PARTISAN+TOP-TWO
A Hybrid Primary = Path to Free and Fair Elections
A NOTE FROM THE AUTHOR

Paul Damian Wells

Welcome, my name is Paul Damian Wells. I’m a voting rights activist from Corvallis, Oregon and I’ve been active in election reform since 1992. I’m 58 years old and I’ve been voting since I was 18. I have lived my entire life in the United States - but in 40 years of voting, I’ve never participated in a free election for President. I’ve also never voted in a free election for Governor, U.S. Senator, U.S. Representative, ... The list goes on and on. That’s my gripe. For decades, I’ve been a staunch advocate for nonpartisan elections, Nonetheless, I’ve finally accepted the fact that some compromise must be made that includes the political parties. Independents make up about 1/3 of registered voters. We need 50% to pass any reform initiative. The shortfall has to be made up by partisan Democrats or Republicans. There’s no other way. In 2004 I was running as a Democratic candidate for Secretary of State, and was torched by the Willamette Week Newspaper editors in their election endorsement. This is my favorite quote from years of advocacy. (Note: I don’t hate the editors of Willamette Week. This was a very fair analysis of my candidacy and it’s my fault for not listening at the time. They were making a very important and valid point.)
My time as an advocate will be coming to an end in the next 10 years, and I’ve written this article to pass on some of what I’ve learned to the younger generation that will be taking over. I believe this is most productive thing I can do right now.
“He faces only token opposition in the Primary. His opponent, Paul Damian Wells, is a Newberg tech worker and perennial applicant for state office. Wells is a one-issue candidate who runs only as a way of highlighting his personal belief that party primaries should be abolished; he sought the same office in 2000 as a Republican. We expect we haven’t seen the last of him, though we can always hope.” WW Editorial Staff, May 4, 2004
PARTISAN+TOP-TWO
A Hybrid Primary = Path to Free and Fair Elections
A NOTE FROM THE AUTHOR

Paul Damian Wells

Welcome, my name is Paul Damian Wells. I’m a voting rights activist from Corvallis, Oregon and I’ve been active in election reform since 1992. I’m 58 years old and I’ve been voting since I was 18. I have lived my entire life in the United States - but in 40 years of voting, I’ve never participated in a free election for President. I’ve also never voted in a free election for Governor, U.S. Senator, U.S. Representative, ... The list goes on and on. That’s my gripe. For decades, I’ve been a staunch advocate for nonpartisan elections, Nonetheless, I’ve finally accepted the fact that some compromise must be made that includes the political parties. Independents make up about 1/3 of registered voters. We need 50% to pass any reform initiative. The shortfall has to be made up by partisan Democrats or Republicans. There’s no other way. In 2004 I was running as a Democratic candidate for Secretary of State, and was torched by the Willamette Week Newspaper editors in their election endorsement. This is my favorite quote from years of advocacy. (Note: I don’t hate the editors of Willamette Week. This was a very fair analysis of my candidacy and it’s my fault for not listening at the time. They were making a very important and valid point.)
My time as an advocate will be coming to an end in the next 10 years, and I’ve written this article to pass on some of what I’ve learned to the younger generation that will be taking over. I believe this is most productive thing I can do right now.
“He faces only token opposition in the Primary. His opponent, Paul Damian Wells, is a Newberg tech worker and perennial applicant for state office. Wells is a one-issue candidate who runs only as a way of highlighting his personal belief that party primaries should be abolished; he sought the same office in 2000 as a Republican. We expect we haven’t seen the last of him, though we can always hope.” WW Editorial Staff, May 4, 2004