Register the Independent Party
I've been an optimist throughout my life, trials and tribulations aside, and have enjoyed working with amazing leaders in the Arizona community. I've been a high school coach and teacher as well as a professional facilitator - putting people, places and things together in exciting and fun ways over the years.
Several years ago I was musing over the state of politics and wondering how I could possibly make a difference. As a http://teampartnering.com for partnering sessions, I thought maybe the Independent Party of Arizona could be molded into such an empowering organization. The domain was available (July, 2012) so I began the effort.
The website presented the idea of 'making sense common' in the face of challenging situations, allowing the best choices to be made and implemented. It got a little traffic and a few comments until the end of 2017, when things shifted and activity increased. In my initial haste I had not realized the Independent Party was not registered in Arizona.
Registering as an 'independent' means no party affiliation and candidates, even with great personal integrity, have failed campaigns too often. Gathering the discontented and disparate voters under a new platform may not be the best solution, but it shows we're trying to get along and do the right things beyond the binary paralysis that keeps Arizona at the bottom of many lists.
It takes 20,086 verified signatures to get the Independent Party of Arizona recognized by the State. There is no outside of Arizona affiliation, no national ties to any other Independent Party have been formed. I personal think Arizonans can be an example to the rest of the country by showing how well independent thinking can work to achieve solutions, harvest our past and build a better future for Arizona.
Gathering the signatures takes effort and time. Digital signatures aren't allowed (takes a 75,000 signature referendum at best), so they have to be acquired the old fashioned way. Devoting the time to do so means I have to shift my focus away from acquiring work. I'm self-employed, so it makes it a bit challenging to balance.
Your contributions would make a huge difference, allowing the time to travel to the necessary locations around the State to develop a volunteer organization.
The basic costs are what we need help with - travel costs, basic supplies that include clipboards, ink, paper, banners, postage. There are about a dozen community college and university locations needing materials.
I cannot express how appreciative and grateful we would be for your contribution. You will be proud of helping to achieve getting the Independent Party registered in Arizona. We understand the ask is a bit different, but we think it is more powerful for our future and the start of something that could make a huge difference for many in Arizona. When we prove our efforts work, who knows how our nation might benefit.
Let's make Arizona great!