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Andrew Yang speaks at the Asian American Business Development Center 20th Anniversary Outstanding 50 Asian Americans in Business Awards Gala at Cipriani Wall Street in New York, NY on September 15, 2021.

A group of Democrats and Republicans have broken from their respective political allegiances to form what they’re describing as a more middle-of-the-road political party, offering an alternative voice to the gridlock and polarization in Washington. 

Dubbed the Forward Party, founders David Jolly, Christine Todd Whitman and Andrew Yang, writing in the Washington Post, say the country needs a new political party that speaks to the “moderate, common-sense majority,” rather than the “fringes” of both mainstream parties. All former officeholders plus a presidential candidate (Yang), the trio say the party will advocate for election reform, tackling issues such as “ranked-choice voting … open primaries, the end of gerrymandering … and nationwide protection of voting rights.” 

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