With the mayoral race narrowed down to Republican Carl DeMaio and Democrat Bob Filner, the question remains on who will receive the independent votes that would have gone to third place finisher, Assemblyman Nathan Fletcher.
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In April, a group of local businessmen and women announced they were changing their political affiliation to independent. This came after Fletcher left the Republican Party.
"We are no longer willing to accept the partisan gamesmanship," said Scott Dickey of Competitor Group Inc., during a press conference in April to announce the "Movement to the Middle," which advocates "an end to the relentless divisiveness and bitter partisan battles that have caused gridlock in government."
On the group's website, their motto states: "I am not a Democrat. I am not a Republican. I am an American."
Dane Chapin, founder of Zephyr Partners, helped spearhead the movement. They endorsed Fletcher during the primary.
"Obviously, I'm disappointed," Chapin said.
It is unclear which candidate, if any, the group plans to support in November.
"It's still way early to see if we'll endorse," Chapin said. "I think we'd like to use our influence to see if we can get them
to at least have dialogue and try to find some common ground with our principles."
There is a long list of those who support the movement, from community leaders to business executives. Names and titles of supporters are listed on their website.
According to the latest 10News scientific poll, at least 11 percent of voters are still undecided. The independent vote is critical.
"I think it's going to get pretty polarized," said Chapin. "We've got two figures that are from completely opposite ends of the political spectrum."
Now, the movement says they will regroup. Even without their candidate, they will continue to push the independent vote.
"It doesn't undermine or diminish our enthusiasm for moving forward with this movement," Chapin said.
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