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.