Wednesday, June 29, 2016

50,000 sign to put Libertarians on Illinois ballot

Libertarians seeking Illinois posts including U.S. Senate, state comptroller - News - State Journal-Register - Springfield, IL - Bernard Schoenberg:

June 27, 2016 - "Monday marked the deadline for independent or non-major party candidates to file for election, and several submitted petitions to appear on the Nov. 8 ballot. Illinois Libertarians filed more than double the number of signatures required.

"Kent McMillen, 54, a paralegal from Melrose Park, is running for U.S. Senate, and Claire Ball, 33, of Addison is entering the election for state comptroller.

"Brian Lambrecht, Ball’s husband and field operations director for the Illinois Libertarian Party, said the petitions will also serve to add to the ballot former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson – the party’s presidential candidate – and his running mate, former Massachusetts Gov. William Weld....

"Lambrecht lamented the 'disgusting' rule that statewide independent candidates or those outside established parties need five times the valid signatures to run – 25,000 instead of 5,000.
And he said the party turned in 53,000 signatures in order to have enough to withstand a likely challenge....

"McMillen said he wants to eventually abolish the Internal Revenue Service and federal departments of commerce, transportation and education. He also wants to transition away from the Social Security System to personal savings accounts for younger Americans.... He said the federal education department 'doesn’t educate anybody,' and as for the commerce agency, 'Businesses should deal with each other. (The Department of) Commerce kind of promotes certain types of businesses at the expense of others)'. Asked about transportation, McMillen said there should just be a 'very small' oversight agency to help coordinate projects carried out by the private sector.

"A news release said McMillen would also propose 'we begin closing our military bases overseas and bringing the troops home.' They wouldn’t all close 'on Day 1,' he told reporters at the Statehouse, but 'I think we have too many soldiers in places like Germany, Japan, Italy.' McMillen works for the Vedder Price law firm in Chicago.

"Ball stressed that she is an accountant seeking the financial job. She is employed by U.S. Cellular and said she is working toward being a certified public accountant. She said not being a Democrat or Republican would give her independence.

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