I'm a political romantic and a centrist and have been inspired by Theodore Roosevelt and Winston Churchill among many others. I'm from Illinois, but I love traveling and exploring, and I have lived in many states including New Mexico where I reside currently. My wife and I believe in public service and spent two years in the Peace Corps in Tanzania.
I believe a centrist requires the political courage to pursue a path that may at times defy a host of political interests. It means pursuing the best course on each issue regardless of special interests or political parties. It means compromise often and only drawing lines in the sand if an outcome would be detrimental to constituents.
I am passionate about public service and have served in AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and currently with the US Forest Service. I think politicians should demonstrate a commitment to public service and, ideally, should encourage national service that would prepare and empower the next generation of political leaders.
I think encouraging civic engagement is very important and it has to be done in such a way that politics becomes more compelling for young people. I think setting a standard of civic discourse that allows fierce debate while keeping it within the bounds of constructive dialogue. And finally, we should adjust our electoral system to encourage centrists and a great way to do that is encouraging jungle primaries where the top two vote getters of either party in the primary run off against each other in the general election even if they're from the same party. I was very excited to learn that the Centrist Project exists and look forward to working on this noble endeavor.