Education: Bachelor of Psychology. Minor: philosophy. Experience: Manager and director of several non-profit organizations over the years. Political writer and analyst on several web sites. Stage and public speaking history.
Political leanings: Fiscally conservative; generally liberal on social policy.
My role at VOID: In October of 2005, I set up a new web site called Vote Out Incumbents Democracy where like minded folks could congregate and develop an action plan to start making a positive difference in countering the increasingly corrupt political system and government we witness today. The concept snowballed with enthusiastic supporters and the rest, as they say, is history.
My previous roles as president of a homeowner's association, and arts executive director, as well as counselor, claims adjuster, and stage theater performer, afford me the experience and knowledge to function as an integral part of this Poltical Action Committee which, I am proud to serve. Integrity, honesty, and the ability to respond appropriately to challenges are what I strive to bring, and hope for in all who participate in this all-volunteer organization.
I have found no shortage of such attributes in the admirable folks who have stepped forward to become volunteers, directors, and supporters of this immensely important organization for our times. My role is that of coordinator for the leaders in our organization who work diligently with their spare time to set our nation's government back on a footing of responsibility, accountability, and transparency, toward the goal of insuring America's future can be secure, prosperous, and free from undo government intrusion into our personal lives.
My role is also to insure that responsibility, accountability, and transparency remain the core principles which Vote Out Incumbents Democracy exemplifies in all of its functions and actions. We cannot expect from government, what we don't expect of ourselves. Being an all volunteer organization means no person working with VOID receives any compensation. Every penney of donations and dues are spent on growing our organization and fulfilling our mission.
Edward Southwick Jr. has been a real estate broker/investor for over 20 years in Utah as well as Nevada and Hawaii. After 2 very fruitful years in 1988 and 1989 he semi-retired and devoted himself mostly to volunteer activities and researching self-actualization and happiness.
In 1999 he wrote a book entitled "The 10 Habits of Happy People" which was published nationally in Japan. He is a Certified Family Life Educator, and has conducted lessons and seminars through out Japan in relationships and personal happiness. He also wrote a column with several other prominent educators and celebrities that became the top read column of it's kind in Japan.
Edward has engaged in many other activities and businesses including running his own English school, radio and television work ("Edward's Anything Goes English" radio program and a regular on a very popular Japanese national TV program) and business consulting which he still does, including pro-bono consulting for non-profit organizations.
In 2006 he started a website, Two Thirds Majority, which is also devoted to removing incumbents (and promoting an agenda of 10 items that probably at least 2/3rds of voting Americans support).
Note: Because of the huge drop in real estate values etc. (and his own properties), Edward has returned to working full time in real estate, business consulting and happiness/health seminars.
Vote Out Incumbents Democracy, (VOID), is a group of American volunteers from all major political perspectives and from all over the U.S. We have this in common: We know that our political system and parties are corrupt and have broken our government's ability to manage our nation's affairs, effectively. Politicians and many of those who fund their elections have undermined the principles of our democratic republic. Those principles were designed to serve the nation, its States, and the American people; not the power struggle between the political parties. Far too often, our elected officials in Congress serve their careers, party, and wealthy donors as their first priorities, while challenges facing our nation and people are either ignored or, incompetently handled.
VOID is a PAC. PAC stands for Political Action Committee, or "527", in IRS language. VOID is however, a unique kind of PAC. First, VOID is an unconnected PAC, which means our organization is not affiliated with any candidates, political parties, corporations, or other organizations. Second, VOID is all volunteer. To date we have no employees and none of VOID's funds are used to pay any VOID personnel or supporters for any work performed. Lastly, unlike most other PAC's, VOID does not advocate for any political party, candidates, or issue, other than responsible, efficient, and accountable government. VOID takes no position on political issues like abortion, or war, or any other issues not directly related to responsible, effective, and accountable governance.
VOID is a not-for-profit organization and is registered with, and overseen by, the IRS, Federal Elections Commission, and where applicable under law, in its State of origin, Texas.
VOID works to achieve political reforms which will improve government representation of the people, the states, and national needs. Better governance can only be achieved if the politicians are forced to attend that need. Voting out incumbents in sufficient numbers, is how we, the voters, can force our representatives to conduct themselves and our government in a responsible manner. If they come to know they will not be reelected for failure, they will not fail. As of the 2004 elections, incumbents enjoyed a 90+ percent reelection rate, no matter how badly government or politicians performed. Which means there was no incentive for politicians to change their ways. Since VOID was organized, incumbent election rates have dropped into the 70% range. When it drops to, or near 50%, we will have their attention and they will address the needs of the nation and people.