MIFFLINTOWN - After witnessing the government shutdown last year and spending time in Washington D.C. working on the federal budget, Nick Troiano decided it was time to throw his hat in the ring as a candidate for the 10th Congressional District.
Troiano left the Republican Party after witnessing what he calls "dysfunctional government" that "hit rock bottom" when the government forced a shutdown in 2013.
Troiano said some in Congress have become followers because of outside influence, instead of leaders which is what the country needs.
Independent 10th Congressional District candidate Nick Troiano stands outside the Juniata County Courthouse in Mifflintown.
"My view is partisan gridlock is preventing our country from addressing the many challenges we face," Troiano said.
Troiano feels a real sense of urgency in tackling these issues including the national debt.
"The general theme here is we are living beyond our means at the expense of future generations," he said.
Troiano's campaign is focusing on three key issues, fiscal responsibility, economic mobility and environmental sustainability.
Troiano said there needs to be greater opportunity for people to work their way up the income ladder.
"There is a growing gap between the rich and poor," he said.
Troiano wants to see an energy policy that "promotes growth and sustainability" while maintaining our responsibility to be "good stewards" of our environment.
Troiano is aware that there are skeptics out there that think a third-party candidate may not have a chance at being elected, but he thinks otherwise based on statistics compiled from a recent poll that states 75 percent of voters would consider voting for a third-party candidate. The poll was conducted by the America Deserves Better Exploratory Committee in March.
Troiano needs 3,500 signatures by August to get on the ballot for the November election.
Troiano is from Milford and graduated with a Master's degree in American government from Georgetown University, where he completed his undergraduate degree. He has worked in business, the non-profit community and government throughout his career.
For more information visit www.NickTroiano.com.