LP.org Blog: PA Libertarian Councilman Running in 2-Way for State Rep

Staff at LP blog:

Two years ago, when Libertarian Erik Viker ran for State Representative in Pennsylvania’s 85th District, he received nearly 10 percent of the vote in a 3-way race and beat the Democrat candidate in three precincts. This year he will likely receive more votes running in a 2-way race against the Republican incumbent, State Representative Fred Keller.

Erik Viker has made the Libertarian name more familiar to voters in Pennsylvania’s Snyder County since he was elected to the Selinsgrove Borough Council in 2007 where he served as the Council’s Vice President. In 2011, he was easily re-elected, and was the second-highest vote getter in a field of five candidates for three council seats.

As state representative, Viker promises voters that he will introduce legislation to curb spending on victimless crimes in Pennsylvania such as zoning requirements that are "making people pay a fortune," according to Viker. "We need to respect private property again. Why do you need a permit to do something to your own property?"

Viker will work to focus on cutting government spending rather than wasteful and unneeded legislation such as a resolution that was passed to make 2012 officially "The Year of the Bible" in Pennsylvania. "It’s pandering to the right wing base of the Republican party," he says. "It’s so they can go and tell their constituents that they ‘voted for the Bible.’ The very idea that they wasted time on that over how can we save taxpayers’ money is wrong."

On the Selinsgrove Borough Council, Viker has been instrumental in creating a no-tax-increase budget two years in a row. He also works closely with the Selinsgrove Police Department to ensure that the police respect citizens’ rights and civil liberties, and he generally serves as a Libertarian voice for issues that the council faces.

Erik Viker says that if Libertarians can get elected to local office, their constituents will learn who they are as individuals and see that they are good stewards of public funds.

"You can see light bulbs go off over peoples’ heads when I ask if government should be doing a particular job or initiative proposed, and whether or not the government can do it well," Viker says. “If you respectfully challenge the preconceptions people have about the role of government, you can change their minds."

While his odds of unseating an entrenched incumbent are long, Viker hopes voters in his district will have a chance to hear him out. He reports that the local newspapers and radio stations have treated third parties "very well" so far.

For the next month, Viker will continue to make public appearances during Pennsylvania’s fall festival season and meet as many voters as he can.

Erik Viker is a professional theater stagehand and professor of that trade at Susquehanna University.

Viker Campaign Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/ErikVikerForStateRepresentative

Campaign website: http://www.erikviker.org/

2 thoughts on “LP.org Blog: PA Libertarian Councilman Running in 2-Way for State Rep

  1. Dr. Tom Stevens

    ?20,606 We Win!

    Although Judge Colins has not made a final ruling and there are still some motions outstanding and another full day of petition signature reviews scheduled at the Philadelphia Board of Elections for Tuesday, October 9, 2012, at the end of the day on Saturday, October 6, 2012, the Pennsylvania Libertarian Party obtained 20,606 valid signatures (5 more than the 20,601 needed), to place Gary Johnson, Judge Gray and the other statewide candidates endorsed by the Libertarian Party of Pennsylvania on the General Election ballot this November.

    Paul A. Rossi, Esq., attorney for the Libertarian Party of Pennsylvania, wrote the following in a private update to key LPPA activists:

    “At the close of business today (this evening) the total number of stipulated valid signatures on the Pennsylvania nomination papers for the Libertarian Presidential and Vice Presidential candidates was 20,606 (4 more than needed to place all of your candidates on the Pennsylvania General Election Ballot).”

    Dr. Tom Stevens, LPPA State Chair, commented:

    “We thought the whole idea of holding an election was to give voters a meaningful choice on Election Day. If the only option people have is to vote for the Democrat or the Republican, I say that is no choice at all! Both major political parties are responsible for our current multi-trillion dollar debt and the out-of-control spending. Even though the Libertarian Party submitted more than enough valid signatures, the Republican Party tried to make us cave by threatening us with potential sanctions, court costs and with paying the fees of the battery of GOP lawyers called in to try to short-circuit the democratic process. With little money and an army of dedicated volunteers, we stood up to the challenge, never once considering capitulation. Now, the voters of Pennsylvania will have a real choice and can vote for candidates who support the United States Constitution and the Bill of Rights and who will defend our Civil Liberties and every person’s individual right to life, liberty and property – without exception.”

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