To the editor of THE EAGLE:
The Berkshire Eagle hit the nail on the head when it noted the continuing demise of the Republican Party ("Bad news for state GOP," editorial, Oct. 6). I’m convinced that waiting around for the Republican Party to change -- unlikely to happen anytime soon -- is the wrong direction. The real focus should be recognizing the growing independent voter preference and movement which is coalescing in Massachusetts.
There’s a reason why when I talk to voters around the state this focus is resonating so much. This is where the vast majority of voters are -- and not just the 53 percent of independent Massachusetts voters who choose to be "unenrolled," not tied to either Democrats or Republicans. To dismiss this majority thinking and mindset is to stymie progress, innovation and majority preference.
Like Maine before us -- which elected an Independent not once but twice, and in 2012 sent an Independent to the U.S. Senate -- I believe Massachusetts will follow suit by electing more smart, pragmatic Independents to statewide office. Voters -- as well as our entire democracy in Massachusetts --will benefit as a result.
The writer is the United Independent candidate for governor of Massachusetts.