To the Editor:
With the 2018 midterm elections creeping ever closer, there is a well-pronounced third party ready to take on the old party duopoly. As of Monday, there will be at least three candidates for every statewide office, two old party candidates and a Libertarian Party candidate. In a recent poll by Capitol Fax a majority of Illinoisans chose an option other than the two old party gubernatorial candidates.
With 26 percent choosing an “unnamed third party candidate” and another 11 percent saying they were undecided, Libertarian candidate Kash Jackson and his running mate, Sanj Mohip, are poised to break party records and obtain major party status for the Libertarian Party.
Also on the Libertarian ticket are a financial duo of Claire Ball for comptroller and Mike Leheney for treasurer. Ball is the only CPA in the comptroller race – no current or past Illinois comptroller in has had such a certification. Partnered with Leheney, who has 20 years of financial experience, they are striving to bring transparency and independence to the financial offices of the state. The party also will have Steve Dutner and Bubba Harsey running for secretary of state and attorney general, respectively. Nationally, the Libertarian Party was the only third party to have its presidential candidate, Gary Johnson, on the ballot in all 50 states.
Locally, the Libertarian Party of Illinois and its local affiliates are growing and looking for candidates for 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022, etc., to run and give Illinoisans more choices from top to bottom on the ballot. If you are interested in running or aiding them in this effort, please visit lpillinois.org.
John Eldon Mathey
Vice chairman, Libertarian Party of DeKalb County