John Tatar, a retired US Army Reserve Lt. Colonel, became the second Libertarian candidate for governor to file petition signatures on April 19.
LANSING — For the first time in Michigan history, there will be a contested gubernatorial primary election for a political party other than the Democrats and Republicans.
John Tatar, a retired U.S. Army Reserve Lt. Colonel, construction contractor and school teacher from Redford, became the second Libertarian candidate for governor to file petition signatures April 19.
This sets up a contested race for Michigan governor in the first ever Libertarian Party primary, as Grand Rapids businessman Bill Gelineau filed his petition signatures for governor in March.
The Libertarian Party qualified as a “primary” party, eligible to nominate its candidates at the Aug. 7 primary just like the Democrats and Republicans, because 2016 Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson polled 172,136 votes in Michigan, according to a news release from the Libertarian Party of Michigan.
Gelineau and Tatar plan to actively campaign across the state for votes in the Aug. 7 election, according to the statement...