To the more than 15,000 Utahns who cast a Libertarian vote in this year’s election for U.S. Representative for Utah’s Second Congressional District, please know that my candidacy was never about me; it is about returning power back to you. Put another way: about one in 25 voters in this race expressed a preference on their ballot in this race for an alternative to what the incumbent political party candidates offered. The majority of U.S. voters not satisfied with legacy electoral options — and who would otherwise not vote in a race without a Libertarian candidate in it — are increasingly being seen and heard.
I’m grateful for the graciousness of both of the other candidates with whom I appeared on both the ballot and the debate stage in this race. Although our contact with one another was understandably limited during this challenging time, in a different context my sense is that we would favor conversation about writing and books instead of public policy.
A heartening surprise toward the end of this election cycle was to hear from former clients for whom I have helped navigate life and the legal system who let me know that they saw my name on the ballot and had voted for me. The oftentimes painful journey I travel with my clients is one reason why I work to abolish the systems that compound the hurt.
My thanks also to those who helped support this campaign, including behind the scenes; you know who you are.
Thank you also to the journalists who interviewed me about my candidacy. However, it’s apparent that some journalists and news-gathering and –reporting organizations haven’t figured out or — because of failed business models that incentivize a pay-to-play dynamic, bias against unorthodox perspectives, or other rationales — don’t want to figure out how to cover Libertarian candidates.
As necessity is the mother of invention, our current challenges also afforded me the opportunity to file my declaration of candidacy remotely (a first that is perhaps more interesting to one who follows innovations in election processes than most).
Although the liberty movement’s electoral progress has not come as quick as many want, its progress is undeniable. The Libertarian Party “over the past decade has become the third party in the United States”. To quote Libertarian National Committee chair Joe Bishop-Henchman, “We are going to take on the duopoly until they change or we get our people elected.”
Moreover, across the United States, liberty-oriented ballot measures are succeeding. And internationally, libertarian political parties — such as the Free Democratic Party (FDP) in Germany and the Association of Consumers and Taxpayers (ACT) party in New Zealand — are electing representatives to national legislatures, thanks in large part to more competitive and representative, gerrymander-proof and spoiler-proof electoral systems.
Please join me in continuing to fight for electoral reform, service limits, intellectual property reform, and the cause of liberty, whether through the Libertarian Party, by supporting one or more of the many liberty-minded non-profit organizations working to set the world free in our lifetime, or through your own, unique way.
May all be well and happy.