Monday, April 25, 2016

Libertarian Rex Bell runs for Indiana governor

Libertarians choose Rex Bell to run for Indiana governor - Pam Tharp, Indianapolis Star:

April 25, 2016 - "A Wayne County man will be on Indiana’s gubernatorial ballot this fall.

"Rex Bell of Hagerstown was chosen as the Libertarian Party candidate for the office of governor over the weekend at the party's convention in Indianapolis.

"Bell said he won by a margin of about 2-1, defeating candidate Jim Wallace of Fishers.

"Karl Tagenhorst of Valparaiso is the party’s candidate for lieutenant governor.

"Bell credited his win to his lengthy experience as both a Libertarian and a candidate for office. Bell, the chairman of the Wayne County Libertarian Party, joined the party in 2000 and is making his eighth run for office. In the past, he has run unsuccessfully for county, state and federal offices.

"Bell's best showing was in 2010, when he received 21 percent of the vote in a three-way race for District 54 state representative.

"'That puts us 13 percent away from winning a three-way race, and we are seeing a lot more dissatisfaction with the incumbent governor than we did with the incumbent representative in 2010,' Bell said. 'People are upset with government overreach, and the Libertarian Party offers them a chance to vote for less government and more freedom'....

"Indiana has one of the largest and most active Libertarian organizations in the nation, LPIN Chairman Joe Hauptman said. The party’s slogan is 'Minimal Government, Maximum Freedom,' and its goal this year in Indiana is to have 120 candidates on ballots throughout the state this fall, Hauptman said in a statement."

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