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Monday, March 29, 2010

Andrew for Governor

March 29, 2010

Well, I have filed my candidacy for Governor of Utah. It is not something I really wanted to do; but there needs to be a choice on the ballot this year, and in the future, and this candidacy gives us that. I have already been interviewed by a reporter for the Spectrum newspaper, who asked me the obvious question: what do I hope to accomplish as a "third party candidate?" I gave him the standard, and important, answer that "minor party" candidates are there to change the nature and tenor of the debate. Democrats are seen, whether justly or not, as the party of "big government", and higher taxes. Republicans, unfortunately, have become associated with the politics of fear. We Libertarians give a real choice. We are perhaps more conservative that Republicans on fiscal issues (we don't like taxes); and we are perhaps more liberal than Democrats on social issues. There are many who feel that they have to go along with things they really don't like in order to get what they do like. Democrats who feel that people should be allowed to live as they please (and even get married to whoever they please) have to live with high taxes and failed attempts to "stimulate" the economy. Republicans who feel that government is too big and too expensive, find that their party has become associated with the Karl Rove mentality -- "they will vote for us if they are scared enough".

Libertarians give the people a real choice. When we say that government is too big, we include opposition to programs designed to make us all march to the beat of the same drummer. We really are the consistent party of smaller government, lower taxes and more freedom.

Quite frankly, my party's survival in Utah depends on one of our candidates getting at least two percent of the statewide vote. That is one of the more important reasons why I am running. I do not expect to get elected; but I do expect to change the debate. And I intend to build on the steady growth experienced by our party during the two years I have been Chair. There is a reason we get new supporters every day -- we have a platform that many people find meets their needs. If you agree, join us in fighting for freedom.

For more information on the Libertarian Party in Utah, see our website at and my campaign website (still being built) is at


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