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Independent Action: Krist Leaves Some Speechless

Welcome to one of our weekly posts, Independent Action, where we let you know the important moves independent candidates and organizations made over the past week. This week we will be discussing Maryland’s Neal Simon, Nebraska State Senator Bob Krist, and Colorado’s Nick Thomas.


Neal Simon of Maryland was relatively quiet this past week, following a very busy week of announcing his candidacy for US Senate. We sat down with Neal this past Friday to speak about his announcement, discuss what he plans to change in Washington, and what the state of Maryland means to him. We will be releasing the interview at some point over the next two weeks, so stay tuned in. While you wait for the release, check out his official campaign site here.



State Senator Bob Krist, a gubernatorial candidate for Nebraska, made an announcement that left some shook.

“Yesterday, I registered with the Douglas County Election Commission as a member of the Democratic Party. And today, filed to run in the May Primary Election for Governor with the Nebraska Secretary of State. Should they choose to do so, I would be pleased to accept the nomination to become their candidate to take on Pete Ricketts this November.” 1

This somewhat puts his recent legislation battle to the side, for now. Off the back of this announcement, Krist released his first campaign video.

We plan to sit down with Senator Krist again to discuss this decision and his plans moving forward. 



Nick Thomas, running for Colorado’s 2nd Congressional District, hit the ground running this past week with an interview with James Piltch of Smerconish. In the interview, Thomas discussed his travel background and how it’s helped him gain perspective in many areas, his belief of “leadership from the middle”, and much more. To read the full (and quite fun) interview, click here.

To visit Thomas’ campaign page, click here.



Craig O’Dear, a Missouri attorney, officially announced his candidacy for US Senate this past week on his Facebook. Following the tragic event in Florida, O’Dear stated, “On this tough day for our nation, I am more resolved than ever to chart a new way forward.”

To visit O’Dear’s campaign page, click here.



Ones to Watch For:
Steve Peterson, running as a common-sense Independent candidate for State Senate District 30.

Terry Hayes, running for Governor of Maine as an Independent.

Marc Koller, Independent candidate for Congress in Oregon’s 3rd district.


To be included in future weekly updates, please email your campaign news to freewheelus@gmail.com. 

Make sure to check out our recap from this past week to stay up-to-date on everything you need to know.


1 – Krist Press Release, 16 Feb 2018



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