Iowa Freedom Report: Jake Porter Likely to Run for Des Moines City Council

Via Steve Hoodjer:

Iowa Freedom Report has learned today that 2010 Libertarian candidate for Secretary of State Jake Porter is leaning towards a run for Des Moines City Council. Porter was the highest finisher among Libertarian Party candidates in the last cycle and his 33,854 votes were the highest raw total for any statewide LP candidate since 2002. Porter also won an endorsement from a former Republican candidate for Secretary of State’s office. Roughly 10% of those votes came from Porter’s home county of Polk. While the Libertarian Party of Iowa has not been successful in winning enough votes at the top of the ticket to retain automatic ballot access, they have had success at the local level. Dr. Bill Lynn of Davenport is in his second term on the city council while Nick Taiber of Cedar Falls won an at-large seat in 2009. If Porter can score a victory it would give the LP representatives on the councils of 3 of Iowa’s 12 largest cities.

The news is not official just yet. Sources say that Porter will formally announce at the Libertarian Party of Iowa convention later this spring. Elections will be held in November. Porter is expected to run for the at-large seat currently held by Christopher Coleman.

30 thoughts on “Iowa Freedom Report: Jake Porter Likely to Run for Des Moines City Council

  1. paulie Post author

    I don’t think local races are trivial.

    This is far from the first time we have posted about city council runs.

    Different kinds of stories that we post at IPR appeal to different readers.

    I trust that our readers will be able to find which stories interest them most.

    If that doesn’t work for you, I encourage you to start a new website that focuses more narrowly on the type of stories you find most interesting.

  2. DesMoinesReport

    Interesting. It seems current and recent past DM city councils have had little division on most issues. Not sure what this would or wouldn’t mean if he was elected.

  3. Porn Again Christian

    Good luck to Jake Porter. We need more candidates in small, potentially winnable races.

  4. Don Wills

    Des Moines city council elections aren’t partisan races. There will be no (L) after Porter’s name, so what’s so special about a citizen running for a city council seat? Good marketing?

    There must be 5,000 such candidates in the country – are you going to announce each of those with an article here at IPR? Ugh.

  5. paulie Post author

    Citizens with a significant alt-party connections are significant, even if they run in technically nonpartisan races. Again, this is nothing new at IPR.

    Am I going to announce all such races? No, but this one was sent as an announcement to contact.ipr@gmail.com by a regular reader and commenter. That doesn’t happen for most of those races.

    I’m surprised you would comment twice on an article that you think is a waste of your time. It takes me about two seconds (if that) to determine if a headline interests me enough to open an article and read it on any site.

    Again, covering candidates – running in a partisan race or not – who have been on a major alt party’s national committee, who previously ran in statewide partisan races, and so on, has long been well within IPR’s mission.

    We are not about to stop doing stories like this.

    If the two seconds it takes you to determine that they are not what interests you are too much, refer to my advice in comment 2 above. There are other people here who are interested in this article and others like it. Different stories appeal more to different readers. Nothing is going to interest everyone. And anyone who wants to start a new website with a different mix of coverage is free to do so any time they wish.

  6. George Phillies

    @6

    Non-partisan race — or run without party designation — does not matter. Porter *WILL* be identified as the Libertarian in the race.

    As a good example, note Joe Kennedy’s Senate race. He was routinely identified as the Libertarian, even though that was not his party line.

  7. Don Wills

    George @6 – I beg to differ. Partisan races are all about party affiliation. Non-partisan races are specifically *not* about party affiliation. Big difference. Your comparison to Joe Kennedy is apples to oranges.

    Joe Kennedy, a registered Independent, ran for the partisan office of US Senator from Massachusetts as an Independent. LP members might know Joe Kennedy’s political affiliation, but you could hardly tell it from his web site. The word libertarian (small or big L) is not mentioned on his home page, and is only mentioned twice buried in the text of his About page. Here are his exact words –

    “These concerns have pushed me more and more to a Libertarian way of thinking. Today I am a registered Independent, make small donations and am a member of the National Libertarian Party and have attended Tax Day Tea Party Rallies. Lastly I want to note that I am a firm believer voting for a candidate based on the issues and not the generic political alignment.”

    paulie – I guess my point is that if reports such as Jake Porter’s *possible* run for the non-partisan office of Des Moines city council member are important enough to warrant an article here at IPR, then it’s no wonder that the LP is written off by established politicians as irrelevant. Porter’s thinking is simply not news. Now if you did a story about how many Libertarian candidates for partisan elective office embraced and highlighted their affiliation with the LP, versus LP candidates who ran away from their Libertarian label, that would be an interesting story.

  8. paulie Post author

    Not sure why you would take your time to compose three replies on an article if it is a waste of your time. Wouldn’t it waste far less of your time to scroll past it?

    WRT Joe Kennedy, the news reports continuously called him a Libertarian. See for yourself: https://independentpoliticalreport.com/tag/joe-kennedy/

    Reading between the lines, I’m taking Porter’s non-announcement as a de facto announcement. Standard political game.

  9. Michael H. Wilson

    Don for what it is worth when I ran in a non partisan race some years ago for City Council the media let people know that I was a Libertarian. They had no hesitation about that.

  10. George Whitfield

    Thank you Paulie for this article about Jake Porter. I think it is interesting when someone is considering running for an office in a nonpartisan election if the person is a member of the Libertarian Party. And it is especially so when they have run as a Libertarian for a statewide race.

