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 Greg Orman of Kansas.
Update: Since this post was released, State Senator Bob Krist of Nebraska has formed a partnership with the Nebraska Democratic Party. More to come from this announcement.
Neal Simon officially did it, folks! The Maryland businessman entered the race of US Senate this past week, and guess what? Simon is one strong, well-grounded candidate.
This past week was huge for both Simon and the Centrist Project, as they have both made significant strides in changing the landscape of American politics. Simon “is targeting the Senate on the idea that a handful of like-minded independents in the narrowly divided chamber could change the direction of the entire government.” 1
I want to go to the United States Senate for three reasons… I want to help people get ahead… I want to bring the country together… I want to change the way Washington works. #simon4senate #peopleoverpolitics
— Neal Simon for U.S. Senate (@nealjsimon) February 6, 2018
Free Wheel Media will be doing an interview with Neal Simon next week. Stay tuned for what he has to say! Also, check out his official campaign site here.
State Senator Bob Krist, gubernatorial candidate for Nebraska, continues fighting the most important battle an Independent candidate faces by “proposing a vote of the people on a proposed constitutional amendment that prohibits the Legislature from making congressional or legislative redistricting decisions that intentionally favor or disfavor an incumbent or a political party or intentionally diminishes or denies equal representation for racial or language minorities.” 2
Krist’s proposal requires 30 votes in the 49-member Legislature to reach the general election ballot for voter consideration.
Update: Yesterday, February 13, State Senator Bob Krist announced his partnership with the Nebraska Democratic Party. We will keep you up to date on whether or not his fight continues against the aforementioned issue.
Greg Orman made some more headlines this week, but his real focus was reaching out to the voters of Kansas. Orman’s campaign team continued to heavily boost the 8 Reasons to Support Greg Orman for Governor on social media platforms, but overall Orman’s camp was relatively quiet throughout the week.
Side note: Orman may have some competition, but not the competition you’d expect…
If your heart is set on making Kansas independent, support his campaign here.
Ones to Watch For:
Nick Thomas, running for Colorado’s 2nd Congressional District.
Terry Hayes, running for Governor of Maine as an Independent.
Marc Koller, Independent candidate for Congress in Oregon’s 3rd district.
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Make sure to check out our recap from this past week to stay up-to-date on everything you need to know.
1 – http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/maryland/politics/bs-md-neal-simon-ben-cardin-20180205-story.html
2 – http://journalstar.com/news/state-and-regional/govt-and-politics/don-walton-it-s-time-for-watchfulness-in-the-citizen/article_4f69fe5e-7bbf-5edd-ba95-ba7924a84033.html