidates.