There’s a growing sentiment in the United States that our political system is irreparably broken. Endless threats of government shutdowns, blocked funding and legislation holding up vital services and industry, and continual infighting are all signs of dysfunction.
While some are tempted to throw their hands up in frustration or check out of civic engagement completely, increasing numbers of people are willing to step up and initiate the change we all know is needed to restore efficacy and sanity.
When bipartisanship is a dirty word in Washington, where do the people turn for solutions that work? The answer is surprisingly simple: independent thought and action.
Independent candidates are at the forefront of transforming apathy into activism. From local positions on school boards and city councils to state and federal offices, civic-minded individuals are taking matters into their own hands to create a political system that works for all Americans instead of the privileged few.
The time for an independent revolution is now. Are you the right candidate to help usher it in?
Read on to consider these 20 reasons why you should run for office as an independent in 2024 — even if you’ve never thought of running for office before.
All it takes is a quick look around to see that the political landscape is evolving. Running as an independent in 2024 offers a chance to represent a wider range of viewpoints and contribute to a richer, more diverse political discourse.
Many Americans feel their voices are not heard in the current political system. As an independent, you can champion the concerns of these overlooked communities.
Freed from party lines, you can propose innovative, out-of-the-box solutions to complex issues that range from climate change to economic reform.
In an era of division, running as an independent allows you to act as a unifier. This power can be critical to encouraging bipartisanship and cross-party collaboration. How refreshing would it be to focus on finding common ground instead of engaging in divisive party politics?
By not aligning with a major political party, you can build a campaign on transparency and earn trust from voters who are tired of partisan agendas.
As an independent, you have the opportunity to redefine what political leadership looks like. By prioritizing collaboration and inclusivity, you will inspire supporters to follow a movement that matters rather than holding their noses to vote for the lesser of two evils.
When was the last time you found a political leader who genuinely listens and represents your interests? Your campaign can inspire those who are disillusioned with politics to engage and participate.
Every day, small-town America often feels left out of the conversation. You can prioritize local issues that are often overshadowed by national party politics by directly addressing the needs of your community.
Civic-minded people sometimes avoid politics because it seems like a dirty business populated with self-interested individuals. Running as an independent allows you to maintain your personal integrity and stay true to your core values and beliefs.
As an independent, you're more flexible in governance. Lacking partisan constraints, you’re able to work across the aisle and adapt to changing circumstances and needs.
The most successful social and political movements began as grassroots, community-based initiatives. An independent campaign can galvanize support on the ground, drawing in volunteers and supporters who are passionate about change beyond party lines.
Partisan politics often means political stagnation as our leaders seem to spend most of their time in office scoring pyrrhic victories against the “other team.” Your presence in office can help reduce partisan gridlock, facilitating more effective and efficient governance.
One reason independents have been less successful in the past is an unofficial media blackout of all but the most viable partisan or occasional larger-than-life figure. With aid from social platforms, independent candidates are able to attract media attention, build a platform to address important issues, and reach a wider audience.
Without the constraints of party ties, a broader range of outlooks and voices can rise from the shadows. Running as an independent increases representation and provides an opportunity to amplify the voices of minorities and marginalized groups in the political process.
Two of the biggest barriers to change are voter apathy and the resulting low voter turnout. Your candidacy can contribute to reinvigorating democracy by reminding people that there are alternatives to the traditional two-party system.
Historically, successful independent candidates have been few and far between, especially at the national level. This means fewer people willing to take the chance that their candidacy will survive and thrive. A successful independent campaign in 2024 can set a precedent for future elections, encouraging more independents to run and succeed in the years to come.
The two establishment parties often test and discard planks in their platforms until they’re left with a few stale ideas that are designed to keep the status quo intact. As an independent candidate, you have the freedom to champion causes that transcend party politics and address issues based on their merit.
Recent elections prove that young voters can make a big difference, especially when they find a candidate they can believe in. Independent candidates often resonate with younger voters, inspiring a new generation to take an interest in politics and governance.
Given the state of partisanship that dominates the current political scene, it’s no wonder that little is being done for the people. Your campaign can focus on policy effectiveness rather than political gain, prioritizing the well-being of citizens over party success.
Running as an independent allows you to create a unique legacy in politics, one that’s characterized by courage, innovation, and a commitment to serving the public interest.
No matter how independent you are, few can get by without help and support from people and organizations who know how to navigate the political landscape without caving to special interests.
Good Party is building a political movement that champions independent candidates and voters, and we’re putting our money where our priorities are. We offer free resources and user-friendly campaign technologies that are designed to help you campaign smarter.
We already have a proven track record of success. Could your candidacy be next?
The best time to file your candidacy is now. Although there is still time to throw your hat into the political ring in most states and U.S. territories, the following states have filing deadlines that end in just days or weeks:
California: primary filing deadline with filing fee, Friday, December 8, 2023
Illinois: primary filing deadline, Monday, December 4, 2023
North Carolina: primary filing period, Monday, December 4, 2023 - Friday, December 15, 2023
Ohio: primary filing deadline, Wednesday, December 20, 2023
Puerto Rico: candidate filing period, Friday, December 1, 2023 - Saturday, December 30, 2023
Texas: primary/minor party/independent intent filing period, Saturday, November 11, 2023 - Monday, December 11, 2023
You can find clickable links in alphabetical order with all of the information on filing, primary, and general election dates for all states and U.S. territories here.
As we look toward 2024, the call for independent voices in politics is louder than ever. If you're considering a run for office and resonate with these reasons, remember that your candidacy could be a vital step towards a more inclusive, effective, and representative political system.
Interested in exploring the path to office? Good Party is here to support you on your journey.