Terms Glossary

Good Party's Terms Glossary is a list of definitions of words from the political and elections world. These terms are from an independent's perspective with an eye toward reform. If you have a suggestion for a new definition, send it to ask@goodparty.org.

Independent

An independent is a candidate for political office who is not affiliated with any political party. In the United States, this can include candidates who run as independents or who seek office as members of third parties.

Independents are often seen as a unique and diverse group of candidates who are not bound by the constraints of the two major political parties. They may come from a variety of backgrounds and may have a range of different viewpoints, which can make them more representative of the general public.

However, independents often face significant barriers to participating in the electoral process. They may struggle to raise the same amount of money as major party candidates, and they may have difficulty getting their message out to the public. They may also be excluded from debates and other important campaign events, which can make it harder for them to get their voices heard.

Despite these challenges, there are a number of independent candidates in the United States today who are making an impact. According to the Center for Responsive Politics, there are currently a record number of independents serving in Congress, including Senators Angus King (I-ME) and Bernie Sanders (I-VT).

The presence of independents in the political process is important for promoting a more diverse and representative democracy. By providing more choices and breaking free from the constraints of the two major parties, independents can help to create a more open and inclusive political system that works for everyone. Good Party is working to address this issue!