"Jeff Peters, 2000 presidential candidate, hits the trail with reform message"
February 25, 1999 – written by Tom Nash, Publisher
Ridgefield Press, Ridgefield, Connecticut
Ridgefield’s Jeffrey Peters, candidate for president in 2000, is on the road.
"It’s our country and we want it back!" is the rallying call of his new national political party We The People.
Peters, a longtime resident of Ridgefield – now in Jackson, N.H.- and his wife, Catherine, co-founder of We The People, are taking their message on the road, starting with a trip in the new We The People bus from Jackson, N.H., to Jacksonville, Fla.
Mr. and Mrs. Peters only recently moved from Old Barlow Mountain Road to New Hampshire. While in Ridgefield, Mr. Peters ran unsuccessfully for U.S. Congress in 1986. That experience gave him first-hand experience about the need for campaign finance reform, which is at the core of We the People.
"We The People insist on public financing of congressional and presidential elections," Mr. Peters says.
"The evidence is clear, the record $2.2 billion ‘purchase’ of the 1996 election was marked by the lowest voter turnout since 1924. Nearly two –thirds of the eligible voters no longer bother to vote.
‘What was once a bad joke, that we have the best government that money can buy, is now a grim reality," he said.
We The People will tour America and talk to people, asking what they are passionate about, asking what issues are of greatest concern to them, their families and their country, Mr. Peters said in a recent visit to town.
Mr. Peters favors a system that will make voting easier, and proposes modernizing the current system, including allowing people to vote by computer and on weekends.
He would allow free access to television, radio and print to "credible" candidates from September to November.
But he feels that the most important measure is Clean Money Campaign Finance Reform, a system that has been approved by voters for state elections in Maine, Vermont, Arizona and Massachusetts.
We The People itself is a registered political party* in all 50 states, and although Mr. Peters has not yet filed to run for president in 2000, he plans to do so.
He is also planning a "Citizens Action" on April 7 in Washington, D.C. in favor of campaign finance reform. Participants will distribute handbills in the House, Senate, Supreme Court and White House calling for "a redress of grievances."
The founders of We the People say the party welcomes all Americans – independents, Democrats, Republicans, Libertarians, Reform Party supporters, Green Party supporters, and especially non-registered potential new voters.
The We The People bus will be traveling through most of the states on the eastern seaboard on the way to Florida. They expect to reach Florida by mid-March and return to New Hampshire by the end of March, in time to prepare for the April Citizens Action in Washington, D.C.
*Note: We The People (WTP) is registered in all 50 states as either a political party, a not-for-profit corporation, or as a political action committee (PAC).