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The need for a third party is now critical
(Letter to Editor from CD 1 Chair, Tom Marpe)

The current political divide illustrates the extreme need for a strong third party to bring the left and the right to the center, where most of the electorate is. Neither the Democrat nor the Republican parties currently represent the views of most of the American people. Let’s look at some issues for examples.

Need for a political third party: According to a Gallup Poll, 62% of Americans think we need a third party.

Term limits: 79-81% of Americans support term limits.

Disclosure of political contributions: Most Americans support disclosure of all political contributions.

Tax reform: Most Americans feel higher-income individuals should pay more and the tax system should be simpler.

Election reforms: Most Americans feel we should have a higher voting rate and support same-day registration, expanding mail-in voting, and overturning Citizens United.

Minimum Wage: 76% of Americans support raising the federal minimum wage.

One third party that is growing is the Alliance Party, which reflects most of the American views shown above.

Independence-Alliance endorsed candidates on your November ballot!

The Independence-Alliance has four candidates endorsed for this November’s election.  Everyone will have at least one candidate on their ballot with many having two and some having three.

We have one statewide candidate running for governor; Hugh McTavish. Hugh is a Ph.D. biochemist as well as a practicing patent attorney. He has authored 18 peer-reviewed journal articles and is the inventor on 21 patents. He is CEO of two MN pharmaceutical companies that he started from his own inventions; one for a cancer drug, and another for a treatment that prevents cold sores.

The cancer drug invention came as an outgrowth of his own battle with cancer. It was an improvement on the drugs and treatment he received. He invented the cold sore treatment in order to treat his own frequent cold sores. So, Hugh has a history of taking personal adversity and turning it into a positive.  He has now set his sights on fixing the problems of politics in Minnesota.  His Lt. Gov. is Teamsters Steward and truck driver Mike Winter.

Many of you will have two endorsed choices on the ballot. For State Representative 5B (Staples, Wadena & Long Prairie), we have Gregg Hendrickson. Gregg is a US Army Veteran, has a business degree, and decades of experience in business management, finance, marketing and sales. He is running “heads-up” against a Republican (the DFL did not run a candidate).  If you’re in 5B you can vote for Gregg and Hugh!

If you live in Hennepin County you can vote for Hugh McTavish and Joseph Banks for County Sheriff. Banks has served in the Nat’l Guard and has more than 20 years of experience in law enforcement including serving as Police Chief for the Lower Sioux Community, City of Morton and the Upper Sioux Community.

And, if you live in the City of Shorewood (Hennepin County) you’ll be able to vote for three; Hugh McTavish, Joseph Banks and Guy Sanschagrin for Shorewood City Council. Guy has lived in Shorewood for over 17 years and is a certified public accountant (CPA).

Be sure to vote, early or on November 8th, and vote for you IP-endorsed Candidates: Hugh McTavish for Governor, Gregg Hendrickson for State Rep 5B, Joseph Banks for Henn Cty Sheriff and Guy Sanschagrin for Shorewood City Council.

Op-Ed Commentary Response: Vote for the Candidates You Support

Recently, an op-ed writer wrote of third parties as spoilers. IP State Chair Phil Fuehrer has written a response encouraging people to vote for the candidates they support.

What do you get when you vote for alternative candidates? You get more voices in the system, more choices at the ballot box and a better chance at a truly responsive and representative government.

IP Blog Entry: COVID-19 Spectrum of Leadership Decisions; Not “Correct” or “Incorrect” Answers

Read our newest IP Blog entry. Written by State Chair Phil Fuehrer on leadership decision-making spectrums:

Politics, like life, is complicated, as is leadership. As much as partisans on both sides of the liberal/conservative aisle would like to convince us otherwise there is rarely a directly “correct” or “wrong” answer or decision. Instead, there is more often a spectrum of decisions, each with…

You can read the full blog here.

Upcoming Events

Upcoming events of interest:

  • Election Day, Tuesday, November 8 – Be sure to get out and vote. Our candidates are Hugh McTavish for Governor, Gregg Hendrickson for 5B, Joseph Banks for Hennepin County Sheriff and Guy Sanschagrin for Shorewood City Council.
  • State Executive Committee Meeting, Sunday, November 13 – 1pm, on Zoom, contact us for the meeting link

Email: info@mnip.org for more information on any upcoming event.

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In 1992, a group of Minnesota citizens established a brand new political party—the Independence Party. These bold, visionary citizens were not part of the political elite, captains of industry, or members of the idle rich looking to fill some time. They were ordinary citizens whose disgust with constant budget deficits, big money special interest influence, and extreme ideological dominance forced them to action.

Nearly thirty years later those same frustrations have only grown worse.  Now aligned with a national force, the Independence-Alliance Party continues its work to solving the issues and giving Minnesotans a true voice.


Our philosophy is that the only wasted vote is the one cast for something you don’t want. If you’re voting the “lesser of two evils” then you’re wasting your vote.  Vote your conscience and it’s never a wasted vote.


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