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Libertarian Party Looks to Gain Traction in Texas, Nationwide

The Libertarian party appears on ballots across the country, and while, by their own admission, its candidates are unlikely to pick up too many seats, they're still looking for recognition on major issues.

John Jay Myers is the U.S. Senate candidate in Texas, facing Republican Ted Cruz and Democrat Paul Sadler. Myers was on First News at Four Wednesday to discuss his campaign and what he hopes to achieve both for himself and for his third party.

Gary Johnson is the presidential nominee, a former Republican candidate this cycle until the former New Mexico governor switched sides. He's telling citizens that you'd waste your vote by casting a ballot for a candidate you don't believe in, and that you should "waste your vote on me."

Area congressmen Bill Flores and Michael McCaul have Libertarian opponents, Ben Easton and Richard Priest.

In the race for Texas Senate District 5, Republican Charles Schwertner faces Jeffrey Fox. For Texas House District 14, Republican John Raney and Democrat Judy LeUnes also have Libertarian Joshua Baker on their part of the ballot.

As noted on the party website for the Texas branch, the Libertarian Party formed in 1971 when frustrated Republicans spun off their own group. In 2010, the website says 150 candidates appeared on ballots.

"We believe that respect for individual rights is the essential precondition for a free and prosperous world, that force and fraud must be eliminated from human relationships, and that only through freedom can peace and prosperity be realized," the party platform reads. "Consequently, we defend each person’s right to engage in any activity that is peaceful and honest."


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