Libertarians should hold their heads high this morning. We ran eight candidates in our first City Election. On average our candidates garnered 6% of the vote.
That is a lot of votes for our first City Election. We will grow and improve on this total. In the 2003 City Election there were no Libertarians on the ballot.
The Libertarian Candidate (John Bartels) had a large effect on the 2nd District Council Race. Karen Goldner (D) leads 9 term incumbent Don Schmidt (R) by 13 votes and that race is likely to go to a recount. John Bartels (L) received 580 votes in that race...
Don Schmidt (R) said "the Libertarian Party fielding candidates in all the races hurt Republican vote totals."
I expect to see the local Libertarian Party grow and run even more candidates in the future and run larger and more active campaigns as we grow.
It will not happen overnight; however, as long as our local elected officials keep growing government at twice the rate of inflation, as long as local wages keep dropping in relation to the average national wage, and as long as local officials support projects like Harrison Square that almost 70% of the voters oppose we will grow quickly!
If you want to learn more about the local Libertarian Party please contact us. We need your help to fight the growth of government in this area!