This is my announcement that I will be a candidate for the Libertarian Party nomination for Utah Attorney General in 2012. I have previously been a candidate for this office. In 2008, I received 38,000 votes, or 4.1%. While that did not affect the race (the Democrat did not poll very well), it helped the Libertarian Party stay on the ballot (we need 2% of the statewide vote), and it helped our party grow. As I prepare to join the campiagn again, I note that the "war on drugs" goes on, and that there is no sign that the government is winning. The government wants to extend its ability to search without warrants, to detain people without trial, and to genrally increase its power over its citizens, in the name of "safety". But I don't feel safer. Instead, I fear my government and the power that it takes upon itself to fight "wars" (on drugs, on terror, on pornography) that will never be won and will never be over.
The responsibility and opportunity of a "third party" candidate is to change the nature and tenor of the debate. Those of us who think the government already has too much power over our lives cannot be satisfied that the debate between the two "major party" candidates is likely to be over who can be "tougher on crime". If I were elected, I would concentrate on the kinds of crimes that actually affect our quality of life. The prisons would not be full of non-violent drug offenders. The citizens of this State would be more free to be different from their neighbors.
If you agree, join the fight, and tell a friend.
Libertarians give the people a real choice. When we say that government is too big, we include opposition to programs designed to make us all march to the beat of the same drummer. We really are the consistent party of smaller government, lower taxes and more freedom.
Quite frankly, my party's survival in Utah depends on one of our candidates getting at least two percent of the statewide vote. That is one of the more important reasons why I am running. I do not expect to get elected; but I do expect to change the debate. And I intend to build on the steady growth experienced by our party during the two years I have been Chair. There is a reason we get new supporters every day -- we have a platform that many people find meets their needs. If you agree, join us in fighting for freedom.
For more information on the Libertarian Party in Utah, see our website at www.lputah.org and my campaign website (still being built) is at www.andrewmccullough.org
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