Fed up with political gridlock, a prominent Democrat and Republican from Washington state are joining forces in the hopes of finding independent, centrist candidates to run for political offices.
Chris Vance and Brian Baird announced the formation of the Washington Independents, a political action committee which will work with the national Centrist Project.
"The American people are hungry for an alternative to the status quo, to the gridlock, to the dysfunction in the two political parties," Vance said, who added he believes we're seeing the beginning of the end of the two-party political system as we know it.
Vance is the former chairman of the Washington state Republican Party. Baird, a Democrat, is a six-term former member of the U.S. House of Representatives.
"There are great people on both sides of the aisle and there are some really good policies on both sides of the aisle, but there are also, increasingly, extremes divided among more tribal lines and focused more on party power than on getting good work done that takes into account the needs and interests of the entire country," Baird said.