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Another major independent campaign officially announced its launch Thursday. Craig O'Dear, a prominent attorney in Missouri, has officially entered the race for US Senate.
"On this tough day for our nation, I am more resolved than ever to chart a new way forward," O'Dear said on his Facebook Page.
O'Dear's campaign is founded on a number of core principles, including:
- The need to put country before party;
- Finding common ground to solve problems;
- Standing for opportunity, equality, and stewardship;
- Championing competition, transparency, and accountability in politics; and
- Encouraging increased citizen participation.
"Our country is at a historically difficult moment," says O'Dear. “The hyper-partisan warfare of parties is a major part of the problem.”
O'Dear joins a growing list of independent candidates running for state office, including Greg Orman, candidate for Kansas governor, Terry Hayes, the first independent state treasurer in Maine and a clean elections candidate for governor, Neal Simon, candidate for U.S. Senate in Maryland, and incumbent Alaska Governor Bill Walker -- the only sitting independent governor in the nation.
Stay tuned for more coverage of these candidates and more.
Photo Credit: O'Dear for Senate