Running a campaign with a set party that has budgets, a recognized name, and a cool symbol is what tends to get public attention. But just as important are those who run unaffiliated, without the aid of a large party. What drives delegates to run an unaffiliated campaign is a subject that is rarely explored.
According to Matthew Kogan, who is running unaffiliated for Youth Governor, when a candidate from a small delegation runs for an important position while affiliated with a party, they’re most likely going to be running with a candidate from a large delegation. This means that inevitably, the candidate from the small delegation will not make the top 5 and general election due to the large delegation voting for their own candidate within that party.
Kogan and others say that small delegations rarely benefit from political parties. Bigger delegations, they say, don’t struggle with the party system, giving them more opportunities.
“Political parties have their own funding for rallies, they have set times for meetings, and a whole other group of people are running their campaigns,” says Kogan. “I am pretty much in charge of my own campaign, with a small campaign team from my delegation.”
If elected, Kogan has a plan to help small delegations get access to new resources so they don’t feel, “disenfranchised by the political party system.” One idea is to give unaffiliated candidates the same benefits as a normal party by having set times for rallies, access to posters, banners, and even a social media platform. “This way the burden wouldn’t be put on the unaffiliated candidate,” Kogan said.