Libertarian Chris Stearns takes on Republican Reid Nicholson in 3rd District chairman’s race

By Lynn R. Mitchell

It’s decision time for voters in the 3rd Republican Congressional District where Chris Stearns is up for reelection as chairman, a position he has held the past two years.

Stearns, a former national leader from Ron Paul’s Campaign for Liberty — indeed, Ron Paul himself and his son Rand Paul endorsed Stearns for his short-lived state senate bid where he was soundly defeated — holds many libertarian views such as legalization of drugs, isolationistism, and others listed on the libertarian party platform as Justin Higgins noted over at JH Politics. Check out his post “Matt Kibbe, Chris Stearns, and the GOP’s direction.”

If the name Matt Kibbe is unfamiliar, he is the head of Freedom Works and stated in an interview:

“The biggest window for libertarians is not to create a third party but to actually take-over the Republican Party.”

Higgins observed:

“… libertarians find common ground with progressives but view the GOP as the better shot for a ‘take over’.”

Members of the 3rd Congressional District have a big choice at their convention on Saturday: they can either continue moving the party into a libertarian direction, or make a correction.

Reid Nicholson offers another choice for leadership. He self-describes himself as, “Legacy Republican. Individualist; Anti-Majoritarian; Limited domestic government; Confrontational abroad when in defending interests including threats to World Trade & Energy Markets as known today.”

The 3rd Congressional District convention will be held this Saturday, May 3, at 9:00 a.m.

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