FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 12, 2016
HANOVER, NH –Today, The Centrist Project announces its endorsement of Independent Margaret Stock of Alaska in her bid for U.S. Senate. The Centrist Project is the leading national organization working to break the partisan hold on the U.S. Senate by electing Independent, centrist Senators to bring common-sense, effective leadership to Washington.
“The Centrist Project believes that a handful of Independent Senators – like Margaret Stock – committed to solving problems and good governance, who are fiscally responsible, socially tolerant, and environmentally responsible can breakthrough the gridlock and become the moderating force to get things done in Congress,” said Centrist Project Founder Charles Wheelan.
“The Centrist Project endorsed Margaret Stock because she can go to Washington and represent the best interests of Alaska and our country, not beholden to party bosses and corporate interests. She devoted her impressive career to serving the military and tackling tough immigration and national security issues. She has the right skillset to forge solutions to our nation’s challenges in a collaborative, common sense manner to get Washington working again,” said Wheelan. “We cannot expect better political outcomes unless we can get beyond the pettiness of the two parties. Margaret Stock is exactly the right kind of smart, thoughtful, public-minded Independent necessary to challenge the broken system.”
More than 53% of registered Alaska voters have left the major parties and in 2014, Alaskans elected an Independent Governor. “That’s clear evidence that Alaska’s voters are frustrated with the political parties and are anxious for an independent voice as an option for US Senate in 2016,” said Wheelan.
“There’s a disconnect between the major parties and the people they supposedly serve, and you see it in the increasing numbers of voters who are registering as independents,” said Margaret Stock. “The Centrist Project’s goal of electing a half-dozen independent senators who can break the partisan impasse in the U.S. Senate would force the parties to work together in the best interest of the American people.”
Margaret Stock is a retired lieutenant colonel who served her country in the U.S Army Military Police Corps for 28 years. After earning degrees from Harvard Law School, the Harvard Kennedy School of Government and the Army War College, Stock went on to become a leading legal expert on the intersection of immigration and national security and was awarded a 2013 MacArthur Foundation "genius grant" for her work in that area.
Stock, a first-time candidate who spent most of her adult life as a registered Republican, is running for U.S Senate as an Independent because she has seen the harmful effect big money and partisanship has had on our institutions in Washington and believes we need people in Congress who will answer to the American people – not a party, not a party agenda and not the special interests.
The Centrist Project provides resources for independent-minded voters across the country and helps identify politically independent candidates to run for the U.S. Senate with the goal of forcing the parties into more responsible policy-making and leadership. In 2014, the Centrist Project supported competitive independent candidates Larry Pressler, a former Republican U.S. senator from South Dakota, and businessman Greg Orman in Kansas, among others. The Centrist Project was founded in 2013 following the publication of Charles Wheelan’s book, The Centrist Manifesto, calling for a political movement of the middle to break the paralyzed two-party gridlock in Washington.
For more information about The Centrist Project, please visit www.centristproject.org or contact the office at firstname.lastname@example.org.