Current IP Highlights


A blog post from Chair Phil Fuehrer on what separates the IP from the old establishment parties.

Candidate Petition Filings

After 2 weeks of scorching heat and some torrential rain our candidates turned in their petition signatures to be placed onto the ballot.

William Denney, for Secretary of State, turned in 2399 signatures (2000 valid needed) while our CD8 candidate Ray “Skip” Sandman turned in about 1400 (1000 valid needed).  We now await official verification but the overage of each candidate should be plenty.

William Denney Endorsed for Secretary of State

William Denney was endorsed by acclimation in his race for Secretary of State.  State Chair Phil Fuehrer noted that a return to major party status will rest on the Denney campaign. “If there is any office that calls out for a third voice to administer it is Secretary of State and the IP is the centrist, good-government choice for that office,” he said.

Give Minnesota three choices at the ballot box.  Vote William Denney and return the IP to major party status.

Ray "Skip" Sandman Endorsed for open CD8 seat

With incumbent Rick Nolan retiring and really NO other strong pro-environment candidate, this seat is ripe for our own Skip Sandman.  Among his proposals, Skip is running on protecting the state’s waters, opposing the PolyMet copper-sulfide mine and expanding higher education availability.

“The IP continues to attract quality candidates. Skip Sandman gives CD8 voters a true independent choice for this open seat,” noted Phil Fuehrer, IP State Chair.

The IP "In the News"

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Upcoming Events

Upcoming events of interest:

  • State Executive Committee Meeting, Sunday, July 1
  • State Fair Booth, August 23 through September 3
  • General Election, Tuesday, November 6

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In 1992, a group of Minnesota citizens established a brand new political party—the Independence Party. These bold, visionary citizens were not part of the political elite, captains of industry, or members of the idle rich looking to fill some time. They were ordinary citizens whose disgust with constant budget deficits, big money special interest influence, and extreme ideological dominance forced them to action.

Twenty five year later those same frustrations have only grown worse.  The Independence Party continues its work to solving the issues and giving Minnesotans a true voice.


Our philosophy is that the only wasted vote is the one cast for something you don’t want. If you’re voting the “lesser of two evils” then you’re wasting your vote.  Vote your conscience and it’s never a wasted vote.

We’ve always stood for government and election/campaign finance reform. We still do. There was a time when it was fair to say we didn’t stand for a whole lot more. That has changed. We’ve put flesh to bone and now cover more than 10 broad topic areas with both overarching philosophies in those areas as well as directly related planks.  At your leisure please read more about our principles and our platform.

We are always looking for potential candidates – from city council or park board to U.S. Senate.  Contact us and we’ll talk about what your best “fit” might be.


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