A Declaration of Independents

The goal of Washington Independents is to provide independent candidates the support they need to win, including financial resources, professional campaign services, and grassroots volunteers.

Our common purpose vision, common sense principles, and common ground approach to governance is captured in a “Declaration of Independents” that each of our endorsed candidates have signed on to.

A Declaration of Independents

As growing partisanship threatens to deepen the divides in our state, we join together as political independents to declare five common principles that we believe can unite a new movement to repair our politics and restore the American dream for future generations.

First, we put the public interest ahead of any partisan or special interest.
Government should represent “We, the people” — not the party leaders or those who can buy access to power. As independents, we believe good governance is about rising above petty partisanship and putting the people first.

Second, we use common sense and find common ground to solve problems.
We reject today’s zero sum politics and desire to work together with Democrats and Republicans in an inclusive and civil manner to get things done. As independents, we think for ourselves, understand different perspectives, follow the facts, identify root causes, offer new ideas, and make logical decisions.

Third, we stand for the timeless values of opportunity, equality, and stewardship.
We want to empower every Washington citizen to realize their full potential, uphold equal rights for all under the law, and ultimately leave a stronger country for the next generation. As independents, we believe in both fiscal and environmental responsibility.

Fourth, we champion competition, transparency, and accountability in politics.
We seek to rebuild the trust Washington citizens have in government by holding ourselves to the highest standards of honor and honesty and by fixing the broken incentives that contribute to political dysfunction. As independents, we support reforms to ensure our political process truly represents the people — including the way we draw district lines, fund campaigns, and run elections.

Fifth, we believe in the shared responsibility of civic engagement.
As Americans, we understand it is our civic duty to be informed and engaged on important issues. As independents, we encourage increased citizen participation in our political process and in service to our country.

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    commented on Declaration 2018-07-02 13:24:41 -0700
    I really like the idea of running independent candidates that adhere to the declaration. It would only take a small number of truly indelpendent representatives to make a big difference. There are some important issues where a middle ground, sensible solution can’t be found because of partisanship loyalties being placed above the common good. Hopefully in these cases independents can break the log jam.
    commented on Declaration 2018-03-07 14:02:47 -0800
    What if our current representative, Derek Kilmer, appears to have the same principles. Would an independent be supported to run against him?
    published Declaration 2018-02-22 21:18:57 -0800