Document:California Press Release 29 August 2000 Libertarians Announce Slate of 295 Candidates

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Panorama City, CA 91402
For immediate release: August 29, 2000
For additional information:
Juan Ros, Executive Director
Phone: (818) 782-8400

Libertarians announce slate of 295 candidates on November ballot

PANORAMA CITY -- A record 295 Libertarian candidates will appear on the November ballot this year -- far more than ever for the Libertarian Party of California and clearly more candidates than any other third party -- running for everything from U.S. Senate to sanitary district, the party announced today.

"We are fulfilling our obligation as a political party by running as many candidates as possible," declared Libertarian state chair Mark Hinkle. "This is yet another sign that the Libertarian Party is the strongest third party in California. Our candidates will demonstrate that Libertarian ideas resonate with voters, and we fully expect Libertarian victories on November 7."

113 partisan and 182 non-partisan Libertarian candidates have qualified for the general election ballot. If candidates who ran in the March primary are included, the party will have fielded 304 candidates for the year -- shattering the party's 1998 slate of 106 candidates by 187%. By comparison, the Green and Reform Parties are running only nine and 12 partisan candidates this year, respectively.

Last summer California Libertarians announced a 200-candidate goal for the year 2000, a figure the party has surpassed by 52%.

"Thanks to the hard work and dedication of dozens of Libertarian activists, we were able to recruit more candidates for non-partisan office than ever before," Hinkle noted. "Our candidates will discuss the issues voters care about and will work to implement innovative Libertarian solutions at all levels of government."

The Libertarian slate includes: seven candidates for City Council seats, 23 school board candidates, 29 hospital and health care district candidates, and 79 water and irrigation district candidates. Libertarians are also seeking positions on fire protection districts, recreation and park districts, community services districts, and transportation districts.

Twenty-four races include the Libertarian candidate facing off against a single challenger in a two-way contest, while an additional 17 races would not have made it on the ballot if the Libertarian had not entered the race.

A complete list of candidates is available on the state party's web site,