Via email by Steve H. to firstname.lastname@example.org:
Libertarian Nick Taiber won his run-off election for Cedar Falls, Iowa (pop: 36,000) City Council At-Large in a landslide 65%-35%. Taiber, a 32 year old business consultant, won the most votes with 46% and 11 of 15 precincts in the November election but fell short of the majority needed to avoid a run-off. The major issue in the general election concerned taking local sales tax funds that were approved by voter initiative for street repair and using the money for corporate welfare at an aging mall. In the run-off, much of Taiber’s advantage was likely related to backlash from the aggressive campaigning for Taiber’s opponent by the mayor and 4 city council members, something which is not common in local politics in this area. Taiber for his part did not publicize his endorsements, though the local paper reported that he had support from one council member and the 3rd place candidate in the general election. Taiber is also a member of the Libertarian Party of Iowa Executive Committee and campaigned for Ron Paul and Bob Barr in 2008.
The local story is here: http://www.wcfcourier.com/news/local/govt-and-politics/article_f6d127bc-deee-11de-b447-001cc4c002e0.html
Taiber’s website is here: www.nicktaiber.com