Just shy of ten months ago I announced my campaign for Wisconsin State Senate. In that short time, we have accomplished some great things! We spoke openly about campaign finance and the detrimental influence it holds over our legislature, we spoke about the need for marijuana reform in Wisconsin, alongside other vital issues like prison reform and fighting hyper-partisanship with open ears and open minds. We’ve run a people-powered grassroots campaign that was funded entirely by small donations from people around the country and we built our campaign one person at a time by speaking to our neighbors, community members and friends. This is only the first step towards restoring Wisconsin’s reputation of honest and clean government. We need to keep moving forward and demanding better from our elected officials and candidates. Looking ahead, there are very important candidates who can work to enact the much-needed reforms we are all seeking. These candidates have the message and the infrastructure to win. My campaign does not have the forward momentum needed to stand with these candidates come November and claim a victory for the folks who need better representation in the legislature. That is why I am ending my campaign for State Senate today (May 24th, 2018).
This is the first campaign I’ve ever attempted and, like all first-times, it was not without its errors. We’ve learned much and we will continue to spread the beliefs that government CAN be honest and CAN work for ALL people! Not just the wealthy and powerful among us.
- Joe Zwier (I), Candidate for Wisconsin State Senate (WI-05)
As growing partisanship threatens to deepen the divides in our country, 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 American 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 Americans’ trust 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.