One year ago today, I announced I am running as an independent candidate for President of the United States – and what a year it has been! Looking back, I see that 2015 was dedicated to getting my message as clear as possible and seeing how Americans from all walks of life and all parts of our country understand and respond to my platform and 7-track plan to transform America. The first half of 2016 is now a laser-like focus on the convoluted logistics of getting on the November 8 Presidential ballot as an independent candidate in at least 40 states.
More than ever, I am confident about and committed to my vision, my platform, my 7-track plan and my candidacy. There is a hunger in America for a credible independent Presidential candidate. I know my White House can create an America that works for everyone with no one left out. I know my White House will start taking action on Day 1 to restore trust in government while building peace here at home and around the world.
For now, here’s the bottom line. As of today, I have team leads in 28 states ready to start collecting the signatures needed for me to be on the November 8th ballot as an independent Presidential candidate. Here are the 28 states where we are ready to go: Alabama, Arizona, Connecticut, Delaware, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Michigan, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Utah, Vermont, Virginia and Washington. If you live in one of those state and want to sign my petition or help collect signatures (we favor farmer’s markets and craft fairs not door-to-door and no phone banks) – please make sure you have signed up on this web site with your address and preferred way to contact you!
In addition, I am on the June 7 California Presidential Primary as a candidate of the Peace and Freedom Party; and I am actively seeking the nomination of the American Party of South Carolina and the Reform Party of New York. When we have the final information about how you can vote for me in those states I will announce it proudly!
Twelve other states are what I call “momentum” states – I intend to get on the ballot in those states. I am waiting until I break through the conventional media barriers (currently blind to the realities of independent politics and independent candidates) before we start collecting signatures!
In Colorado and Louisiana, I will be on the ballot by submitting the proper paperwork and do not need signatures – however I do need Presidential Electors – as I do in all states!
The Electoral College
You may remember from your high school American History class that the Constitution of the United States says Electors vote for the President and Vice President. For 2016, each Governor will convene their Electoral College in their respective state capitol on December 19; this is the first Monday after the second Wednesday in December – a schedule that gave our founding fathers time to ride their horse and buggy to capitol cities! My Electors vote for me at the Electoral College - this can be honorary and straightforward or very controversial as is likely in this strange election year - all remains to be seen!
I am asking my supporters – yes YOU -- if you would do me the honor of serving as my Presidential Elector in your state. I want regular Americans to go to the Electoral College – which is historically a photo opportunity for Republican and Democrat party leaders. If you are interested please let me know via email on this web site and I will communicate with you directly. This is both honorary and historic -- your name will be included in the list of Presidential Electors submitted to your State Archives and the National Archives as an Elector for the 2016 Presidential election. In addition, by law, the state covers your travel expenses and a small amount for your hotel and meals for one day.
Identifying Electors is especially important for independent presidential candidates. Most states require me to submit my list of Electors along with the signatures I collect and some states even require me to submit Electors before I collect signatures -- all to get on that state's November 8 ballot. The laws are different in every state though generally you must be 25 years of age and a resident of the state where you will represent me.
Please let me know if you are willing to serve our nation in this capacity and strengthen the role of independent politics in America!
A Year of Extraordinary Conversations
I want to close this message by summarizing what I have learned over the past year. I stand as firmly as ever on my platform, my vision, my goals and my 7-track plan. My platform is to Fix Government and Build Peace -- that means transform all our federal agencies while building peace here at home and around the world. My vision is an America that works for everyone with no one left out. My goals include a true 21st century economy that prioritizes support for our poorest communities; 25 million new jobs; world-class public health systems; free public education; community policing; fair taxation; compassionate immigration; a realistic transition to 100% clean energy; a government that honors our commitments to our veterans, our children, our seniors and our Native American brothers and sisters; and a foreign policy that recognizes We the People are wiser than warfare.
More than any other Presidential candidate of any party, I know how to look under the hood of our federal agencies to see what works, what does not work and what changes to make. For example, the current mission of the U.S. Department of Justice is organized around three words: “control, enforcement and punishment.” That mission will never solve mass incarceration, school-to-prison pipelines and community-police tensions. We must change that mission, re-set agency priorities, insert new requirements in budgeting systems and reverse policies that grow poverty, lousy schools, unemployment, low wages and entanglement in criminal justice systems.
That same work must be done in every federal agency; they are all out of touch with the needs and wants of We the People. I do not need on-the-job training; my team will start all that on Day 1. And with my experience designing and facilitating Citizen Summits and Conversations with America, we will have true citizen input to the shape of our government and community control over federal funding.
When I finished my 14 thousand mile listening tour, I concluded that We the People have no faith and no trust in our government Of the People. I described the anger I heard and saw all over our nation and the deeper reasons why so many citizens believe “government lies to us all the time.” Now I see that anger reinforced by great anxiety – in part by fears over terrorism and to a greater degree by fears our nation is no longer a true democracy for We the People.
Our challenge for America in the 21st century is to create a more perfect union – to bring together diverse points of view and generate a new strength out of that unity that we can now barely imagine. Only an independent President can create the partnerships needed to heal our nation and make us whole again. This has become my larger purpose.
My White House will: Transform America by Transforming Government. I cannot do this without you and I ask you to join with me to create an America that works for everyone with no one left out.