The Centrist Party for Oregon

The centrist party for the state of Oregon – and one of the leading centrist ‘third party’ organizations in the country – is the Independent Party of Oregon. Since it’s formation by a group of disaffected Oregonians in 2006, following the passage of a law making is more difficult for independents to run for office, they’ve been growing faster than the two major parties, gathered a membership of over 110,000 and earned ‘major party’ status.


The Independent Party of Oregon

Logo for the centrist Independent Party of OregonThe effort to form the Independent Party of Oregon (IPO) was first began in 2006, when a group of Oregonians launched a voter petition that succeeded in collecting over 30,000 signatures needed to be certified as a ballot-qualified party by January of the next year. Unlike the other – much older – third party groups in the state, none of which have ever grown to over 20,000 members, the IPO has skyrocketed to the biggest third party ever, with over 110,000 members in under 8 years.

This growth has earned them the status of the first third party group in Oregon history to earn major party status. In the four election cycles since their certification, they’ve grown significantly faster than not only any other party in Oregon, but all of them – put together – and more than double the growth of the two major parties (again – put together), and that with a tiny fraction of the budget they have. Imagine what they’d be able to do with the support of tens of thousands of people like you and I?

As you can see in the chart below, as membership among other non-centrist third party organizations has plateaued, the Independent Party of Oregon has seen steady growth, year after year:

chart showing the membership growth of the oregon centrist party


IPO Centrist Party Platform

[Note: The Independent Party of Oregon recently announced they’ll be updating their party platform soon – we’ll be updating the section below what that is published.]

The Independent Party of Oregon’s platform is split into two sections. The first illustrates their commitment to responsiveness to their organization, by showing the results of a poll of party members that decides on the priorities.