Document:California Press Release 7 September 2000 Six Libertarians Win Local Office - Two Months Early

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14547 Titus Street, Suite 214
Panorama City, CA 91402
For immediate release: September 7, 2000
For additional information:
Juan Ros, Executive Director
Phone: (818) 782-8400

Six Libertarians win local office "elections" -- two months early

PANORAMA CITY -- Six Libertarian candidates for non-partisan office have already "won" their elections -- a full two months earlier than expected, the Libertarian Party of California announced today.

The six electoral "victories" resulted because not enough candidates filed for the offices in question to contest them. Under state law, candidates for those offices are automatically appointed to the positions they are seeking -- thus "winning" the election by default.

"A win is a win and we will take it," declared Libertarian state chair Mark Hinkle. "We now have six more Libertarians in office who can put Libertarian solutions into practice at the local level and work to diminish the impact of government in their communities."

The six Libertarian "winners" are:

1 -- Geoff Braun of Placentia (Orange County), who won a seat on the Placentia Library District
2 -- Gilbert Carroll of Milpitas (Santa Clara County), who won a seat on the Guadalupe-Coyote Resource Conservation District
3 -- John Dennison of Healdsburg (Sonoma County), who is now a board member of the Alexander Valley Unified School District
4 -- Ray English of Descanso (San Diego County), who won reelection to the Descanso Community Planning District
5 -- Kelly McKnight of Pescadero (San Mateo County), who won a seat on the board of directors of the La Honda-Pescadero Unified School District
6 -- Gary Molle of San Jose (Santa Clara County), who along with Gilbert Carroll now sits on the board of the Guadalupe-Coyote Resource Conservation District

The addition of these six names brings the total number of appointed or elected California Libertarians in office to 35 -- a number that Libertarians predict will increase further come November 7.

"With an additional 289 Libertarians on the November ballot in California seeking federal, state, and local office, we are assured more victories," concluded Hinkle. "This was only the beginning."