Reasons why you may want to vote for an Independent;

•   As an Independent, I am not bound by party politics

•   As an Independent, I am not beholden to special interests

•   Only with Independent voices will we be able to break the current gridlock.

Whichever party affiliation you have, are you concerned that a vote for an independent is a wasted vote?

Not in Washington, where we have an open primary.

What is an Open Primary?

An open primary is set up so that all candidates for the office are listed on the same primary ballot.  Candidates will list their party preference, but voters will have the choice to vote for any of the candidates. The top two vote-getters, regardless of their party affiliations, advance to the general election.  There could end up being two Democrats, two Republicans, a Democrat and an Independent, a Republican and an Independent, or two Independents as the final choices in the general election. 

The Primary is very important.  In the upcoming congressional race, voters may have as many as ten candidates from which to choose.  When the general election in November comes around, the race will be down to two.   If you don’t vote in the Primary you are giving up your right to put forward candidates that best represent you.  

There are several scenarios that can come into play when an Independent candidate is on the ballot:

Scenario 1

I like the Independent candidate the most, but I’m afraid that a vote for the Independent will be a wasted vote.

In an open primary, the top two vote-getters move on to the general election. If the Independent is your choice, it doesn’t matter which party wins the other spot since you will still be able to vote for your first choice in the general election.

Scenario 2

Your priority may be ensuring that the party which you oppose doesn’t win. As long as you are comfortable with the Independent choice, you will still have the opportunity to vote for the Independent or the candidate of your own party in the general election, depending on which one wins the primary.

Scenario 3

You may like both the Independent and your own party’s candidate. While this may make your decision more difficult, it is important to remember that even the best Republican or Democratic Representative will be unable to make any real progress on issues of importance due to the partisan divide. 

All of these scenarios require you to do your due diligence and vote in the Primary Election.

  • I will be listed on the primary ballot as an Independent.
  • I hope you will follow our campaign and if so compelled will cast your vote for me in the 2018 U.S. House of Representatives race for WA District #8 on Tuesday, August 7, 2018, and again in the general election on Tuesday, November 6, 2018.