Several former members of the Washington State legislature have signed up to support Washington Independents, a political action committee affiliated with the national Centrist Project, dedicated to electing centrist, independent candidates to office. Former Democratic Congressman Baird, and former GOP lawmaker and State Party Chairman Chris Vance serve as Co-Chairs of this new effort.
Former legislators supporting Washington Independents:
Bill Finkbeiner (Redmond) Former Republican Senate Leader, and 2012 Republican nominee for Lt. Governor.
Larry Seaquist (Gig Harbor) Former Democratic House member
Betty Sue Morris (Vancouver) Former Democratic House member and Clark County Commissioner
Brian Thomas (Renton) Former Republican House member
Fred Finn (Shelton) Former Democratic House member
The mission of Washington Independents and the Centrist Project is to provide independent candidates the support they need to be competitive: money, professional campaign assistance, and grassroots volunteers. In addition to the Board, over 600 people in Washington State have already signed up to help.
Washington Independents will support independent candidates for state office who fit the culture of Washington State: fiscally responsible and pro-free enterprise, and progressive on social issues and the environment. While this new movement has no rigid litmus tests, a general statement of principles can be found here: http://www.centristproject.org/principles