ROCKPORT — Carpenter Christopher Fisher describes himself as "just a working-class dude who's fed up" with America's political system.
"And I know a lot of the people I've talked to feel they're just not adequately represented," adds the Rockport resident.
Fisher said he won't be satisfied to sit back while candidates rev up campaigns for local, state and federal offices around the country over the next two years. He is reaching out to friends and online supporters via letters, Facebook and other means to launch an independent run for the state's 6th Congressional District seat held by three-term incumbent and Salem Democrat Seth Moulton.
"I just feel I can't do nothing," said Fisher, 28, a 2009 Rockport High School graduate who works as a carpenter with local contractors. "I guess it all started (in 2016) when we had 'Everything but the truth Hillary,' Bernie the crusty old socialist, and Donald Trump, probably the biggest narcissist I'd ever seen. Those were the three top choices presented to us, and I was thinking, this has got to be a joke, right?"
Fisher said he has no interest in jumping aboard any political party, but is prepared to do what it takes to earn an independent spot on the ballot come the fall of 2020.
"I'm not running any write-in campaign. That's useless," he said, vowing to collect the 2,000 signatures from registered Massachusetts voters needed to make the ballot in the Bay State. Election laws also require that any candidate for congressional House seats be at least 25 years old and residency in the district at the time of election. He fits the House age mandate, though Senate candidates must be 30 and presidential or vice presidential hopefuls must be 35.
Fisher has been taking to social media and writing letters to newspapers around the country to introduce himself and views. He said his Facebook posts with campaign letters have already picked up 300 friends over the last two weeks. He said the message he wants to get out is a basic one:
"I believe every major political or social issue we're facing comes down to one of three things – systemic government corruption, education (needs) and culture," he said, "and what we are doing now just isn't working."
He said any campaign he can muster is not specifically targeting Moulton – who, at the same time, is showing indications he's considering a run for the presidency. Moulton is heading next week to South Carolina, one of the early primary states, to speak to veterans at an American Legion post and to address college Democrats at the University of South Carolina in the capital city of Columbia.
"I'm not concerned about that," Fisher said of Moulton's position and ambitions. "I just want to be somebody who isn't content to sit back and see what is almost incompetency, inadequacy and everything like that I see in our government now."
Fisher hasn't yet hit the streets with his nomination petitions for signatures – through no fault of his own. The Secretary of State's office has not yet set the calendar for when the petitions will be available, or when they're due, Gloucester City Clerk Joanne Senos confirmed.
That hasn't fazed Fisher.
"I don't expect to win," he conceded. "I'd hope I could win, but I can't expect to.
"I have, though, spent a lot of time listening to what everybody has to say," he added. "I try to get all the information on both sides of every story, and I want to do what I can. I want to change what I see happening."
Ray Lamont can be reached at 978-675-2705, or email@example.com.