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A Minor Change in Political Concept, But Profound in the Positive Ways Our Lives Will Be Affected

Open Letter to all Voters

About Ohio Congressional District One and Your Vote

in the Populist Voter Majority

By Rich Stevenson ©August 26, 2006

Interim Acting Chair of the Hamilton County OHIVA

IVA Leadership I am a lifelong populist nonpartisan voter and populist political activist who was an active Reform Party leader. I was a delegate to the 1997, 1998, 1999, and “Real 2000 Reform Party conventions. In 2000 at Long Beach, CA, John Hagelin/Nat Goldhaber were nominated as the Presidential candidate pair. I was also a delegate to the 2000 Natural Law Party/Reform Party Coalition Convention in Washington DC where John Hagelin/Nat Goldhaber were confirmed as coalition nominees of both parties. The national Reform Party was badly splintered through the misdeeds of Pat Buchanan and top leaders within the Reform Party. Many Reform Party members lost their party, myself included. Pat Buchanan, a Republican double agent, radicalized and split my Ohio Reform Party.

I was elected to the Central Committee of the Reform Party of Ohio from Congressional District One in 1998. I served on the Central committee from 1998 to 2000. By 2000 the party was divided in half by conflicts over social issues. I chose to leave the party. 

Public service: I was on your ballot for Ohio District One Representative to the U.S. Congress on November 7, 2000 as a Natural Law Party candidate. I did not get enough signatures to get on the ballot in 2002, 2004, 2006 and 2008 as a populist nonpartisan. The Republican incumbent and a Democrat were the only candidates on the OH One ballot in those four Election Years. The bipartisan monopoly won all four years. I was on your ballot in 2004 and 2008 as a Write-In, but not in 2006. The 2006 write-in deadline was changed by OH HB3, effective late in the year, June 1, 2006. The bipartisan monopoly tricked nonpartisan candidates and my campaign again. My 2008 campaign played a minor role in defeating the seven term Career Incumbent. All of my speeches and debate appearances talked of the need to defeat Career Incumbent public office holders.

2010: My 2010 campaign for Congress OH 1 was begun in December 2008 with updated web pages and campaign materials. Election day is November 02, 2010. Web pages: Citizens for Stevenson. I am on the November ballot this year, 2010.

I will campaign with the same nonpartisan values and issues.  When elected, I will be a populist statesman lobbying for the nonpartisan individual interests of all citizens. I am on the Green Party ballot this year. The ballot access petition was completed and submitted on February 17, 2010 with more than the 25 required valid petition signatures needed for minor party Congressional candidates. The Green Party is on the ballot for the first time in history. Please request a Green Ballot at the May 4, 2010 Primary Election in May. Thank you for your Green Party support. Thanks for your November vote for Stevenson.

Election of the President: I supported Ralph Nader in 2000, 2004 and 2008, as the only cohesive populist nonpartisan voice in the Presidential elections. His message, vastly unheard, was one of unity of the nonpartisan populist masses. I have been an Ohio Green Party member and Central Committee participant since 2002. Nonpartisan for fifty years!

President Barack Obama may or may not make any noticeable change during his years served as President. I stand ready to applaud any success he may have in solving our nation's problems.

Open Presidential Debates: I am personally committed to vote for any qualified populist nonpartisan or minor party candidate I find on my ballot. Presidential debates with Ralph Nader and other ballot qualified candidates in every Presidential debate in 2004 and 2008, would have given voters a realistic discussion of the real issues and a means to consider a vote for one of several less well known ballot qualified candidates. With open debates we could have had a competitive election between more than two candidates. We could have inaugurated a person of great integrity, someone like Ralph Nader, to become our nonpartisan President in January 2009! Someone not influenced (bought) by special interests!

Instant Runoff Voting: Everyone could have voted for their first choice if Instant Runoff Voting (IRV) had been used in the year 2000, 2004 and 2008 elections. With IRV there would be no “spoiler candidate. We all would have been able to cast preferential votes on every candidate in the election to select the new President. In the IRV system, all of your votes (yes, that is plural) would have meaning. Unfortunately, we all had just one vote to cast for President in the uncertain elections of 2000, 2004 and 2008. The two parties won. We lost. (Top of Page) (Strategy)

I am very disappointed that King George II was selected to the Presidency, both times. I oppose monarchy and hereditary rule in our democratic republic. The Presidency was purchased like a dollar store trinket. Sadly, the same statement would apply if Gore or Kerry had become President. A partisan Supreme Court broke the line of Presidential succession in 2000 for the first time in U.S. history. The system remains broken at this point in our history.

The re-selection of Bush was beyond rational contemplation. It seems to me that Bush would not have been elected President in 2000 if his brother had not been Governor of Florida. The coincidence is too great to avoid intense historical inquiry. More bipartisan election tampering took place in 2004, with Ohio becoming 2004's Florida. The election seemed to be fixed by the Republican Secretary of State, who was also George Bush's Campaign Manager. That was a huge conflict of interest that should have precluded him from involvement in the Bush campaign.

