PROFILE IN INDEPENDENCE
Dona Sauerburger, Maryland
Dona Sauerburger is an Orientation and Mobility Specialist, providing services to blind and visually impaired
adults and teenagers, and is the author of a manual for practitioners working with Deaf-Blind adults.
An activist in
No Labels and the
League of Women Voters, Dona was interested in addressing the dysfunction of the political process. After receiving a call from a volunteer at IndependentVoting.org, she attended the 2013 National Conference of Independents and immediately changed her registration to independent. Dona attended the 2015 National Conference of Independents as well. When IndependentVoting.org launched its
Voting Rights Are Primary campaign last year, Dona was on the front lines, polling and speaking with voters in Annapolis.
This week Dona received a "panicked" message from her local Democratic Party chapter. "URGENT: DEMOCRATIC MAJORITY MAKER ALERT FOR DONA SAUERBERGER:...
All eyes will be on our FEC report to see if we're able to defend Democrats in the tightest races around the country."
The partisanship of the message spurred Dona to action.
Here's Dona's passionate response:
"For goodness sake, your message confirmed why our government is so dysfunctional and why I, as a lifelong Democrat who has voted consistently Democratic, became disgusted with both parties and their insatiable need for power which overrides their responsibility to govern our country effectively, and became an Independent working to put the decision-making back into the hands of the people instead of the parties."