Veterans for Political Innovation
State Leaders are on-the-ground advocates for election innovations in their home states. The situation on the ground is different in each state. For example, some innovations happen in the state legislatures while other changes can happen at the ballot box.
"Every day, I see our nation tearing itself apart from the inside out. As a Marine Veteran, I know what it takes to work together as a team, and I have great confidence our country can push forward to a time when the fundamentals of our Republic once again guide our path. Our Founders wished for this to be a nation where liberty--not political parties--was our motivation, and we must do whatever it takes to honor those ideals."
"My most pressing goal is to decrease the impact of rampaging political polarization on readiness in the military. To achieve this, I would like to create a safe space for military personnel to discuss their political beliefs. Granted, this will be tricky for a number of reasons. Primarily, military personnel are prohibited from being partisan - for good reason - and second, if such a space were created, the optics of it could produce angst in the civilian population. However, whether we admit it or not, the military is being polarized. The creation of this safe space will enable an exchange of differing viewpoints, which is critical to reduce polarization and build stronger, more cohesive teams."
Carlos De Castro Pretelt
U.S. Army Veteran
"I am convinced that working to fix our broken political system is the most important thing I can do right now. I want to inspire other veterans in Virginia to join me in this mission."
U.S. Navy Veteran