“As an Independent, I can vote for my constituents, not the party. As a Clean Election candidate, I can vote for my constituents, not a lobbyist paying me to promote a bill for special interests.”
While overall I received about 5% of the vote, or 8,142 votes, as of Nov. 18, to me that
is the equivalent of 20% when you factor in there were 5 candidates
competing for 2 seats. The two winners each only received 25% of the vote.
When you figure that the party candidates probably received 95% of their parties’ votes, I likely won a majority of all the Independent votes. We won’t know how many Independent votes were cast, but likely it was only 10% of the overall number of votes, despite the party having 1/3 of the registered voters in the district.
I venture to guess that I would have been the 3rd choice of voters in each
party (not the 5th overall), which is important. Once Independents become
the largest voting bloc in Arizona in the next two years, Independents will
realize the power they have and not succumb to the notion that they have to
vote for a party or the vote will be wasted. And as more people in parties
realize the parties don’t have their best interests at heart, but their own
interests, then Independents will become a greater force in the country.
Thank you again for your support. I’m not sure what my future holds at this point, but I suspect it will include being involved with the Independent movement. Hopefully those in power will realize that the peoples’ interests are more important to theirs or the parties.
WHY NOT - WHAT HAVE THE USUAL SUSPECTS DONE FOR US LATELY?
33% OF DISTRICT, ARIZONA IS INDEPENDENT (Click here for graphic)
WILL REPRESENT VOTERS, NOT PARTIES, SPECIAL INTERESTS
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CAUCUS WITH DEMS ONE YEAR
AND REPS ONE YEAR
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Fine Has Beaten Odds to Qualify for Nov. Ballot
As an Independent candidate, Brent Fine had to collect 3½ times as many signatures as a Democrat and more than 2½ times as many as a Republican to qualify as a candidate for state representative in District 18. Not only did Fine do that (without paid signature collectors), but he collected more signatures than any candidate running for the state Legislature (1,768) in 2012. Read more about Brent Fine’s motivation and qualifications for running for state representative.