  11. Robert Capozzi

    dw12: Partisan races are all about party affiliation.

    me: Can’t say I agree. Guv, Senate, House races are often NOT so much partisan. For ex., most road signs don’t include party affiliation.

    With independents being such a big voting bloc, this approach makes sense to me. Independents may lean one way or another, but they vote for the candidate, or against another candidate.

    If Root or Ruwart were to run for a non-partisan race, that would be newsworthy. Porter may not have reached that level of noteworthiness in the LM, but his is a name I recognize, for ex. This critique of yours seems tonally off…do you have another agenda?

    WY may be different, of course.

  12. Don Wills

    I have no agenda or ulterior motive, except to not waste my time. I had never heard of Jake Porter until I read this article.

    The only reason I commented was because this article, like several other IPR articles on which I have not commented, waste my time. I’ve recently been on a kick to quit wasting time surfing the web, so I’ve been cutting back on the number of web sites that I visit once or twice each day. I look to aggregator web sites like IPR to do what newspapers have traditionally done – to separate the wheat from the chaff so as to not waste reader’s time. The value to readers of well-edited newspapers and web sites, only presenting articles of interest or uniqueness, is simply to save readers’ time. Unfortunately, IPR might end up not meeting my criteria because of too many articles like this one. For example, even though I do believe Wayne Root is good for the LP, I really don’t care to read about his every thought – if I cared that much about him (which I don’t), I’d join his Facebook page or Twitter account.

  13. paulie Post author

    I’m thinking it would take most people less than a minute a day to read just the IPR headlines.

    If you want to see just the headlines only you can do so at http://www.twitter.com/I_P_R

    If you want to see just the LP stories https://independentpoliticalreport.com/category/libertarian-party/

    Just the CP stories
    https://independentpoliticalreport.com/category/constitution-party/

    ETC.

    I am not going to give up our other readers who find the different kinds of stories we post here interesting.

    I’m fully open to the idea that there is a niche to be filled by having a website that takes one or two of the different kinds of stories that we do and just concentrates on them only.

    Ballot Access News has a lot of overlap with IPR, but they do a lot more technical stories about lawsuit and legal developments in ballot access. We do a few of those, but near as many.
    On the other hand we do many stories they don’t.

    TPID may be more to your liking.
    http://thirdpartydaily.blogspot.com/

    Not as many stories as IPR and far fewer comments.

    IPR will keep doing what it does, at least until someone buys it and tells us otherwise.

    After that, who knows?

    In the meantime, enjoy, or not.

  14. Robert Capozzi

    Don, as a reader, I would think editors would appreciate your feedback. Even the best pubs and sites have stuff that doesn’t interest us, though.

  15. paulie Post author

    Oh, I do appreciate feedback, don’t get me wrong.

    It’s just that in this case, I disagree, and it seems to me that one minute per day to scan our headlines and decide whether any of our stories are worth reading is not a huge amount of time.

    Of course, there are plenty of people who feel otherwise, and we can’t please everyone.

    Different readers derive utility out of the site in different ways. One of the ways some readers find the site to be useful is in having articles like this one.

    Nothing I could possibly do would make everyone happy.

    So, I do the best I can.

  16. paulie Post author

    I would think editors would appreciate your feedback.

    @ 3, 8 and 17 are all three different people saying they enjoyed the article. @ 4, 5, 9 and 14 are four additional people whose comments can be read that way.

    @1, 6,12 and 22 we have one person who wishes we did not do these kinds of articles.

    Reader feedback duly noted.

  17. paulie Post author

    One last thing for now.

    This is an odd numbered year. That means more candidates for local offices and nonpartisan races.

    We’ll still be doing stories such as party statements on the local, national and international issues of the day, internal struggles and controversies within alt parties, special elections, some ballot access stories, etc.

    But, you will get more local/nonpartisan candidate stories proportionately than you would in an even numbered year.

    My apologies to those people that find such things to be a waste of time.

  18. Steve

    Thanks Paulie for publishing the story, even with all the flack you’re getting for it :-). Mr. Porter actually contacted me about this and allowed me to go public with it, so I think its pretty certain he’ll be running, I think he just wants to announce at the convention. I donated to his Secretary of State race at a critical juncture last year, so I’m guess he let me get credit for breaking the story as a kind of payback.

    I always hear people say that mid-major parties should focus on local races, so here’s a good example of someone doing that. The fact that he’s run for a statewide office and served in a party leadership position should give him an edge in campaign experience that others wouldn’t have. With 2 big-L’s already serving on city councils in other major cities in Iowa, its possible we may just have some good news to report in November instead of another story about how we got 1%.

    And believe me, when you party affiliation is Libertarian, it gets brought up in local races.

  19. paulie Post author

    Thanks Paulie for publishing the story, even with all the flack you’re getting for it

    Thanks for sending it in.

    Mr. Porter actually contacted me about this and allowed me to go public with it, so I think its pretty certain he’ll be running, I think he just wants to announce at the convention. [..] I always hear people say that mid-major parties should focus on local races, so here’s a good example of someone doing that. The fact that he’s run for a statewide office and served in a party leadership position should give him an edge in campaign experience that others wouldn’t have. With 2 big-L’s already serving on city councils in other major cities in Iowa, its possible we may just have some good news to report in November instead of another story about how we got 1%.

    And believe me, when you party affiliation is Libertarian, it gets brought up in local races.

    Completely agreed.

    Please keep sending us stories like this one.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *