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Well gee, we have a third political party in the U.S. and most of us didn’t know it. As it turns out, the Forward Party, has announced that it will hold its first-ever National State Leads Summit in Aurora, Colorado on June 22-25.

It says that its grassroots party leaders will gather in Colorado under the theme “The Future is Forward: A Better Vision for America”. The goal for the summit, say party leaders, is for state leaders to establish the Forward Party as a major party to rival the Republicans and Democrats.

The roughly 300 state leaders and volunteers will be joined by “a diverse contingent of prominent figures from the political, business, entertainment, and media worlds.”

Reuters reported in July, 2022 that a new third political party had organized, consisting of former Republicans and Democrats dissatisfied with “America’s dysfunctional two-party system”.

The Forward Party, also known simply as Forward (FWD), calls itself a centrist political party. It seeks to have affiliates with ballot access in 29 other states by 2023 and ballot access in all 50 states by 2024.

In less than a year, it has gained some level of party recognition in six states (CA, FL, ME, NC, NV, TX),  and says that it has people at work in other states gathering signatures and registering voters in order to gain legal recognition and ballot access.

“This summit is America’s first chance to see how a new kind of politics can work for them,” said party Co-Chair and former Governor Christine Todd Whitman. “Political conventions have become theater, with decisions pushed down on the voters without their input. But the Forward Party is leading from the ground up, and this summit reflects our commitment to putting power back in the hands of the people.”

“This summit reflects our deep commitment to building a party from the ground up,” said Managing Director for Communities and Building, Joel Searby. “From an organizing committee elected by the state leads themselves, to the choice of Aurora, Colorado, as the location, this is a movement rooted in our communities, not Washington, D.C.”

“I can’t wait to be in a room full of some of democracy’s newest and brightest leaders,” said party Co-Chair Andrew Yang. “People are hungry for a new and better politics in America, and that’s exactly what people can expect to see at our Summit in Colorado. This will be a historic moment for American politics, and a turning point for our country.”

Colorado State Lead Curtis Harrison says “I’m excited to meet people from all across the country and build consensus for our path forward as a new kind of political party. Planning this summit has given me incredible hope and inspiration that we’ll be able to make the change America needs.”