Alaska Governor, independent officials discuss how to win elections without parties – Roll Call Politics – Posted July 12, 2017 – By Kyle Stewart

When Alaska Governor Bill Walker first ran for the state’s highest office in 2010, he faced a problem: many of his friends and supporters couldn’t vote for him in the closed Republican primary because they weren’t affiliated with the party.

Four years later he ran as an independent and won the general election.

Walker’s success was due in part to the decision of Democratic nominee, Byron Mallott, to drop his bid and become Walker’s running mate. That alliance propelled Walker to victory over a Republican incumbent.

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Walker’s experience as an independent candidate was part of a broader discussion at the National Press Club Wednesday morning on a movement to elect nonpartisans to Congress and statehouses across the nation.

That effort is spearheaded by The Centrist Project, a nonprofit founded in 2013 by Dartmouth professor and one-time Congressional candidate Charles Wheelan.

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  1. What if we were able to elect five or six independent legislators to the General Assembly, who could caucus with other progressives? That would change the face of Commonwealth politics.

    Easier said than done? Perhaps. But it does dampened the acrimony over labels.

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