Libertarian Party candidates outline campaign platforms

An expert on Thomas Jefferson also spoke at the event.
Sunday, April 18, 2004 | 12:00 a.m. CDT; updated 12:57 a.m. CDT, Monday, July 21, 2008

Libertarians took a break from raising party awareness Saturday to host “Jefferson Days” in Cosmopolitan Park.

The Libertarian convention featured speaker Lloyd Sloan, an expert on Thomas Jefferson, who lectured on the former president’s political philosophies.

Tamara Millay, the Libertarian candidate for vice president, also spoke at the event. She likened the members of her party to the American revolutionaries and quoted Thomas Payne in asking Libertarian candidates to work to overcome tyranny.

Millay said she doesn’t expect the Libertarians to win their bid for the presidency, but she hopes her campaign will make people aware of the “real alternative choices outside the two-party system.”

Millay has been focusing her campaign in the Midwest, traveling to locations within driving distance of her home in St. Louis.

Randy Langkraehr, the candidate for Missouri governor, emphasized his support for moving powers of regulation down to the local level. He said “calling for less government” is his first priority.

On facing opponents from the major parties, Langkraehr said one of his biggest challenges is trying to compete with their big war chests. As a real estate broker and accountant, Langkraehr said he is at a disadvantage when facing career politicians in the race to raise funds.

Mike Ferguson, the candidate for Missouri lieutenant governor, expressed a more optimistic view of the coming election. Candidates for lieutenant governor appear lower on the ballot, where voters may be more willing to support a third-party candidate, he said.

Ferguson’s “105 percent solution” would increase tax returns for charitable donations by 5 percent to promote private charities as an alternative to government social programs.

Ferguson said he would like to see deregulation in business as well. If elected, he will propose a committee to review any new legislation affecting small businesses.

Christopher Davis, the candidate for Missouri secretary of state, said he would push to make the ballot more accessible to smaller parties, and to start an education program to inform people of their voting rights.

Meanwhile, Kevin Tull, a candidate to represent Missouri in the U.S. Senate, has made increasing tax returns for educational expenses a central part of his platform.

“Education would be more cost effective for everyone if there was a dollar for dollar return on what people spent for education,” Tull said.

The Libertarians will be meeting May 27-31 in Atlanta for their national convention.

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