Independent Party of Delaware

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Independent Party of Delaware
Chairperson Don Ayotte
Secretary Glenn Miller
Founded August 29, 2000; 16 years ago (2000-08-29)
Headquarters Georgetown, Delaware
Membership (August 1, 2017) 5,696 [1]
Ideology Fiscal conservatism Laissez-faire
Colors Peach
Seats in the Senate
0 / 2
State Upper House Seats
0 / 21
State Lower House Seats
0 / 41
Mayorships
0 / 59
Website
http://www.independentpartyofdelaware.com

The Independent Party of Delaware (IPoD) is a political party in the State of Delaware, United States. As of March 2016 the Party is the third largest political party in Delaware with 5,696 registered voters [2]. The party supports laissez-faire capitalism, limited government and supports a clean and healthy environment. The IPoD was officially formed on August 29, 2000 to provide Delaware voters with an independent alternative to the Republican and Democratic parties. IPoD works to support independent candidates for public office by providing them with ballot access, distributing information to voters and encouraging participation in candidate debates.

History[edit]

The Independent Party of Delaware was founded on August 29, 2000 by Floyd McDowell and Frank Sims. In 2000, the party ran Floyd Mcdowell Sr. for governor and he received 3,271 votes, making 1.1% of the total vote [3] [1]. In 2002 Maurice Barros, running for U.S. Senate, received 996 votes, for 0.4% of the total vote. In 2004, the party, along with the Libertarian Party, nominated Frank Infante for governor. Infante received 10,753 votes on the Independent Party line (2.9% of vote), and 1,450 votes (0.4%) on the Libertarian Party ballot line.In 2006, Karen M. Hartley-Nagle, running for Delaware's Senate seat, received 5,769 votes for 2.2% of the total vote. In 2004, the party gave its ballot line to the independent presidential campaign of Ralph Nader; he received 2,152 votes for 0.6% of the total vote in Delaware [2]In 2008, the party again gave its ballot line to the independent presidential campaign of Ralph Nader; he received 2,401 votes.In 2012, the party ran Alex Pires for the US Senate. He received 15,300 votes, or 3.83%. The party also ran 4 candidates for the state legislature. One candidate for State Senate, running in a district with no major party opposition, received 20.1% of the vote. In 2014, the party ran David Graham for attorney general of Delaware against Matthew P. Denn, Ted Kittila, Catherine Damavandi and John Machurek and he received 4,879 for 2.12% of the vote [4]. In 2016, the party endorsed Republican Party presidential nominee Donald Trump for President.[5]

Gubernatorial Election Results[edit]

2000 Floyd Mcdowell Sr. 3,271 1.1% [6]
2004 Frank Infante 12,203 2.9% [7]

Senate Election Results[edit]

2002 Maurice Barros 996 0.43% [8]
2006 Karen M. Hartley-Nagle 5,769 2.2% [9]
2010 Glenn Miller 8,201 2.67% [10]
2012 Alex Pires 15,300 3.83% [11]

Attorney General Election Results[edit]

2010 Doug Camp 54,503 21.1% [12]
2014 David Graham 4,879 2.12% [13]

Platform[edit]

The preamble outlines the party's goals: "The Independent Party of Delaware is dedicated to reform of government at all levels in the Greater Public Interest through election of independent alternative candidates" [14]

Political positions[edit]

The Independent Party of Delaware supports laissez-faire capitalism, limited government and supports a clean and healthy environment.

Economic policies[edit]

The party`s plan for economic development includes fair and simplified taxation, decrease government spending, sustainable energy, business incubators and the elimination of unnecessary regulations.

Social issues[edit]

The Independent Party of Delaware supports the reconstruction of Delaware`s Family Court system.

Government Reform[edit]

The main issue of the Independent Party of Delaware is government reform as Delaware is 48th in public integrity [15]. The party supports term limits, the elimination of "Pet Projects", major revisions of the Delaware Public Integrity Code, lobbying control, public campaign financing, general elections for Delaware`s judiciary and other government reforms.

Crime[edit]

The party supports alternative sentencing for nonviolent crimes instead of expensive prison overcrowding and support the independence of the parole and pardoning process.

Environment[edit]

The Independent Party supports sustainable and renewable energy through free market means, improving Delaware`s water quality from being 90% impaired and preserving Delaware`s farms.

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