Wednesday, August 8, 2018

3 more Libertarians elected in Tennessee

Four more Libertarian officeholders | Libertarian Party:

August 6, 2018 - "The Libertarian Party has four new officeholders, three Libertarians who won elective office in Tennessee — two new county commissioners and a mayor. In Tennessee, arduous ballot access laws make it nearly impossible to get on the ballot as a Libertarian. So, these three enterprising Libertarians ran as independents and were successful at the ballot box. A fourth Libertarian has been appointed to a library board of trustees in Texas.

"In Montgomery County, Tenn., Joshua Beal was elected as county commissioner in District 14 on Aug. 2. Beal campaigned on bucking the status quo, taking on the good-ol’-boys’ network, and never voting for a property tax increase. Beal won with 54.6 percent of the vote....

"In Smith County, Tenn., Erika Ebel was elected as county commissioner in District 4. The top three out of the six candidates for the position were elected, so Ebel’s 23 percent of the vote propelled her into office.... She and her husband Cole, who serves as chair of the Tennessee Libertarian Party, own a restaurant in the district....

"In Trousdale County, Tenn., Stephen Chambers was elected as the county’s new mayor, with 55 percent of the vote, upsetting incumbent Mayor Carroll Carman.... Chambers campaigned on more efficient provision of essential county services and questioned the need for new nonessential services....

"In Dripping Springs, Texas, Yvonne Adams Schick was appointed to fill an open position on the board of trustees for the Dripping Springs Community Library. This is ordinarily an elected position, so Schick will run to retain her seat in the future.

"The Libertarian Party is running hundreds of candidates for local, state, and federal [offices] this year. The winning is just beginning."

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