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Forward Party Adds New Board Member, Elected Mayoral Affiliate

The Forward Party announced earlier this summer that it had recruited another sitting mayor to join its organization as a formal affiliate and the first one to do so in Colorado. Additionally, the party welcomed a former Lieutenant Governor of Massachusetts to its Board of Directors.

In older news not initially picked up on by Independent Political Report, Fort Collins Mayor Jeni Arndt became the first Colorado sitting mayor to affiliate with the Forward Party. In a press release issued by the party organization, Arndt joined the organization as a “Forward Democrat,” the term for affiliates who retain their membership in the Democratic Party. She joins others, including Newberry, Florida Mayor Jordan Marlowe, who left the Libertarian Party early this spring to join the Forward Party.

Before being elected Fort Collins Mayor, Arndt served four terms in the state legislature and was narrowly passed over for an appointment to the Colorado State Senate in 2018.

“Coloradans are looking for something new, with nearly half of the state registered as unaffiliated and the Forward party is offering something different and appealing,” Forward Party co-chair Andrew Yang is quoted as saying at the time alongside former Republican New Jersey Governor Christie Todd Whitman.

The Forward Party regards “Forward Affiliates” as elected representatives who maintain ties with their original political parties while openly aligning themselves with Forward and committing to upholding the organization’s value-driven agenda. Forward Affiliates who remain involved with the two largest political parties in the United States are frequently regarded as “Forward Democrats” and “Forward Republicans.”

Earlier this year, the Forward Party announced that four Pennsylvania state legislators, a pair of Democratic state senators and Republican state representatives, joined as Forward Affiliates with the goal of fighting alongside other Forward Party members for “shared-ground solutions to the largest problems facing their communities.” Around that same time, it also announced that four Arizona legislators had joined as the first Forward Democrats.

In addition to the announcement of Ardnt, Former Massachusetts Lt. Governor Kerry Healey has also joined the Forward Party Board of Directors. She formally joined the organization at the end of this past June, bringing a “history of fighting for bipartisan reforms and of entrepreneurship and innovation.” Healey also becomes the Board’s second Massachusetts member, joining John Kingston, who unsuccessfully ran for United States Senate in 2018.

“Nearly half of all Americans do not see their priorities reflected in the political agendas of the Republican or Democratic parties,” said Healey in a press release issued by the party. “Many, like me, are looking for respectful dialog and genuine collaboration leading to better lives and greater opportunities for all Americans. Today, I am proud to join forces with the founders of Forward to seek principled and positive alternative solutions to the great challenges facing Americans today.”

Healey was Lt. Governor under now-Utah Senator and former 2012 Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney, who previously lived in Massachusetts and served as its Governor for one term after winning a plurality in the 2002 gubernatorial election.

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