Georgia Libertarian Candidates to Qualify for November General Election


U.S. Senate Candidate Amanda Swafford

Atlanta GA: On Tuesday – June 24, 2014 – 9:00am Libertarian Party of Georgia Candidates will officially qualify to be placed on the November General Election ballots. The event will take place at Georgia Secretary of State’s office, Elections Division, Suite 802, West Tower, 2 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive SE, Atlanta, GA 30334.

Candidates qualifying will include:
• For Governor – Dr. Andrew Hunt, founder and former CEO of the nanotechnology company, nGimat
• For U.S. Senate – Amanda Swafford a former member of the Flowery Branch City Council in Hall County, Georgia and has also served in elected office in Sacramento County, California.
• For Public Service Commission District 4 – Aaron Gilmer, an auditor with ADP (Automatic Data Processing)
• Insurance Commissioner: Ted Metz

Party chairman Doug Craig said Libertarians are proud to offer candidate as alternatives to the two party political system in Georgia.

“In spite of restrictive ballot access laws the Libertarian Party continues to offer candidates who want limited government and maximum freedom. Our candidates represent more than a bumper sticker campaign. More and more voters identify themselves as “independent”. It’s a sign voters are losing interest in the two major parties. We want to offer up what we feel are candidates that represent personal freedom and fiscal responsibility”, said Doug Craig

Libertarian Party candidates will be available for press interviews and photo opportunities.

Georgia Ballot Access Laws Restrict Voter Choice

What-Is-LibertarianismMay 20, 2014 – Atlanta Ga: Election officials are predicting a very low turnout today in the primary election. Some predictions place it at only 20-25 percent. These nominating elections are held for Democrat and Republican Parties only, at a cost of millions of tax dollars and a greater cost for runoff elections.

While nearly half of district races are unopposed, the Libertarian Party of Georgia (LP Georgia), other political parties and independent candidates are locked out of the political process due to some of the most restrictive ballot access laws in the nation. [Read more…]

Why Libertarians Lose

This was originally published on before being re-published at United Liberty.

“Libertarians will never win.”  “Why don’t you just join the Republican Party?”  I’ve heard all the reasons I’m “doing it wrong” from people outside the Libertarian Party.  “We don’t have ballot access.”  “We aren’t able to raise money, because we aren’t bought by special interests.”  I’ve heard every excuse inside the Libertarian Party about why we do not win elections.  Aside from the ballot access issue and joining the Republican Party, what you’re about to read is also valid for “small L” libertarians, grassroots campaigns of either the Democratic or Republican variety, and nearly any recently “off the couch” activist-turned-candidate.  There are obvious exceptions in the case of independently wealthy individuals or celebrities or athletes cashing in on their fame, but these are generally the “rules.”  Also, there are “wins” that can be achieved without actually having more votes than the others running, but that is for another day.

The “mistakes” I outline below are not the fault of the candidate, their staff or their volunteers.  It is my opinion that they are just unaware of the “mistakes.”  The first and most devastating mistake that Libertarians make is that they are not involved in government until they are ready to run for office.  They have not attended a single City Council, County Commission meeting, or visited their state legislature to watch them in action, let alone been involved enough to know the players or the game.  At the local level, there are many opportunities to get involved without winning an election.  This mistake hurts potential candidates for two reasons: no one knows who they are, and they do not have any record on which to run. [Read more…]