Ian Gilyeat - Independent
If you've been following the race for the U.S. Senate, you know that the deadline for submitting petitions to qualify for the ballot was May 30th. In spite of the hard work of many volunteers, all across the state, we did not obtain the required number of signatures. The amount necessary was 31,210. As a result, after much conversation and consideration, I am withdrawing my name as a candidate.
Although the outcome is disappointing, I want to give my deepest thanks to those that have supported me. This is a great
country and it will continue to shine forth, as a standard of liberty
across the globe, because of individual people like you. It is widely
known that America is one of the most generous nations on earth. This
has been my experience as well... while running for public office; loyal and hard working Americans
have been generous with their time, their talents, enthusiasm and
resources. It is humbling and remarkable how many have been willing to
stand with me, even against the popular pressure of parties and
I hope each of us will carry this spirit of sacrifice and
service forward through the remainder of this election cycle - and into
many more in the future. I hope we will each study out the candidates and
choose one that is deeply grounded in the Constitution - someone who
comes from the private sector and understands and loves the principles
of limited government - even those principles that defend our property,
our lives and our individual freedoms.
We need to send the career politicians home. along with their attitude that government can solve our problems. We need to find individuals who will protect our ability to succeed or fail on our own merits. We need individual liberty to fulfill our destiny as a nation. We need to fire the people that have been in Washington, making a career of meddling in people's lives. I hope we will all work to elect honest men and women who care most deeply about these self-evident truths.
With one million+ registered voters in Arizona that are outside of the
traditional parties, this means that one in three registered voters are
"Independent." This is what I call the "great unraveling" of the
two-party system in America. Simply put - registered voters are
abandoning the parties. Please join me and work on your elected
officials to eliminate the barriers they have erected to prevent
independent citizens from running for public office. Ask them to change
the signature requirement for "independents" so they too only have to
gather 1/2 of 1% instead of the 3% that is now required. Also, ask them
eliminate the 1 cent per record fee that "independents" must pay to
access voter registration rolls versus no cost for party candidates. If
we expect the political process to engage all voters then we must knock
down the barriers the "privileged class" have erected to protect their
privileged life styles.