In a recent episode of the “Education First Alliance” podcast, host Sloan Rachmuth diverged from the usual conservative perspective to converse with Patrick Newton, Vice Chair of the North Carolina Forward Party. The episode highlighted the party’s commitment to fostering dialogue and addressing issues from a centrist standpoint.
The discussion was sparked by the North Carolina Democrat Party’s dismissal of a newly formed North Carolina Jewish caucus, leading to a strong response from the North Carolina Forward Party. Newton emphasized the party’s rejection of bigotry from both sides and its dedication to creating a more inclusive political landscape.
Founded in 2022 by Andrew Yang and Christie Todd Whitman, the North Carolina Forward Party aims to provide an alternative to the polarized two-party system. Newton discussed the party’s focus on electoral reform, particularly advocating for ranked-choice voting as a means to encourage more moderate and centrist perspectives.
Despite facing challenges in the 2023 elections, with no Forward Party candidates securing victories, Newton highlighted the party’s progress on a national scale, with six elected officials in various states. The party positions itself as a nonpartisan force seeking solutions through electoral reform rather than adhering to traditional partisan politics.
Newton addressed the issue of unaffiliated voters in North Carolina, pointing out that over 2.6 million individuals have chosen not to align with either major party. He urged individuals to consider becoming unaffiliated voters to break away from the extreme partisanship that dominates the current political landscape.
The conversation also touched on the party’s strategic approach to running candidates in left-leaning areas, challenging the dominance of major parties, and advocating for a more inclusive political process. Newton emphasized the importance of unaffiliated voters in sending a message to both major parties about the need for representation that aligns with the moderate majority.
In the latter part of the podcast, the discussion shifted to education, with Newton bringing up a case in Florida where parents expressed concerns about art being labeled as pornographic material in a school. While Rachmuth expressed skepticism about the reported incident, Newton emphasized the need for transparency and evidence in addressing such issues.
As the North Carolina Forward Party continues its push for electoral reform and a more inclusive political system, it remains to be seen how its message resonates with voters and influences the broader political landscape.