Sunday, January 7, 2018

Here Are Four Major Electoral Opportunities for the Libertarian Party in 2018

Andy Craig, The Jack News

The most common criticism of the Libertarian Party is that it can’t win. It’s a brutal but not entirely unjustified complaint… the party can boast of being America’s third-largest, but you don’t win many elections by always placing a distant third. 

It’s not always the case that Libertarians can’t win, though. It’s true that the party’s nominees have yet to win a statewide or federal office. But across the nation, there are elected Libertarian Party officeholders, and more importantly, there are real opportunities for increasing that number in 2018. 

These opportunities come in a variety of forms: winnable races, but also strategic opportunities for other gains, like a high-profile campaign, or one that establishes ballot access for the party in a given state. 

In no particular order and with the New Year upon us,  here are eight key opportunities for Libertarians in 2018: 

1. It’s A Wonderful Seat 
Nebraska state senator Laura Ebke is one of the party’s rising stars. Elected in 2014 as a Republican to Nebraska’s unicameral and officially nonpartisan legislature, she switched her registration to the Libertarian Party in 2016, citing her disagreements with attempts to implement partisan vote-whipping by Gov. Pete Ricketts. 
Since then, Ebke has continued to accomplish important legislative work. She secured the passage of a bill to ensure Libertarian ballot access in Nebraska, assembled a bipartisan coalition for occupational licensing reform, and was elected by her colleagues to serve as the Chair of the important Judiciary Committee, handling all criminal-justice related bills... 

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