Why An Independent

I am running as a Pragmatic Independent because that’s the only way I can put our community first -- ahead of political party bosses and special interests.

      My name is Maile Foster and I'm running as a Pragmatic Independent because that’s the only way we can put our community first -- ahead of political party bosses and special interests. The system is broken. And while there might be three people in this race, you have two choices: Waste your vote by supporting a Democrat or Republican and continue to get dysfunction and gridlock -- much like we saw during the 2017 Special Session, or help shake things up; join my campaign and elect a Pragmatic Independent who won’t have to answer to party bosses or special interests. I am only beholden to you, my constituents.

      Wouldn’t it be nice to be represented in the State House by someone who’s not beholden to a political party, but rather, by someone committed to making sure the politicians get to work and do their job? Democrats and Republicans haven’t been able to do that for some time now.

      I hope to earn your support and that you'll join me in sending Denver a message.


      As an Independent, I have joined other Independents across the state that are supported by Unite Colorado by signing a Declaration of Independence. This Declaration is a statement of my values and promise to my constituents.

      A Declaration of Independents

      As growing partisanship threatens to deepen the divides in our state, we join together as political independents to declare five common principles that we believe can unite a new movement to repair our politics and restore the American dream for future generations.

      • First, we put the public interest ahead of any partisan or special interest.
        • Government should represent “We, the people” –– not the party bosses or those who can buy access to power. As independents, we believe good governance is about rising above petty partisanship and putting the people first. 
      • Second, we use common sense and find common ground to solve problems.
        • We reject today’s zero sum politics and desire to work together with Democrats and Republicans in an inclusive and civil manner to get things done. As independents, we think for ourselves, understand different perspectives, follow the facts, identify root causes, offer new ideas, and make logical decisions.
      • Third, we stand for the timeless values of opportunity, equality, and stewardship.
        • We want to empower every Coloradan to realize their full potential, uphold equal rights for all under the law, and ultimately leave a stronger country for the next generation. As independents, we believe in both fiscal and environmental responsibility.
      • Fourth, we champion integrity, transparency, and accountability in politics.
        • We seek to rebuild Coloradans’ trust in government by holding ourselves to the highest standards of honor and honesty and by fixing the broken incentives that contribute to political dysfunction. As independents, we support reforms to ensure our political process truly represents the people –– including the way we draw district lines, fund campaigns, and run elections.
      • Fifth, we believe in the shared responsibility of civic engagement.
        • As Americans, we understand it is our civic duty to be informed and engaged on important issues. As independents, we encourage increased citizen participation in our political process and in service to our country.