1. Individual party members (including me) can express opinions about potential nominees. An independent is free from outside control or domination, but not forbidden to speak her own mind. Other Independents are free to ignore me!
2. No one "changed" any rules--at all times the party has kept control of passcodes and planned additional passcode reminders--I have already borne the costs of the first mailing--and since I am not a millionaire--I was happy to let the candidates take over the tasks of voter outreach and information with safeguards such as providng passcodes to the printer ourselves (not thru any candidate) and requiring the printer to sign a confidentiality agreement with the party.
4. The Independent Party has not endorsed any candidate. I have no idea the total number of candidates for whom some Independent Party member has voiced support.
5. See (1) and (4).
6. To my knowledge, incumbent representative Andy Olson had 80% on the Independent Party Legislative scorecard.
7. The total costs of the election and the loans from party members will be obvious and C&E reports. I personally loaned the party $6500. I personally believe we considered many aspects of this election process--we sought bids, negotiated contracts, researched online voting and other platforms. There was no "pay to play" scheme--we tried to raise money to conduct an election to chose the nominees. We wanted to have as full participation by members as possible. Both Republicans and Democrats complained about our efforts to fundraise, but dozens of the same people seem perfectly content to compete in an historic election so long as I pay for it!
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