Clean Elections: Fixing elections threatens to become an increasingly flagrant bipartisan habit. Polarization grows. Voters divided by support of extreme values, helped to select Bush, in a very hate-based values war. Each half of the electorate has been taught to disrespect the deeply held values of the other half. The negatives muddy a steep slope slipping slowly toward eventual intolerance, confrontation, and violence. Free speech and tolerance are being challenged to a duel. Bush and the religious right are leading our republic slowly toward a religious Civil War. We are looking more and more like Northern Ireland and warring ethnic factions in divided Yugoslavia. We must get back to reason and law to stabilize our political process. (Top of Page) (Strategy)

To regain representation for the average citizen we must avoid election of Democrats or Republicans. Both parties are destructively bipartisan, as seen in the legal battle over the Presidency in Florida and Ohio. Both parties are a part of the over 200-year-old entrenched monopoly two-party system. Some would correctly say “dictatorship. Both parties rob our citizens of access and representation within legislative bodies and executive branches of government throughout the United States. populist nonpartisans like you and me need to gain democratic control of our republic to create political change. We must do more than mere voting. We must elect populist nonpartisan candidates to public office.

About 85% of registered voters are populist nonpartisans — as in District One. Jesse Ventura, Governor of Minnesota, won his office as mayor (75% of the vote) and his office as governor by attracting more registered and unregistered voters to the polls. Jesse won the Governor's election with 37% of the vote. The 65% voter turnout was 20% higher than any other election in the country in 1998. Forty-one percent (41%) of Ventura's votes were from new voters, registered on Election Day. Nonpartisan independents are at least 74% of 115,000,000 registered voters nationwide. In addition, another 100,000,000 age eligible populist nonpartisans are not registered to vote. Altogether, there are roughly 175,000,000 (77%) potential populist nonpartisan voters for populist nonpartisan and minor party candidates compared to roughly 40,000,000 potential bipartisan “majority party likely voters.

Nonpartisan independent candidates are likely to win any election with a 65% or more voter turnout. Most elections have a turnout of far below 50% of registered voters (115,000,000 U.S. total) and 0% of unregistered age-eligible voters (100,000,000 U.S. total). Participation of 65% can elect new leaders 100% of the time. We are the 99.999%. We can occupy elections and win.

Nonpartisan voters can easily put any candidate they choose into every public office in our republic. One problem is education to let populist nonpartisans know that their votes already determine the winner in every election. All elections. Together, we have a reason to become politically active. We can elect populist nonpartisan candidates to public office. Every election.

A second problem is highly restrictive ballot access laws that exist at some level in all fifty states. To make the election of nonpartisan leaders easier, we can increase voter turnout and voter registration. We can all learn to circulate ballot access petitions, to become active citizens. Moreover, we can find reasonably good nonpartisan candidates for the numerous public offices we want to win. We can circulate ballot access petitions to put our candidates onto the ballot.

The Power of One Vote: The American people must be educated to discover the extreme lack of popular support for the Democratic and Republican parties. Both parties are well financed by special interests and they make a lot of noise on TV and Radio. In the quiet of the voting booth their power is zero. Each citizen has the power of one vote. We must all learn to use the power of our single vote to gain representation in OH District One and in districts all over our republic. Your single vote is the key to the power you share with other citizens.

There are no major parties in our republic, only two dominant minor parties. Both dominant parties are bullies with bragging rights. Each voter can fire the bullies. Each voter can have real friends in high places. Those friends are populist nonpartisan and minor party candidates from our communities. Vote for those people-friendly candidates to have a voice in your governments — local, state and national. Be a polling place participant on Election Days.

Winning 10% to 40% of all public offices all over our republic by qualified populist nonpartisan and minor party candidates can be done. To be free of the destructive bipartisan power struggle between the DNC & RNC and to connect government back to our people, it must be done.


We can take our political process back from special interests that have purchased power over our governments from the DNC and the RNC, the Democrats and Republicans. Vote for self term-limited, non-career nonpartisan candidates for public office. (Top of Page) (Strategy)

Solutions to many of our persistent problems can be accomplished by scaling down big money corruption in our political process. To move toward representative government we must eliminate soft money and PAC money from all political campaigns. We can have a more democratic republic.

Nonpartisan Clean Government Strategy: We can elect populist nonpartisans, 44 in the U.S. House and 10 in the U.S. Senate = 10%, to end bipartisan majority control of Congress. Bipartisan warfare over majority control of the U.S. House and the U.S. Senate would end immediately. Without a legislative majority, incumbent Democrats and Republicans would have to work with moderate populist nonpartisans to legislate to solve our long term national problems in the light of day. Real solutions have been blocked for decades by the corrupt special interest influence of money on all Congressional legislation. Legislation bought by money from special interest lobbyists is a prominent long term feature of the Career Incumbent Washington Culture that corrupts our bipartisan two-party system. Bipartisan incumbent crimes have been well hidden from public view for many decades.

With your participation, our populist nonpartisan SUPER MAJORITY can show the world. We can elect public servants we choose who will legislate to represent a majority of our people. Clean elections!


To preserve fragile freedom and our democratic republic we must elect new people to public office to replace bipartisan incumbents, as often as possible, and with as many newly elected nonpartisan private citizens as possible. Clean government!

When elected, nonpartisans will work night and day for a more democratic republic. Vote for nonpartisans. You will have your populist nonpartisan voice heard in Congress and in other public offices.

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