Georgia Libertarian Seeks House Seat in Special Election

Christine AustinJohns Creek, GA: Christine Austin of Johns Creek qualified Wednesday to run for Georgia State House – District 50 in a special election to be held on January 6, 2015. Although this is a non-partisan race, she has declared as a Libertarian Party candidate. FACEBOOK >>>

 
The special election will fill the seat vacated last Friday when Lynne Riley was selected by Gov. Nathan Deal to serve as the state Department of Revenue commissioner.

 
Christine has been working for the cause of liberty for over a decade. She has served on the executive committee of the Libertarian Party of Georgia and other leadership roles.

 
Christine graduated from Mercer University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Finance and Accounting and has served in her local community as Community Liaison for her HOA and as Legislative Director on the PTA board and her son’s school. She is a stay-at-home mother and a financial consultant.

 
Christine is looking forward to the next few weeks and the opportunity to spread the message of liberty and freedom for Georgians.

 
“It would be a pleasure and privilege to serve the people of District 50. As a Libertarian, I would bring a fiscally responsible approach to governance and work to give Georgians more liberty and individual freedom. I will not support increased taxation or limits on personal freedoms. I have no ties to special interest groups and will only serve in the best interest of the people of my district. My campaign will give voters a clear choice.”, said Christine Austin.

 
Special elections give Libertarian candidates a unique opportunity to run for office without the cumbersome requirement of gathering signatures of 5% of registered voters. In General Elections about 50% of state house races are unopposed.

 
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Cobb County Libertarians Host Guest Speaker Robert Evans Wilson, Jr.

Robert WilsonOn Thursday, November 6, the Libertarian Party of Cobb County will meet at Los Reyes, 745 Chastain Rd. NW, Kennesaw, GA at 7 pm for our November Business Meeting. Our featured speaker will be Robert Evans Wilson, Jr., innovator, motivator, award-winning speaker & author.

Rob will be discussing “The Tipping Point” for libertarians. We are so lucky to have him speak and his talk will be extremely appropriate after we wind down the 2014 elections and prepare for the next round. Looking forward to seeing everyone on Thursday!

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GPB – Atlanta Press Club U.S. Senate Debates

Georgia Public Broadcasting and the Atlanta a Press Club hosted the U.S. Senate debates. Sunday October 26, 2014

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Doug Craig: The Man in the Freedom T-Shirt

OZY.com takes a look at the man behind the Libertarian Party of Georgia. We are proud to have Doug Craig as chairman of this movement.

Enter Doug Craig’s office.39648_DougCraig

Or rather, his warehouse. This sheet-metal manufacturing plant in Atlanta’s poor, urban Southside might seem like a strange place to find the architect of a third-party uprising, a spoiler of potentially national proportions. Yet here is Craig, wearing a black “Freedom” T-shirt hastily tucked into cargo shorts, warning me to avoid the close-by glass shards from a shattered television.

“I didn’t think of dressing up,” he says against the backdrop of whirrs and clangs and booms. “I’ve never been the type of politician to wear a suit and tie anyway.”

As the first-year chairman of the Libertarian Party of Georgia, Craig is understated: a portly man with an easy air and a large goatee. But he shouldn’t be underestimated. This year he’s anointed two candidates who stand a fair chance of spoiling two high-profile races and turning Georgia into a high-stakes battleground. Now, no one expects Andrew Hunt to become Georgia’s next governor, or Amanda Swafford to make it to the U.S. Senate. But should they live up to their poll numbers — between five and seven percent, regularly — they’ll likely force runoffs. (In Georgia, statewide races go into overtime if one candidate doesn’t capture 50 percent of the vote.)

TIME for Swafford for Senate

From TIME.com: Libertarian Amanda Swafford considers forcing a Jan. 6 run-off in the Peach State’s Senate race a victory for third party candidates everywhere.

amanda-swafford-georgia-senate-libertarianThere is a nightmare scenario that keeps most politicos working on both sides of the aisle up at night: after the midterm elections, and even through the anticipated Dec. 6 run off in Louisiana, control of the Senate likely won’t be decided until Jan. 6, the date a run-off in Georgia will take place, if any one candidate fails to muster 50% of the vote. It is this scenario that Libertarian candidate Amanda Swafford, who regularly pulls 5% in most polls, relishes. READ MORE >>>