The BYU grad seeking independence from the two-party system in Missouri

A Missouri independent candidate launched his campaign to unseat Republican U.S. Sen. Josh Hawley with one goal in mind: refute 200 years of political theory.

Tapping into voters’ cultural anxieties and class divides is the surest way to secure electoral success, he was told, but Brigham Young University alum Jared Young decided instead to build a campaign centered around pluralism and problem solving.

“We’ve become so jaded and so frustrated, so cynical about our politics, but it actually doesn’t have to be that way,” Young said. “And that’s what I’m aiming to prove, is that we as voters can be better, and we as leaders can be better, and as we make that choice to be better, to disagree better, ... we can actually tackle these problems that the country is facing.”

This article appeared in the Deseret News on March 13, 2024 — click here for the full article.

Jared Young for Senate