I was born and raised in San Antonio, Texas. My family was always politcally aware and politcally active. I was also raised with a love and respect for American history. When I was 9 years old, my grandfather gave me a biography of Thomas Jefferson and inscribed it with "emulate this man and you can never go wrong". I cast my first vote ina presidential election for Ronald Reagan, and for much of my young life, considered myself a moderate Republican.
However, the past decade has found myself growing more and more estranged from the Republican party I grew up in. Eventually, I came to consider myself an independant voter and grew more and more alarmed at the divisiveness and extreme partisanship that drove both sides of our two party system, a system that is breaking the ability of our government to act and serve on behalf of its people.
I am a married father of three living in the greater Houston, Texas, area. I work in the fields of marketing and public relations. I am active in the community, serving as a member of the board of directors of an area chamber of commerce. I am still hopeful that our country can come together, but grow ever doubtful that the current party system holds any solutions for our future. For me, the party is over.
A centrist is a person who understands that the middle way is the path to success and progress. A centrist seeks to unify, to find common ground and on that ground build an effective platform to govern and lead. A centrist understands that our country is diverse and that diversity is a strength. A centrist understands that they are elected to represent all of their constituents, not just their base, and that the laws they enact should protect, serve, and benefit the entirty of the whole, not just their base of supporters.
I joined this movement because I do not believe that the current system, dominated by two self-serving party organizations, can govern and that if something is not done to free our politics from their stranglehold, we will cease to exist as a unified nation.
While there are a number of issues that I have strong feelings about, my number one cause is to restore accountability, transparency, and integrity to our political system. We cannot move forward and lead our own people, much less the world, until we stop playing to the margins and seek the middle ground. I want to see a swell if independant elected officials who seek to represent the people and not the party.
I believe the people of this country are not nearly as divided as is their leadership. I believe that the people will unite around those who will clearly articulate a vision for a country that offers opportunity, that is driven by hope and aspiration, not fear and demagoguery. That reinstills the founding promises of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happines in language that captures the modern imagination. A vision that appeals to the angels of our better nature and looks forward to a better world waiting to be born.