Election season is on us again and we have a problem: unopposed seats.
By last count, at least 12 seats were running unopposed.
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This in intolerable. This is not democracy. Surely, we can do better.
During last year’s election, I was appalled at the number of unopposed seats on the ballot. I would love to see fewer.
Letting seats run unopposed is giving up. It’s saying we no longer care who makes the decisions that affect our lives.
Surely, there must be some among those reading this who are willing and able to run for public office and at least give the voters a choice.
Well, I am.
I just so happens that I live in District 8, and I don’t like unopposed races either so I’m tossing my hat into the ring. I’m entering the race for State House Representative for District 8.
Do you live in any of the other Districts? Will you consider running?
If you are interested, See the Run for Office section at the end of this newsletter.
Hope to see you on the ballot.
Ken Holpp,Secretary, Franklin County Libertarian Party and District 8 Ohio Statehouse Representative candidate.
Franklin County needs energetic people to run for office! Libertarian elected officials get to make policy that reduces the scope of government and increases personal liberty.
Join Franklin County Libertarians for a “Candidate Quick Start Training”.
We have scheduled 2 candidate training sessions at the Whitehall branch of the Columbus Metropolitan Library. 4445 E Broad St, Columbus, OH 43213
Both sessions will cover the same “Candidate Quick Start Training”.
Candidate Training – FCLPO Franklin County Libertarians Tuesday, February 06, 2024: 6:00PM – 8:30PM Whitehall – Meeting Room 1
Candidate Training – FCLPO Franklin County Libertarians Thursday, February 15, 2024: 6:30PM – 8:30PM Whitehall – Meeting Room 2
Candidate Training Agenda
Opening and guest introductions
Candidate introductions • Name and office you want to run for • Why do you want to run for this office? • How do you see Libertarian philosophy being applied to your office?
Presentation: “Getting Started”
• What’s involved in being a candidate • Legal steps to get on the ballot detailed • Why legislative and statewide campaigns should be seen as two-year effort • Translating Libertarian principles into policy
Questions and answers
• What do you most need to know to get off to a good start?
Handouts • Candidate Quick Start • Elections Calendar • Libertarian National Platform (condensed) • Resources for Libertarian Candidates
How much can you campaign and win? Even just filing and having a simple website can win an election!
The county party is in a position to support candidates county wide to collect signatures for ballot access, fundraise, coordinate community events and run campaigns. Even just a “basic” campaign that involves filing paperwork, simple website, answering surveys and directing volunteers to help other more engaged candidates would be worthwhile and provide those communities with choice on the ballot.
You can run a basic, engaged or all out campaign.We already have several candidates across Franklin County that are gearing up “all out” campaigns and we know the more people running with the same message the more attention we can get everyone.The following elected roles will be UNOPPOSED going into the November General Election! (without an independent opponent they have already won that election)Clerk of the Court of Common Pleas Franklin County Coroner Franklin County Recorder Franklin County Sheriff Franklin County Treasurer State Representative Ohio House District 01 State Representative Ohio House District 03 State Representative Ohio House District 07