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David PaineDavid Paine is the co-founder of the nonprofit group, 9/11 Day, which works to inspire unity and charitable service in observance of the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks.
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Xander PakzadXander Pakzad is a social media intern at IVN. He currently attends UC San Diego, double majoring in communication and interdisciplinary computing & the arts.
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John E. PalmerI am an investment professional in the private equity/buyout space living with my wife and our three children in San Francisco and Maine (summers). I am passionate about politics in the U.S. generally and supportive of electoral reform efforts that can help the ever-numerous Independents among us to achieve office.
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Greg ParkerI'm a current student at CSU San Marcos, majoring in literature and writing. I'm passionate about looking beyond the overly partisan, divisive media of our time and providing a nuanced view of current events.
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Naman PatelNaman Patel is a contributor to PolicyMic, an active Model United Nations participant, and a student. As a registered independent, Naman strives to consider political opinions with an open mind, devoid of preconceived judgements. He believes in fiscal responsibility, pragmatic thinking, and, above all else, common sense.
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Barbara PatrizziActive member of Independent Pennsylvanians, a grass roots activist group working to strengthen the voice and power of independent voters in PA.
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Chad PeaceChad Peace is president of IVC Media LLC, a partner at the law firm of Peace & Shea LLP, and legal strategist for the Independent Voter Project. Chad developed the voter outreach strategy for Californias successful nonpartisan primary initiative and conducted the campaign to draft a current United States Senator to run for office. Most recently, he authored the City of San Diegos Measure K and manages voter outreach efforts in local, statewide, and national efforts, including a major candidate for president of the United States. In 2017, Chad was recognized by the American Association of Political Consultants as a "40 under 40" political professional to watch.
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Steve PeaceMr. Peace served 20 years in the California State Legislature, having been first elected to the Assembly in 1982, and later served in the State Senate from 1993 to 2002. Throughout his Legislative career, Mr. Peace represented one of the most diverse districts in the State of California. A self-described "radical moderate", Steve Peace was an aggressive and outspoken advocate of moderation, even at times when such a position was increasingly out of style. Mr. Peace was one of only three elected officials to endorse California's non-partisan Open Primary system. When the Supreme Court overturned the Open Primary, then-Senator Peace introduced legislation that today allows decline-to-state voters the ability to vote in primary elections.
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Breton PeaceBreton Peace is the co-author of "Actual Malice," a true crime political thriller published in October 2016 and featured on Dr. Phil. He is an attorney specializing in the representation of domestic and international clients involved in the development of a variety of complex energy, infrastructure, and real estate projects.
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Sal PeraltaSal Peralta is Secretary of the Independent Party of Oregon. The Independent Party of Oregon (IPO) is Oregons third largest political party with more than 100,000 members.
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Jessica PercifieldJessica is a Freelance Writer blogging about Specialty Coffee Roasters & Cafes in San Diego, CA. She is interested in the Slow Food Movement and Sustainability. In her former life, Jessica worked in the Financial Sector, Real Estate & Marketing. Education: Western Washington University; BA in Political Science.
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Chelsea PereraChelsea is currently a communications major at the University of San Diego. She is a southern California native and considers herself politically moderate.
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Assemblyman V. Manuel PerezFirst elected in 2008 and now in his second term, State Assemblymember V. Manuel Prez represents the 80th Assembly District, comprised of eastern Riverside and Imperial counties. As chair of the Assembly Committee on Jobs, Economic Development, and the Economy, the Assemblymans top legislative priority is economic recovery, which he believes can be achieved by supporting local economic development activities, investing in education, and ensuring a safety net for our most vulnerable. Assemblyman Prez is also a member of the Assembly Committees on Aging and Long-term Care; Government Organization; Health; and Veterans Affairs. Included among the Assemblymans many legislative accomplishments are: the reinstatement of the Small Business Loan Guarantee program; securing $2.3 billion in clean tech economic recovery bonds to help local governments attract business and create jobs; expediting the state permitting process for renewable energy projects in the desert region; ensuring fair access to the Safe Routes to School program to help promote more walkable and pedestrian friendly communities; granting the Cal Vet home loan program the authority to provide refinancing services to eligible veterans to help them avoid foreclosure; and protecting the Enterprise Zone program from elimination during recent budget negotiations. The Assemblyman is a lifelong resident of the 80th Assembly District. Born in Indio and raised in Coachella, he grew up in a close-knit family that taught him the value of hard work, determination, respect, and service to others. He attended public schools, graduated from U.C. Riverside, and earned a Masters degree in Education from Harvard University. He has served as a school teacher, a youth advocate, and a community healthcare director. Before being elected to the Assembly, he served on the board of the Coachella Valley Unified School District.
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U.S. Rep. Scott PetersU.S. Rep. Scott Peters represents the 52nd congressional district in San Diego, California.
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Kelly PettyKelly Petty is a bi-lingual journalist skilled in education, political and multi-cultural reporting. The Georgia State University graduate received her B.A. in Journalism and Spanish, and served as the universitys editor-in-chief of The Signal and Urbanite. Her work has been featured at Patch.com, Rockdale News, WashingtonExec, and National Journal magazine. Kelly hopes to use her reporting, video, and new media skills to cover politics, government, and ethnic communities, while exploring the convergence of traditional and new media journalism on future reporting projects.
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Jason PeuquetResearch Director for the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget and the Fiscal Policy Program at the New America Foundation. Jason has worked on issues from federal budget and economic policy to examining the economic recovery and structural health care reforms
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Richard PhelpsRichard P. Phelps is the founder of Nonpartisan Education Group, and is the author and editor of Correcting Fallacies about Educational and Psychological Testing (APA), Defending Standardized Testing (Psychology Press), and Standardized Testing Primer (Peter Lang).
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Tony PhillipsTony Phillips has worked as a grant writer for most of the last 15 years, supporting nonprofit organizations in San Diego through the development of affordable housing and human service programs in partnership with private foundations and government agencies. He is a frequent contributor to The Huffington Post and has written opinion editorial for a number of online and print publications. He spent 2008 and 2009 teaching English and Contemporary Western Culture in China and has spent time at teaching posts in Mexico, where he still spends much of his free time. Tony's interests include national politics and public policy, international relations and strategies for combating extreme poverty both in the U.S. and overseas.
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Chad PhillipsChad is a professional educator who lives in Northern Michigan. He blogs at Michiganpopulist.org
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Luke PhillipsI am a student at the University of Southern California studying international relations. I am the Senior Correspondent for USC's undergraduate IR publication, Glimpse From the Globe. My research interests include American grand strategy, public policy, political philosophy, and the Hamiltonian tradition in American politics. http://www.glimpsefromtheglobe.com/author/luke_phillips/ https://abiasedperspective.wordpress.com/
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Nancy PhungBorn and raised in San Diego, within a business-minded, bi-cultural, and Vietnamese-traditional family of eight. Proud SDSU graduate, obtaining a BA in International Security & Conflict Resolution with an emphasis in Global Systems and a minor in Anthropology. Has a love for philosophy and educational discourse--always up for any conversation shape and size.
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Joe PickeringJoe is the president of Mainers for Open Elections. He is also a member of IndependentVoting.org and the National Election Reform Committee.
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Preston PicusPreston Picus is a progressive, independent, small-money, anti-corruption candidate for the US House in California's 12th district. We're organizing the progressive revolution in California - join us. www.picus2016.com
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Arielle PiersonSelf Proclaimed Batgirl, Bilingual and filled with hope that she can change the world for the better. Independent, with an Associates in Liberal Arts, she is pursuing a career as an investigative journalist. Having lived in Mexico for many years and developed a love for the people and culture her goal is to bring about a change in the tepid relationship between the neighboring countries.
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John W. PiggCurrently lives in France and works as an ESL teacher. John majored in History and graduated from Indiana State University in 2011. He is a military veteran (OIF08). And has a strong interest in public policy, and is an advocate for traditional primaries.
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