Why An Independent
Our government is no longer working for the people, and the people have taken notice. In Denver, just like in Washington, political power is controlled by two parties who are deeply indebted to partisan special interest groups and who care more about winning the next election than about securing the long term prosperity and security of our state.
The two parties have fostered a system that rewards obstruction and ideological grandstanding instead of thoughtful, principled collaboration. The result is gridlock and dysfunction. Meanwhile our state faces pressing issues that are only getting worse as they’re neglected amid the political point scoring.
Unsurprisingly, people across our state and across the country are fed up with two party rule. Poll after poll reveals voters who have had it with the two parties and would be excited to vote for an independent candidate. The time is ripe for an independent movement that restores people’s trust in government by working for the people, dismantling the broken system that rewards divisive tribalism and special interests.
If you’re fed up with the partisanship and dysfunction, if you want a representative in the state house who will thoughtfully and single-mindedly represent the interests of the people of Broomfield, Superior and western Erie, not those of party bosses or special interests, you cannot vote for yet another Republican or yet another Democrat. Even the best intentioned representative from either party cannot operate with the independence our community deserves. Instead vote for me, and together we can make our government work for the people again.
As an Independent, I have joined other Independents across the state that are supported by Unite Colorado by signing a Declaration of Independence. This Declaration is a statement of my values and promise to my constituents.
A Declaration of Independents
As growing partisanship threatens to deepen the divides in our state, we join together as political independents to declare five common principles that we believe can unite a new movement to repair our politics and restore the American dream for future generations.
First, we put the public interest ahead of any partisan or special interest.
- Government should represent “We, the people” –– not the party bosses or those who can buy access to power. As independents, we believe good governance is about rising above petty partisanship and putting the people first.
Second, we use common sense and find common ground to solve problems.
- We reject today’s zero sum politics and desire to work together with Democrats and Republicans in an inclusive and civil manner to get things done. As independents, we think for ourselves, understand different perspectives, follow the facts, identify root causes, offer new ideas, and make logical decisions.
Third, we stand for the timeless values of opportunity, equality, and stewardship.
We want to empower every Coloradan to realize their full potential, uphold equal rights for all under the law, and ultimately leave a stronger country for the next generation. As independents, we believe in both fiscal and environmental responsibility.
- We want to empower every Coloradan to realize their full potential, uphold equal rights for all under the law, and ultimately leave a stronger country for the next generation. As independents, we believe in both fiscal and environmental responsibility.
Fourth, we champion integrity, transparency, and accountability in politics.
- We seek to rebuild Coloradans’ trust in government by holding ourselves to the highest standards of honor and honesty and by fixing the broken incentives that contribute to political dysfunction. As independents, we support reforms to ensure our political process truly represents the people –– including the way we draw district lines, fund campaigns, and run elections.
Fifth, we believe in the shared responsibility of civic engagement.
- As Americans, we understand it is our civic duty to be informed and engaged on important issues. As independents, we encourage increased citizen participation in our political process and in service to our country.