The Daily Freeman reports that even elected officials in New York are leaving their entrenched parties behind to support SAM candidates: 

[Former GOP Alderwoman Debbie] Brown said in a Wednesday email that [SAM candidate for mayor of Kingston, NY Vincent] Rua's campaign "addresses, and the SAM party encompasses, all registered voters, including ones who are not enrolled in a party, in their real concerns for the city...."

“Put the party bosses away and concentrate on what truly needs to be done in the city of Kingston,” Brown added. “This should not be a game of one-upmanship or one of back-room deals between parties.”