Libertarian Party of Maine
Charles Jacques resides in West Gardiner, and is a past chairman of The Libertarian Party of Maine (1979-1981). In 1979 he was one of the first persons in Maine to seek elected office in Maine prominently identified as a member of the Libertarian Party when he ran for an at-large seat on the Portland City Council. He finished fourth out of four candidates in that race.
In 1980, working in conjunction with The Society for Individual Liberty, Charles ran the Maine Census Resistance campaign.
In 1986, while pushing for an investigation into the death of his sister under suspicious circumstances which he asserted were the result of actions of corrupt police officers, Charles was convicted of burglary and sentenced to seven years in state prison. He has always asserted that the conviction was the result of a conspiracy by Portland Police to discredit him and stop his calls for an investigation into the death of his sister. His sentence was reduced on appeal in 1988. Charles has always maintained his innocence of any wrongdoing.
In 2004, Charles was named an At-Large representative to the Maine Libertarian State Committee.
In 2005, while residing in Monmouth, Maine, Charles was one of two Libertarians appointed to the towns three member budget advisory committee. Later that same year he was elected as a write-in candidate to an unexpired term on The Monmouth Sanitary District. His term ended when he moved to West Gardiner, Maine at the end of 2005.
In 2008, Charles was the Republican Party Candidate for The Maine House of Representatives, District 79, encompassing Hallowell, West Gardiner and Farmingdale. His recruitment arose from his efforts on behalf of the Ron Paul 2008 presidential campaign in Maine. Initially inclined to run for the seat as a Libertarian Party candidate, Charles allowed the Republicans to name him as their candidate when a request for recognition and endorsement from the inactive Maine Libertarian party went unanswered. During his campaign he focused on libertarian themes such as the legalization of marijuana, the privatization of the Maine Turnpike Authority and passage of a fully informed jury amendment. Charles was defeated by the incumbent, Sharon Treat, by a vote of 3412-1814.
Charles is currently contemplating challenging Representative Treat again in 2010, possibly as a Libertarian.