Document:California Press Release 8 November 2000 Six Libertarians Elected to Office

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14547 Titus Street, Suite 214
Panorama City, CA 91402
For immediate release: November 8, 2000
For additional information:
Juan Ros, Executive Director
Phone: (818) 782-8400

Six Libertarians elected to office, Browne outpolls Buchanan in California

PANORAMA CITY -- Six Libertarians have been elected to non-partisan office in California, while presidential candidate Harry Browne has outpolled Reform Party candidate Patrick Buchanan despite Buchanan spending considerable money on radio and TV ads in the Golden State, the Libertarian Party of California announced today.

The six wins by Libertarians yesterday brings to 13 the number of California Libertarians elected in 2000, including one win in the primary election and six other Libertarians whose elections were cancelled when not enough candidates filed to oppose them in their races. An estimated 51 Libertarians now hold elected or appointed office in California.

"We are very pleased with our results and are proud of all 289 Libertarians who appeared on the California ballot yesterday," declared Libertarian state chair Mark Hinkle. "We ran more candidates than all other third parties combined, our candidates got the message out, and we worked hard to make sure voters knew that only the Libertarian Party will fight to dramatically reduce the power and presence of government in their lives."

The six Libertarians elected to office are:

  • In Kern County, Teri Kahn was elected to a two-year term as Director of the Tehachapi Valley Health Care District with 55.5% of the vote
  • In Placer County, Erik Henrikson defeated fellow Libertarian Tom Murphy in a two-way race to replace retiring Libertarian Dennis Schlumpf to become the next director of Seat 4 of the Tahoe City Public Utility District
  • In Sacramento County, Joseph Corey swept past incumbent E. Ramona H. Krewson to win one of three director seats of the Galt Fire District
  • In San Diego County, Linda Strom won one of eight positions on the Lakeside Community Planning Area board, while Robert R. Mendez beat incumbent Richard L. Vasquez in Division 2 of the Vista Irrigation District
  • In Santa Barbara County, Greg D. Flores surprised his better-known opponents to win the Division 1 seat of the Santa Maria Water Conservation District.

Also in California, Libertarian Party presidential candidate Harry Browne received 40,263 votes to Reform Party candidate Pat Buchanan's 39,900. Browne beat Buchanan in 16 other states as well.

"Libertarians have reason to celebrate this year. We expect the Libertarian Party to continue growing, and we plan to compete in and win more races in coming years," Hinkle concluded.