A 24-year-old Pennsylvania man is running as an independent for Congress, and he won’t be accepting any donations from special interest groups.

Nick Troiano announced yesterday that he is entering the race for Pennsylvania’s 10th Congressional District.

Troiano, who used to be a Republican, told Greta Van Susteren, “After the government shutdown, I realized that not only is our country broke financially, it’s also broke politically, and we need to fix our political system in order to tackle any of the big issues we face.”

Troiano said the nation needs real leadership and that candidates should run without being tethered to a party or special interests that fund political campaigns.

“I think people have to change the way that they run as candidates in order to change the way that they govern,” he said.

The 24-year-old candidate said the biggest issue our country is facing is the “unsustainable budget” and national debt.

“The status quo’s the worst option,” he said. “We need both parties to work together and find common ground.”

Troiano is only accepting donations from individuals, not PACs, corporations, unions or lobbyists. He needs about 3,500 signatures to get on the ballot, which he said is about 3.5 times more than either major party needs.

Watch the interview above, and learn more about the campaign at Nicktroiano.com.

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