Libertarian announces run for Iowa Secretary of State

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Libertarian announces for Iowa Secretary of State

Wednesday, July 24, 2013 at 9:32 am by James Q. Lynch 

Libertarian Jake Porter of Council Bluffs has announced plans to run for Iowa Secretary of State in 2014, offering himself as a candidate without entanglements with political parties.

Jake Porter

In running, Porter is questioning his opponents for their heavy ties to partisan politics.

“As Secretary of State, I would not endorse any political candidate like (current Secretary of State)  Matt Schultz did when he supported Rick Santorum for president,” he explained. “Additionally, I do not have ties to one of the two major political parties like Brad Anderson does. Unlike Anderson, I have never advised or worked for John Edwards or President Obama. We need someone who is independent of the two major political parties to act as a referee and that is the type of candidate I am.”

Porter, 25, ran unsuccessfully in 2010. he received 33,854 votes in the general election, covering the margin of Republican Schultz’s victory over Democrat Michael Mauro.

Porter believes his hard work and experience make him a perfect fit for the job.

“The Secretary of State primarily deals with business and elections, which are two areas I know first-hand,” he said in his announcement. “Additionally, my management experience allows me to effectively and efficiently manage the Secretary of State’s office.”

Porter earned his bachelors degree in business administration from AIB College of Business in Des Moines. After college, Porter moved to Nebraska where he worked as a retail store manager. Today, Porter lives in Council Bluffs and handles customer care issues for a large Internet corporation in Omaha.

In addition to his private sector work, Porter has managed and advised several political campaigns.

In addition to keeping the office independent and transparent, Porter wants to make starting a business in Iowa easier. His highest priority is maintaining safe and secure elections without disenfranchising the voters of Iowa.

Porter plans to file paperwork with the Iowa Ethics and Disclosure Board later this week. He has already assembled a campaign organization. The campaign plans to run an active campaign primarily using radio, television, newspaper, and Internet advertising to gain name recognition among Iowa voters.

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