Navy veteran Donald Rainwater began to turn away from the Republican Party four years ago when state lawmakers considered raising taxes on cigarettes.
Rainwater thought the GOP supermajorities should stand for limited government. The idea to charge $1 per pack ultimately failed, but Rainwater had had enough of a GOP he thought was increasingly expanding government. He turned to the Libertarian Party and began the first of four runs for office.
"I decided it was time for me to stop being aggravated and to get up and do something," Rainwater said. "I felt like the Libertarian Party most closely mirrored the majority of my principles."
He rose to prominence within the party during his last race, gaining nearly 40% of the vote for Westfield mayor by criticizing city spending on several projects. Now, his gubernatorial run is capturing the imagination of right-wing voters who are upset with Gov. Holcomb's decision to mandate masks and shut down businesses amid the coronavirus pandemic...
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