Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Iowa Libertarian running in 8th election

Libertarian to again challenge Wessel-Kroeschell | Ames Tribune - Gavin Aronsen:

August 14, 2014 - "For the eighth consecutive time since 2000, Ames resident Eric Cooper is running for state office as a member of the Libertarian Party.

"An Iowa State University associate professor of psychology and neuroscience, Cooper qualified this week for ballot access to run against state Rep. Beth Wessel-Kroeschell, D-Ames, in State Representative District 45. The news prompted Iowa City blogger John Deeth, in a post titled “Persistence Breeds Failure,” to declare him the losingest candidate who will appear on Iowa ballots in November....

"But for Cooper, winning has never been the goal. The closest he came was in 2008, when he received 21 percent of the vote in a two-way race against state Rep. Lisa Heddens, D-Ames, before the state was redistricted after the 2010 Census.

"'If the Libertarians could get 10 percent (of the vote) on a regular basis, that essentially forces the two major parties to start trying to adopt some of our issues to try to poach our voters, because 10 percent is enough to decide almost every election between a Republican and a Democrat,' Cooper said....

"Cooper sees his role more as to set an example to encourage other Libertarians to run for office.

"'It’s hard to get people to run, so I want to be an example and show them, look, it’s not that hard,' he said. 'The requirements in Iowa are actually quite low to get on the ballot. We’re quite lucky for that'....

"Libertarian Party candidates in Iowa have qualified for ballot access in eleven state and national races, including Wessel-Kroeschell’s District 45, according to a candidate listing released Friday evening by the Iowa Secretary of State’s office shortly after the filing deadline.

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