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The Gold Standard: Libertarians Make Case to Amarillo Voters

A number of statewide Libertarian contenders were in Amarillo on Thursday night to talk to voters at the Amarillo Pioneer Candidate Forum, and asking them to “Vote Gold.”

During the forum, U.S. Senate candidate Neal Dikeman, gubernatorial candidate Mark Tippetts, lieutenant governor candidate Kerry McKennon, agriculture commissioner candidate Richard Carpenter and railroad commission candidate Mike Wright spoke to voters about a number of issues facing the state. In each approach to issues, the Libertarian slate spoke about liberty principles as their guide to solutions.

“As a Libertarian, I will appoint liberty-minded individuals to those [Senate] committees,” McKennon, the party’s lieutenant governor candidate, said. “Those will be individuals who will focus on property, self, and defense.”

Tippetts, the party’s candidate for governor, also echoed similar statements to McKennon’s, saying that he believes both major parties have failed American voters, and the only solution is to elect liberty-minded candidates to office.

“I do believe the gentleman running for Congress is right,” Tippetts said. “The Republican Party has failed us. But, I’ll take it a step further, the Democratic Party has failed us. Politics in the country has failed us drastically. It’s time we have options. Democrats and Republicans are nothing more than two sides to the same coin.”

The candidates in attendance at the forum represented most Libertarian options for statewide voters this November. Prior to the Pioneer forum, Tippetts, McKennon and Wright visited West Texas A&M University on Thursday afternoon, presenting their visions to interested students on campus.

For full information about the Libertarian Party of Texas, please visit http://www.lptexas.org/.

Kerry McKennon (RIGHT) speaks during the Amarillo Pioneer Candidate Forum on Thursday, October 4, 2018 as moderators Thomas Warren (LEFT) and Michael Green (CENTER) look on.  Photo by Tamara Warren

Kerry McKennon (RIGHT) speaks during the Amarillo Pioneer Candidate Forum on Thursday, October 4, 2018 as moderators Thomas Warren (LEFT) and Michael Green (CENTER) look on.

Photo by Tamara Warren

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