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We invite FORWARD candidates, officials and affiliates to approach everyone with grace, tolerance and curiosity, striving to find ways to lift people up rather than knock them down. We encourage all citizens to exercise their freedom in a manner that is respectful of others’ rights, opinions, and ideas—even, or especially, when we disagree.


Rationale: We believe all citizens should be able to participate freely in our democratic processes by running for office, holding office, supporting their chosen candidates, and advocating for changes they desire without fear of being harassed, threatened, or harmed, physically, mentally, or emotionally.