BURNET, Texas (Oct. 12) – R. Lee Wrights will take part in a Libertarian presidential candidates forum Oct. 22 during the 2011 Illinois Libertarian Party State Convention in Bloomington. The other candidates expected to attend are Roger Gary of Texas, R.J. Harris of Oklahoma and Carl Person of New York
The convention will be held in the Chateau Hotel and Conference Center from Oct. 21 to Oct. 23. This year’s theme is Libertarians for Peace and Prosperity.
Ivan Eland will be the keynote speaker at the Saturday night banquet. Eland is a senior fellow and director of the Center on Peace and Prosperity at The Independent Institute. He was director of defense policy studies at the Cato Institute, a libertarian think tank. Eland also worked for Congress on national security issues for 15 years, including stints as an investigator for the House Foreign Affairs Committee and principal defense analyst at the Congressional Budget Office.
Eland is a graduate of Iowa State University and received an master’s degree in applied economics and a doctorate in public policy from George Washington University. He has written several books and 45 in-depth studies on national security issues.
Michael Badnarik, the 2004 Libertarian presidential candidate, will speak at the Sunday brunch. The Constitutional scholar and author of the book “Good To Be King: A Beginner’s Guide to the Constitution and the Bill of Rights” will also offer his introduction to the Constitution class following the convention.
During the convention, there will be workshops on topics including public choice, theory, restorative justice and economic policy, and a showing of the documentary “Kent State: The Day the War Came Home.”
R. Lee Wrights, 53, a libertarian writer and political activist, is seeking the presidential nomination because he believes the Libertarian message in 2012 must be a loud, clear and unequivocal call to stop all war. To that end he has pledged that 10 percent of all donations to his campaign will be spent for ballot access so that the stop all war message will be heard in all 50 states. Wrights is a lifetime member of the Libertarian Party and co-founder and editor of the free speech online magazine Liberty For All. Born in Winston-Salem, N.C., he now lives and works in Texas.