A group called the Centrist Project wants to help elect a handful of independent, centrist U.S. Senate candidates in 2016 and 2020. North Carolina is among the states the group is targeting. Charlotte native Jim Jonas, now of Denver, Colo., is the group's lead political consultant.
His great grandfather and great uncle were Republican congressmen, and Jonas worked for a number of Republicans in the 1990s. But in recent years, he’s become an independent. He says the party left him.