America Deserves Better: My Journey in Political Reform
By Nick Troiano on November 12 2016
The Centrist Project's new Executive Director, Nick Troiano, reflects on his decade-long journey to fix politics. You can reach Nick at firstname.lastname@example.org.
On Election Day in 2006, I stood outside of my polling place in Milford, PA and asked voters to sign a petition that read:
“To Congress: As We the People vote today, we are asking you to do your part and end the blame-game politics of Washington. Partisan bickering cannot solve the crucial issues we face. America deserves better."
I wound up collecting over 450 signatures despite the rain that day. Although I wasn’t yet old enough to vote, I felt like I was able to make a difference. Political reform became my calling, and I went to Washington to both study politics and intern for the organization that spearheaded the petition project.