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California Association of Political Centrists (CAPC) is a non-partisan political association that supports candidates and public policies that encourage the development of free enterprise, limited government and individual liberty while protecting the public good. Its mission is to foster “across the aisle” cooperation and true representation of the voting majority viewpoint at the local and state level. CAPC is not a third party but an organization that supports the centrist viewpoints of Democrats, Republicans and Decline to States.
CAPC believes it is the duty of government representatives to work with fellow elected officials at all levels for the common good. CAPC is dedicated to supporting candidates and legislation that provide reasonable and pragmatic solutions to the myriad of issues currently facing California citizens. It supports needed government reform such as open primaries and redistricting.
It is opposed to the abuse of government by representatives that offer legislation that is self-serving or intended to aid in reelection rather than in the public interest. It does not support candidates, propositions or policies that enable the agenda of special interest groups while sacrificing the common good of the general public.
CAPC will publicly rank candidates against the CAPC mission statement and interest in the welfare of the general population. Candidates must have a track record of working with people of different political backgrounds and must be able to provide letters of recommendation vouching for said track record or have a record of broad spectrum endorsements.
Initiatives and Propositions
CAPC supports initiatives and propositions that support its mission statement and will endorse or oppose for each election cycle.
CAPC is in favor of needed government reform with open primaries and redistricting of primary importance.
Special Interest Groups
Industry PAC’s, unions, religious groups and extreme political ideology are all considered to be special interest groups. CAPC is opposed to the undue influence of special interest groups in the making of public policy.
CAPC Functional Structure
Membership is open to all registered voters who share in the mission and philosophy of the organization.
· General Membership (per household) is $35.00 annually.
· Student Membership is $5.00 annually.
General and Student Membership is subject to the approval of the Executive Board.
Executive Board (Democrats, Republicans and Decline to State “DTS” voters)
The Executive Board is responsible for ruling on the candidate, initiative and proposition rankings and endorsements as suggested by members of the Advisory Council. Members of the Executive Board will initially consist of at least three Republicans and two Democrats or DTS's. Ideally, the Executive Board will have a seven person board with three Republicans, three Democrats and one DTS voter by the 2010 elections.
The Fine Print
CAPC recognizes the importance of sound environmental policies for the long term sustainability of our state. It believes that personal opinions on a woman’s right to choose have no bearing on day-to-day government operations and individual beliefs on this issue should be respected. It also believes that Federal mandates should be supported with Federal dollars.