Montana Libertarian Chairman, Ron Vandevender on Voices of Montana
Chairman of the Montana Libertarian party, Ron Vandevender joined us on the VOM radio show Monday with Libertarian candidate for the US house of representatives, Mark Wicks scheduled for the Tuesday April, 24th show.
Mr Vandevender is a native of Mississippi and a former candidate for the Montana house of representatives in 2008, 2010, and 2014 with a run for Governor in 2012 and Lt Governor in 2016.
In the last general election the party garnered 3.4% of the Montana vote in the race for Governor, or 17, 312 votes. Currently the Libertarian party is the third largest political party in the US with over 499,000 members.
According to Vandevender, Some of the main pillars of the Libertarian party include lowering taxes, abolishing the IRS, eliminating the welfare state, supporting same-sex marriage, legalizing most drugs and ending capital punishment.
Gary Johnson was the Libertarian presidential candidate in 2012 and 2016 and probably the most recognized party member. He says that his party is more culturally liberal than democrats but more fiscally conservative than republicans.
Governor Steve Bullock declared a special election to take place May, 25th to fill the vacant Montana congressional seat left open when Ryan Zinke accepted the US secretary of interior position.
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