This page left up for archival purposes. Jerry ended the campaign on August 1st as is no longer a candidate in Pennsylvania's 12th district.
Repairing our broken politics is a national priority. Here's how we're going to do it.
A Declaration of Independents
As growing partisanship threatens to deepen the divides in our country, we join together as political independents to declare five common principles that we believe can unite a new movement to repair our politics and restore the American dream for future generations.
First, we put the public interest ahead of any partisan or special interest.
Government should represent “We, the people” — not the party leaders or those who can buy access to power. As independents, we believe good governance is about rising above petty partisanship and putting the people first.
Second, we use common sense and find common ground to solve problems.
We reject today’s zero sum politics and desire to work together with Democrats and Republicans in an inclusive and civil manner to get things done. As independents, we think for ourselves, understand different perspectives, follow the facts, identify root causes, offer new ideas, and make logical decisions.
Third, we stand for the timeless values of opportunity, equality, and stewardship.
We want to empower every American to realize their full potential, uphold equal rights for all under the law, and ultimately leave a stronger country for the next generation. As independents, we believe in both fiscal and environmental responsibility.
Fourth, we champion competition, transparency, and accountability in politics.
We seek to rebuild Americans’ trust in government by holding ourselves to the highest standards of honor and honesty and by fixing the broken incentives that contribute to political dysfunction. As independents, we support reforms to ensure our political process truly represents the people — including the way we draw district lines, fund campaigns, and run elections.
Fifth, we believe in the shared responsibility of civic engagement.
As Americans, we understand it is our civic duty to be informed and engaged on important issues. As independents, we encourage increased citizen participation in our political process and in service to our country.
PA-12 Independent Congressional Candidate Jerry Kairnes Signs ‘Declaration of Independents’
Kairnes Declares Repairing Broken Politics a National Priority
Williamsport, PA –– Jerry Kairnes of Cogan Station, PA announced today that he has signed “A Declaration of Independents” authored by the group Unite America, a group that aims to get Independents elected throughout the country. “Our neighbors are tired of politics as usual and of candidates who seek election simply to become automatic red or blue votes. I’m different; I actually want to see our nation’s biggest challenges solved, and I proved that today with my signature and my pledge”.
Kairnes, who launched an Independent Congressional campaign challenging four-term PA-10 Incumbent Tom Marino on February 1st, found himself redrawn into the new PA-12 Congressional district, as did the incumbent Marino. “I launched my campaign because of the complete absence of leadership demonstrated during the government shutdown by the candidates running for Congress in our district,” said Kairnes.
Kairnes says the principles put forth on the Declaration are just common sense. “Who could argue against putting the public interest ahead of partisan or special interests?” said Kairnes. “It’s just common sense to expect our representatives in government to work civilly with both Democrats and Republicans to get things done.”
Kairnes says his common sense campaign is a call to action to those in the district who seek to fix our nation’s broken politics and restore the American dream for future generations of Americans. “The major parties have proven they can’t get the job done. It doesn’t matter which holds power in Washington; once elected to the majority they place winning the next majority as their top priority. What our nation needs are leaders with the courage to do what is in the best, long-term interests of our Republic.”
He says that if elected he will be a champion of environmental and economic stewardship. “We’ve got to be prepared to pay for whatever services we expect and demand and government and not pass along the tab to our own kids and grandkids. Good environmental stewardship is essentially the same issue, we can’t use up a resource today and expect the true cost of which to be paid by future generations,” said Kairnes. “There is no such thing as a free lunch and it’s about time we started acting like it.
He’s running because of a sense of civic duty and promises transparency.. “I believe we all share a responsibility to participate in our our governance in whatever way we are best able. Our campaign will only accept campaign contributions from individuals, not from political action committees, special interests, lobbyists, or unions, nor will we accept more than $250 from anyone who doesn’t live in the district and who won’t have a vote in the November election.” said Kairnes. “If elected, folks will never question whether my vote was for sale.”
Those interested in learning more or signing up can visit www.JerryKairnes.com.
PAID FOR BY KAIRNES FOR CONGRESS