Libertarians Run for Local Offices

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Libertarians Run for Local Offices

by Ari Armstrong

[The following article originally appeared in the September/October 2001 edition of Colorado Liberty.]

Four Libertarians across the state are running for local office this year. Ron Bain is running for a city council seat in Boulder. Carol Hill is vying for a spot on Leadville's city council. Mike Seebeck and Steve Gresh are running for school board in the Colorado Springs area in Districts 2 and 20, respectively.

On August 8, Bain submitted paperwork to the city. City residents were required to show up personally at city hall to sign his petition.

Carol Hill would join Joe Swyers, a Libertarian who currently serves on Leadville's city council. Swyers said, "Keep your fingers crossed! We could just have a chance at cutting back city hall and the profusion of codes and regulations."

Steve Gresh said, "The primary focus of my campaign is to defeat a $163 million bond issue that District 20 will place on the ballot this November. As far as I know, I am the only candidate for school board in D-20 who will be explaining to voters why they should vote against this bond issue. John Berntson, who is also a resident of D-20, is a member of my campaign committee. I am working with Douglas Bruce and Javier Mazzetti, a former D-20 school board president who often attends LPEP meetings, to write an Election Notice Comment against the bond issue for inclusion in the blue book that is distributed to every voter.

"During my campaign, and if I happen to be one of the three (out of six names on the ballot) who wins a seat on the D-20 school board, I will take whatever opportunities come along to explain to the public why private-sector educational alternatives are better than the government school system. If I am elected, I will also vote against any new requests to increase the spending of taxpayers' dollars.

"People can contact me to help with my campaign by calling me at 719.599.5706 or sending an e-mail message to SFGresh@aol.com."

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