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A Centrist is someone who seeks the best ideas to solve problems, regardless of where they come from on the political spectrum.

We share a set of common sense principles including fiscal responsibility, environmental responsibility, economic opportunity, social tolerance, and good governance. And we share a common ground approach to politics: we think for ourselves, put our country first, follow the facts, and work with others to get things done.

Being a Centrist does not mean taking an arbitrary position halfway between two extremes or simply existing in the political “middle” if one exists.

We welcome supporters of all political stripes who agree with our principles and approach to governance. However, for now, we will only support Centrist, independent candidates because we believe that being elected independent of the parties is the only true way to govern independently of them and challenge the two-party duopoly once in office.

Our goal with the Centrist Principles is to broadly define the political space we believe most Americans inhabit and where true problem-solving can get done. We expect our candidates to fill in the specific policy details on various issues, which may vary from individual to individual.

In 2014 and 2016, we supported three U.S. Senate candidates and two U.S. House candidates (see here). We are currently working to strategically recruit our 2018 candidates in our target states and districts, including candidates for the state legislature. Stay tuned for more details soon!

If you are interested in becoming or nominating a Centrist candidate, please send us an email to campaign@centristproject.org.

The Centrist Project aims to break through political dysfunction in government by strategically electing independent candidates to office –– not as a traditional third party, but as America’s first Unparty.

Unlike a third party, the Centrist Project is not legally organized as a party committee, does not ask supporters to change their party affiliation, will not seek our own ballot access, and has no detailed policy platform we impose on our candidates.

Our goal is to transcend the two major parties by electing a handful of Centrist, independent candidates –– not necessarily replace either party with one of our own. 

The Centrist Project is a 501(c)4 non-profit organization funded by individuals across the country –– including Democrats, Republicans, and independents. We do not accept any contributions from corporations, unions, or lobbyists. You can become a Centrist donor by making a contribution today.

The Centrist Project is the only organization that is explicitly focused on recruiting and supporting independent candidates. But there’s no silver bullet to fixing politics.

We are supportive of other organizations focused on encouraging bipartisan collaboration, advocating for systemic political reforms such as ranked choice voting, open primaries and redistricting, and developing new policy ideas that can garner broad based political support.

We believe our approach is not only complementary to these efforts, but can also help accelerate and catalyze them, as the fastest and most effective way to break through the two-party logjam in government.

The Centrist Project was founded in 2013 by Dartmouth Professor Charles Wheelan, who wrote The Centrist Manifesto. Wheelan started the organization as a result of the large amount of support he received for the ideas in his book. We’ve been active ever since.

The best way to support our work is by becoming a Founding Member today. For a monthly contribution as little as $1, members get access to exclusive content, our community, and eventually a say in who we choose as our candidates. We’ll also send you a free copy of the Centrist Manifesto.