Meet Winston Apple
Winston Apple has been described more than once as Missouri’s own Bernie Sanders. Winston is deeply committed to doing his part, within the grassroots movement that Bernie inspired, to help take control of our government away from corporate interests and reestablish a government of, by, and for the people. Winston focuses on issues that are supported across party lines by a broad cross section of the electorate. With Our Promise to America, he has formulated a plan to help elect a Congress that will enact the legislation needed to improve the quality of life for those who are struggling under economic hardship, provide a quality education for all students, enact a fair and simple tax system, and make our government more genuinely democratic.
Winston Apple is:
A teacher. He taught social studies classes (primarily civics and economics) for 21 years at Van Horn High School in Independence, Missouri. He has a Masters in Curriculum and Instruction and is the author of Edutopia: A Manifesto for the Reform of Public Education. Winston has come to the happy realization that running for office is a very rewarding form of teaching for a retired civics and economics teacher. With our political system in crisis and our democracy under attack, he is doing his best to make a contribution to improving the quality of our elections and the governments we elect.
A political activist. He is an active member of Our Revolution and American Promise. In 2015, Winston served on the board of the Kansas City chapter of Move to Amend. He has served on both the Executive Committee and the Political Committee of the Missouri chapter of the Sierra Club. He is also a certified Climate Reality Leader, having received training through the Climate Reality Project, with much of the training conducted by Al Gore. He has been active in several other organizations concerned with the climate crisis. Winston’s activism overlaps with his music. He has performed movement songs at numerous marches and rallies.
A Democrat. He was elected to the Democratic National Committee in June of 2016 and the State Committee of the Missouri Democratic Party in November of 2016. He is working from within the Democratic Party, to reform and revitalize the party and make it a strong, united, and true party of the people. Our Promise to America is the key to success in this regard. A Democratic Party that fulfills its platform pledge will attract new members from among the ranks of independent voters and disaffected Republican voters. Winston also supports reforms to our electoral system that would break the duopoly of the two major parties, give voters more candidates and parties from which to choose, and make our government more genuinely democratic.
A pragmatic idealist. He believes that our nation was founded upon noble ideals. The first two paragraphs of the Declaration of Independence provide a powerful summation, stating that we are endowed by our Creator with unalienable rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. The reasons our government was established, as stated in the Preamble to our Constitution, include insuring domestic tranquility, establishing justice, and promoting the general welfare of the people. Properly practiced, politics involves finding pragmatic means of living up to those ideals. Fully realized, these ideals will help us live together in peace, harmony, and prosperity and secure the blessings of Liberty and Justice for ourselves, and for our children and grandchildren.
A singer-songwriter. Winston worked his way through college by performing in rock bands and by the time he graduated he had begun to attract the attention of music publishers and record labels. His second album “The First One’s Free” (recorded for Monument Records) received considerable airplay. After a lengthy hiatus to pursue a teaching career, he returned to music after retiring. Winston has released 16 albums and was inducted into the Kansas Music Hall of Fame in 2015.
A candidate for Congress. Winston is seeking a seat in Congress because he believes that is the most effective way for him to contribute to the grassroots movement that is working to replace corporate control of our government with a government of, by, and for the people. Winston is working actively to get other candidates to support Our Promise to America and other legislation called for in the Democratic Party platform because he knows that getting needed legislation passed and electing a government that is more responsive to the will of the people requires hundreds of like-minded candidates winning elections.
Winston’s campaign is NOT politics-as-usual
The centerpiece of our campaign is “Our Promise to America”
A Full employment Act that guarantees a job that pays enough to raise a family and live in dignity.
Off Fossil Fuels for a Better Future Act to create jobs by moving to clean renewable energy.
An Employee Free Choice Act for the freedom to form or join a union.
The Choice Act giving folks access to a health care public option. Health care should put people ahead of profits.
A Public Education Act that provides federal funding for locally-controlled public schools, including community colleges and universities.
The Paying a Fair Share Act, to make sure “the wealthiest Americans and largest corporations…pay their fair share of taxes” and “to offer tax relief to hard-working middle-class families for the cost squeeze they have faced for years from rising health care, childcare, education, and other expenses.”
The Government by the People Act, “to amplify the voices of the American people through a small donor matching public financing system” because “our vision for American democracy is a nation in which all people, regardless of their income, can participate in the political process and can run for office without needing to depend on large contributions from the wealthy and the powerful.”
The Fair Representation Act that “will bring our democracy into the 21st century by…ending partisan and racial gerrymandering” and make our government more genuinely democratic.
A Corporations are not People Amendment that will “overturn the Supreme Court’s decisions in Citizens United and Buckley vs. Valeo” and make it clear that corporations are not people and are subject to regulation by the governments of the United States and of the states.
A constitutional amendment to replace the Electoral College with direct election of the President and Vice President of the United States using ranked-choice voting.