The Libertarian Party of Georgia gives itself that designation. And it’s correct. In the 2010 governor’s race, Libertarian John Monds got 103,194 votes, or 4.01 percent, coming in third behind Roy Barnes with 43 percent and winner Nathan Deal with 53 percent. In a really tight race, 4 percent of the conservative vote that Libertarians represent could help elect a Democrat.
That’s a lot bigger percentage than the Libertarian presidential candidate, former Gov. Gary Johnson of New Mexico, attracted in his 2012 run. He was on the ballot in 48 states and the District of Columbia and won 1,275,951 votes, less than one percent.
The Libertarian Party of Georgia held its annual state convention in Marietta earlier this month, nominating a slate of candidates for the 2014 elections. The LPG nominee for governor is Andrew Hunt, founder and former CEO of the nanotechnology company, nGimat. If voters are looking for a high-tech candidate, Hunt might have the credentials. He holds a B.S. in geology from Auburn, a master’s in geology from the Colorado School of Mines and a Ph.D. in materials science and engineering from Georgia Tech.
The LPG nominee for the U.S. Senate to succeed Saxby Chambliss is Amanda Swafford, “making her the first female candidate for U.S. Senate nominated in 2014,” the party says. Her experience consists of a term on the Flowery Branch City Council.
For Public Service Commission District 4, the Libertarian candidate is Aaron Gilmer, an auditor with Automatic Data Processing and longtime volunteer with the Georgia Aquarium. The PSC seat is held by Republican Lauren “Bubba” McDonald Jr. of Clarkesville. He has two Republican primary opponents and there’s one Democrat challenger unopposed in the primary.
The LPG claims “to be the only party in Georgia focused on making government smaller, reducing the burdensome taxes and standing up for more freedom.” But the party says it faces “burdensome restrictions” to getting on the ballot for state legislative races.
The national Libertarian Party came out with its own proposals for downsizing the U.S. military in response to President Obama’s plan. Libertarian proposals include immediately withdrawing all troops from Iraq and Afghanistan, and: “Stay out of Syria, Ukraine and every other foreign conflict.”
And the list goes on: “Close unneeded U.S. military bases and outposts in more than 130 countries around the world and bring our troops home. First on the list are the massive deployments in Germany, Italy, South Korea and Japan — countries that can fund their own military defense.
“Close at least half of the nation’s 4,402 domestic Department of Defense sites. Use 100 percent of operating cost savings to reduce the federal income tax, balance the federal budget or both. Sell off all foreign and domestic real estate holdings of closed military bases and DoD sites while requiring that all proceeds be used to pay down existing government debt.”
The proposals should stir some national dialogue, particularly on “unneeded U.S. military bases and outposts” in other countries.