"My name is Paul Damian Wells and I'm a Voting Rights Activist from Corvallis, Oregon. I'm committed to fair and open elections, where all voters and candidates have an equal opportunity to participate - even those I disagree with. I have been actively involved in "Nonpartisan Election Reform" since 1992 and am currently a candidate for Oregon Secretary of State."
Total Independent: 640,884
Working Families: 11,657
Pacific Green: 9,472
Oregon Voter Registration
Me (Young) in 1992
Me (Old) in 2016
• All candidates – party affiliated and non-affiliated, compete in a single open primary to determine the
top two candidates for each office.
• Political parties are free to endorse individual candidates, but - only
the two best candidates advance to the general election. Nobody qualifies for the general election ballot simply because they’ve been
endorsed by a political party.
• All voters – partisan and independent, participate equally in selecting the
top two candidates at the primary.
TOP TWO (NON-PARTISAN) PRIMARY ELECTIONS
Thank you for offering, but I don't solicit or accept contributions.
Paul Damian Wells
SOS Web Site
Nonetheless, if you're seeking political alternatives - do consider the Independent Voter Project (IVP). They are a national group based in California and, among other things, they are attempting to organize the legal fight for election reform. I am sure they could use your donation. (Link to the left)
You might also consider registering to vote as a member of the Independent Party of Oregon (IPO). To retain major party status and a state financed primary election, at least 5% of Oregon voters must be registered as members. You can change your registration online at the Secretary of State's website.
IVP Web Site
LWV Web Site
The IPO is a mess. The leadership appears to be "Union" Democrats and they apparently don't like my position on organized labor. Like Democrats, I believe government should aggressively attempt to solve our social problems. Unlike Democrats however, I'm convinced that lack of jobs either directly causes or significantly aggravates our problems. I simply don't see how Labor Unions are part of any solution. Unions protect a privileged few at a cost of jobs for many. Nonetheless, the IPO is by far-and-away the most promising alternative available to Oregon voters.
IPO Web Site