Document:California Press Release 6 November 2000 289 Chances to Vote for Smaller Government

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14547 Titus Street, Suite 214
Panorama City, CA 91402
For immediate release: November 6, 2000
For additional information:
Juan Ros, Executive Director
Phone: (818) 782-8400

289 chances to vote for smaller government tomorrow

PANORAMA CITY -- Voters in California will have 289 chances to cast a decisive vote for smaller government tomorrow by voting for Libertarian candidates in partisan and non-partisan races, the Libertarian Party of California announced today.

"The most important issue in this election is not education or prescription drugs or the national debt. The most important issue is: which candidates will fight for smaller government on every issue, every time, no exceptions, no excuses?" asked Libertarian state chair Mark Hinkle.

"The Libertarian Party is the only political party that believes in you, that wants you to be free to run your life the way you see fit. Libertarian candidates are 100% pro-choice on every issue, which is why voters who vote Libertarian tomorrow will be sending a resounding message: they want more liberty, more choice, and less government in their lives," Hinkle noted.

At the top of the Libertarian slate are presidential candidate Harry Browne and vice presidential nominee Art Olivier, the former mayor of Bellflower, California. Browne has been outpolling Reform Party nominee Patrick Buchanan in several states and has been polling even with or ahead of Buchanan nationally since July.

Running for U.S. Senate is Gail Katherine Lightfoot, who received over 216,000 votes in 1998 when she ran for Secretary of State. In other partisan races, Libertarian candidates are contesting 45 out of 52 Congressional seats, 15 out of 20 State Senate seats, and 52 out of 80 State Assembly seats.

A record 175 Libertarians are also running in non-partisan races, including candidates for city council, school board, water district, hospital/health care district, transportation district, recreation and park district, sanitary district, community services district, and more.

Of these, 25 Libertarians are running in two-way races. An additional 17 "at-large" races have one more candidate than the number of open seats available, giving the Libertarian candidate a very good chance of winning one of those open seats.

"The Libertarian Party is running more candidates than any other third party to give voters as much opportunity as possible to cast a vote for smaller government. We are running to win and we fully expect a solid number of victories tomorrow," Hinkle predicted.

"Libertarians have the strongest message in the world, a message of freedom. And that is why we expect voters to cast more votes than ever for Libertarian candidates tomorrow."