I'm from small town Nebraska and I grew up in a working-class family. My parents leaned conservative but always saw the value of a good idea and encouraged me to think for myself. I've traveled and lived in several different countries and I'm always amazed at how similar we all are, which is why I find the current political climate in the US repulsive in many ways.
Being a centrist means, first and foremost, being a listener. It means having an open mind and knowing what a good idea looks like when you see one, regardless of the source of that idea. It means level-headedness and temperance in the face of extremism, pragmatism over ideology, and seeing things from multiple points of view.
I'm interested in social justice and our responsibility to one another as citizens because it encompasses or is affected by nearly every policy decision that's made. From taxation and spending, healthcare, personal liberties and civil rights, national defense, and so on.
The only way to fix our politics is put down our egos and have honest and open conversations with the "other side". The ability to see another person's point of view is the first step towards the type of compromise that is the backbone of democracy.