One way independents can be heard is to get involved with citizen advisory committees or similar groups. I think you have to go through an appointment process for most citizen advisory committees. This usually involves promoting yourself to the particular committee and the board of county commissioners or the city or town council where the committee works. Also, look at fire district citizen groups, homeowner groups, special district committees, etc. Independents usually have a unique perspective and much to offer these groups. And serving can gain respect for your particular party or cause.