We can’t affect change without liberty-minded people stepping up and running for office. Alabama residents deserve to have candidates on the ballot who represent libertarian views. This is only possible if citizens like yourself step up and stump for our principles of individual freedom and entrepreneurial opportunity for all.
Our political system is not permanently broken. It can be fixed. We can provide you with guidance, training, campaign volunteers, and a variety of other assistance.
Win or lose, every vote for a Libertarian makes a difference.
The biggest advantage of being a political party is that we can do something no other organization can do: in most states, we can nominate candidates and put their names directly on the ballot. That’s a substantial power, and we want to take full advantage of it.
Here are a few of the ways your candidacy can make a difference:
1. Give voters a choice. Many Republicans and Democrats run for Congress unopposed! How disgusting! Whether or not your incumbent runs unopposed, if you run as a Libertarian, you guarantee that voters will have a better option— and many voters will take advantage of that option.
2. Get free media coverage. There is no simpler way to get media attention than filing as a candidate. Some news outlets cover Libertarians more than others, but you’d be surprised—if you answer their calls, they are often happy to give you some attention. Reporters get tired of hearing the same old Democrapublican nonsense, just like everyone else.
3. Get other free publicity. The League of Women Voters provides most areas of the United States with free voter guides. These guides generally give comments from all candidates, so it’s an excellent opportunity to express Libertarian positions. You can also attend candidate forums. Many Libertarian candidates have expressed surprise when people walk up to them after a forum and say, “I really enjoyed hearing your point of view!”
4. Help our party organization. It’s very valuable to our party when we have a lot of candidates. It increases our media coverage, it excites our members, it increases our vote totals, and it increases our chances of getting Libertarians elected.
5. Influence close races. In close elections, Libertarian candidates often control enough votes to decide who the winner will be. In those situations, the Democrat and Republican are both pressured to “move Libertarian” in order to court Libertarian voters.
6. Satisfy your conscience. Running for office can make you feel less angry and hopeless about politics, because you know that you have stepped up to make a change. Ultimately, it’s up to the voters whether they choose to vote for you—but it’s up to you whether to offer them a Libertarian choice.