Former Democratic Rep. Brian Baird, former state GOP chair Chris Vance launch effort to elect independents

By Seattle Times political reporter
November 16, 2017

Washington Independents isn't a third party but will support independent, centrist candidates unaffiliated with any political party. The new political action committee is affiliated with a national group.

In this era of angry partisanship, is there an opening for independent, centrist candidates to get elected?

A new organization announced Thursday by former Washington State Republican Party Chairman Chris Vance and former Democratic Congressman Brian Baird will aim to find out.

The group, Washington Independents, isn’t a third party but will support independent, centrist candidates. The new political-action committee is affiliated with the national Centrist Project.

Baird and Vance are co-chairs of the group’s 12-member board, which also includes former Democratic state Rep. Larry Seaquist of Gig Harbor and former Medina Mayor Michael Luis.

Baird, a moderate Democrat who represented Southwest Washington’s 3rd Congressional District for six terms until retiring in 2011, said he’s heard from voters who want alternatives to “extremes” offered by the major political parties.

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