We created the brand “Meet in the Middle” as a response to our belief that the gerrymandering of congressional districts has given America’s political extremes, on either side of the aisle, a disproportionate voice in selecting our representatives.
In our conversations with candidates, we implore them to address the concerns of “purple” voters rather than pander to their party’s extremes. Fortunately, we live in an "open primary" state and can vote, regardless of previous party affiliation, in the Republican’s March primary and influence races where the primary will decide, in all likelihood, the election.
Crossing party lines to vote in a primary is not new. In 2008, Republicans crossed over and voted in the Democratic Primary for then Sen. Barack Obama in order to deny Hillary Clinton the Democratic nomination. Our community is best served when the community's voice is loud, not meek.
This letter is not an endorsement for or against any individual candidate, but a plea to all registered voters to make your voices heard on Primary Day.
Sam Collins III