Category Archives: Independents

Utah Democrats Join Coalition Backing Evan McMullin’s Independent U.S. Senate Bid

The Utah Democratic Party officially decided not to nominate a candidate to challenge U.S. Senator Mike Lee.  Instead, the Democrats are joining with a coalition of independents (and the United Utah Party) to back Evan McMullin.

During Saturday’s at times chaotic convention at Cottonwood High School in the Salt Lake County suburb of Murray, a faction of delegates put forth a motion to opt against choosing Kael Weston as the party’s Democratic U.S.

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News & Notes: McMullin Wins United Utah Backing, NY Dems Forming New Party, Larry Sharpe Interview

UNITED UTAH BACKS MCMULLIN: Party members voted 46-3 in favor of endorsing McMullin, making this the first time the party, which was established in 2017, has endorsed a candidate who is not one of its members. The party was established by both Republicans and Democrats who thought their parties were moving too far from the center.… Read more ...

Nike Founder Donates a Million Dollars to Independent Candidate for Governor of Oregon

Nike co-founder Phil Knight has now kicked in a cool million bucks to help boost the independent gubernatorial bid of former Democratic state senator Betsy Johnson.

Johnson is banking millions to fuel her campaign and was already polling at 11% in January against a generic Republican and Democrat.

More from Oregon Public Broadcasting:

“Without the money and machinery from the two party system, I need all the help I can get to rescue Oregon,” the statement said.

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Andrew Halcro Seeks a Short Trip to D.C.

Andrew Halcro served two terms in the Alaska state house as a Republican from 1998 to 2002. In 2006 he waged a strong bid for governor as an independent, winning 9.5% of the vote in the general election.

Now, he’s mounting another bid for statewide office as an independent. Halcro has entered the special election to replace the late Don Young in Alaska’s at-large congressional district, but has decided against seeking a full term.… Read more ...

News & Notes: Cutler Arrest Fallout, Yang on Bill Maher, Libertarian Wins 5% in Legislative Special Election

CUTLER FALLOUT: Eliot Cutler, a former two-time independent candidate for Maine governor, was arrested last month for possession of child pornography.

Numerous politicians have now publicly donated political contributions from Cutler to the Maine Coalition Against Sexual Assault. Maine Public Media recently recapped the story and the fallout, noting that the scandal “obscures his novel effect on Maine politics.”… Read more ...

Polling: McMullin Running Second in Utah Senate Race

According to a new survey of 804 registered Utah voters conducted for the Deseret News/Hinckley Institute of Politics, incumbent U.S. Senator Mike Lee is leading in his re-election bid with the support of 43% of voters. Independent challenger Evan McMullin runs second at 19% and Democrat Kael Weston trails with only 11%.… Read more ...

Polling: Independent Al Gross in Strong Position to Win Wild Battle for Alaska’s House Seat

Al Gross, an orthopedic surgeon and commercial fisherman with deep familial roots in Alaska politics, is polling in a near tie for first place against Sarah Palin in this year’s special election for the state’s lone U.S. House seat.

Gross, who received more than 40% of the vote for U.S. Senate as the Democratic nominee in 2020, is running as an independent this time around.… Read more ...

News & Notes: Internal Fighting Consumes Colorado Green Party, Salt Lake Mayor Backs Evan McMullin

ROCKY ROAD FOR COLORADO GREENS: Fighting within the Green Party of Colorado has resulted in yet another cycle without candidates.

According to Gary Swing, who joined the Green Party in the 1990s, the party’s last legitimate assembly was in 2016, before Mérida’s complete takeover.

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Former Maine Gubernatorial Candidate Eliot Cutler Arrested for Possession of Child Pornography

Former two-time Maine gubernatorial candidate Eliot Cutler has been arrested. The businessman and environmentalist is facing four counts of possession of sexually explicit materials of a child under 12, according to prosecutors.

The Bangor Daily News reported that Cutler resigned from the board of a nonprofit shortly after his home was raided and searched by police:

Cutler, 75, resigned from his position as president of the board of directors of the nonprofit on Wednesday, citing personal reasons, Lerner Foundation Executive Director Don Carpenter said in an email.

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News & Notes: Cory Hepola Hits Campaign Trail, Parties Sue Indiana, Brock Pierce Spending Big in Vermont

HEPOLA HITS THE TRAIL: Forward Party gubernatorial candidate Cory Hepola “revealed his three main campaign ‘pillars’ during a meeting of the Perham Noon Rotary on Thursday, March 24.”

“I am running for governor of Minnesota because we deserve better,” said Hepola during his speech. “We are allowing the 10% of extreme voices hijack the conversation and to push this conversation into bad places and into inactivity … and I just couldn’t sit by anymore, I couldn’t wait anymore, as this was continuing to happen, this lack of progress.”… Read more ...

News & Notes: Walker Banks Big Labor Cash, Jason Pye on Creating Viable Third Parties

WALKER/DRYGAS BANKS LABOR CASH: The Independent gubernatorial ticket of former Governor Bill Walker and his running mate Heidi Drygas show nearly $65,000 in contributions from labor political action committees (PAC). The money comes from 12 separate labor PACs and represents nearly 10% of their reported income of $667,000.

PYE ON VIABLE THIRD PARTIES: “Our ballot access laws are some of the most draconian in the country,” Jason Pye explained to the Atlanta Civic Circle.Read more ...

Former Mayor of a St. Louis Suburb is Running for U.S. Senate in Missouri as an Independent

Thomas P. Schneider, the former mayor of Florissant, Missouri has announced that he is going to run run as an independent for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Republican Roy Blunt.

A self-described centrist, Schneider who served as the nonpartisan mayor of Florissant from 2011 to 2019, and previously served on the city council from 1979 to 2011.… Read more ...