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Baber for Governor: West Virginia October 4th Special Election

Jack Wagner at the Free Independent-Sun:

On October 4th West Virginia will hold a special election for Governor. On September 7th a 3-Way Debate was held between candidates Earl Ray Tomblin (Democrat), Bill Maloney (Republican) and Bob Henry Baber (Green-Mountain).

I support the elimination of the food tax. I am opposed to new taxes on the middle class and small businesses and favor tax relief.

Baber is running on a platform of Fiscal Responsibility, Proper Environmental Regulation, Affordable Health-Care, and Job Creation. His full platform is available on his website: The Green-Mountain Party strongly opposes mountain-top removal, seeing West Virginia’s mountain ranges as a state treasure and natural tourist attraction, along with acknowledging the negative impact said coal extraction techniques have on the surrounding environment.

Thumbnail Image: By Valerius Tygart (Own work) [GFDL or CC-BY-SA-3.0-2.5-2.0-1.0], via Wikimedia Commons

59 WVNS News via Poli-Tea:

Baber, a Mountain Party candidate, said there is a ceiling no third-party candidates can push through.
“What happens is they say ‘you guys don’t show anything in the polls.’ You won’t show in the polls if the people can’t hear your message,” he said. “It’s a self-fulfilling philosophy.”

[. . .]

The former mayor of Richwood, Baber said he feels left out of the process because he has not been invited to speak at public events where the two major party candidates — Democratic nominee acting Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin and Republican nominee Bill Maloney — have appeared. Baber most recently was not invited to a debate sponsored by the West Virginia Broadcasters Association. His campaign maintains that leaving him out was not only unfair to him, but also to West Virginia voters.

“They have wiggled and created some sort of bogus rule that is really insulting to the people of West Virginia,” Baber said. “They have decided for the people of West Virginia who they get to hear. It’s un-American. If you’re on the ballot, you should get to be part of the debate.”. . . .

Previously at IPR:

Mountain Party’s Baber takes part in WV Governor’s Debate

West Virginia Mountain Party Nominates Bob Henry Baber For Governor

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  1. paulie paulie September 19, 2011

    Malik Rahim for the Greens and Joe Kennedy for the Libertarians seemed like at least somewhat good efforts to coordinate national attention for their runs in special elections. Since then, I haven’t seen either party take much advantage of the opportunity that special election represent to coordinate efforts from around the country.

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