By Paul Gorski
I am an advocate for fair, equal ballot access. Independent and third-party candidates should not have to get more signatures than Democrats or Republicans to get on a ballot. Independent candidates trying to get on the ballot often have their nominating petitions challenged by one of the established parties. The Green Party candidate for governor lost his battle to keep his name on the November ballot. That is too bad. The Greens have made an impact on past elections. The 2006 Green Party candidate for governor won 10 percent of the vote.
This year’s Libertarian candidate for governor, Chad Grimm, had his petitions challenged, too, but he won his battle. Grimm will be on the November ballot as the Libertarian candidate for Illinois Governor — now Tea Party followers have a candidate to support.
I am not sure many Tea Party followers know the Libertarian Party is a long-established political party dedicated to smaller government and personal freedom. The Libertarian Party of Illinois proclaims on its website, http://www.lpillinois.org/, “Minimum Government — Maximum Freedom.”
I have a soft spot in my heart for Libertarians, as I am a “maximum freedom” type of guy. There are even Libertarian overtones in the movie that shares the same name as this column. Despite these coincidences, I am an elected Democratic official. I simply do not fear free and open elections.
What I fear most is an election where voters have no choice or where the candidates are so unlikable that residents do not vote. As Democrats and Republicans rally around their candidates, Tea Party followers have a choice in Chad Grimm for governor. Learn more about Grimm at: http://www.grimmforliberty.com/.
This is not an endorsement of Grimm. I do not think Grimm has any endorsements at this time, and the two major parties probably like it that way.
Paul Gorski (email@example.com) is a Cherry Valley Township resident who also authors the Tech-Friendly column seen in this newspaper. Read “Tech-Friendly” at: http://rockrivertimes.com/?s=tech-friendly.
Posted Oct. 15, 2014