Independents decry partisanship in bids for congressional Republicans’ seats

"Independent John Graham is challenging Rep. Mimi Walters, R-Laguna Beach.

In this realm of relatively young, first-time candidates, 70-year-old John Graham is the only independent to have run before — unsuccessful congressional bids as a Democrat in 2000, 2002, 2004 and in a 2005 special election.

He dropped his party affiliation in 2015, in part because he shares the view that the parties are the root of much dysfunction in Washington and in part because of policy differences."

From the Orange County Register, 10/13/17.