Libertarian Party: Cecil Ince Suspends Presidential Campaign, Turns Eyes Back to Missouri

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Springfield, MO, March 18 – Cecil Anthony Ince suspended his campaign for the Libertarian Party’s 2016 presidential nomination on Friday, citing recent straw poll and primary results.

“I’ve tried to present my party with a positive vision for a presidential campaign and I believe I’ve had an impact in how Libertarians look at the coming election,” says Ince, “but it’s become clear to me that this is not my year to carry that particular banner.

“Seeing that I will not be our party’s nominee, I prefer to take my own efforts in another direction — to look for other opportunities to advance liberty and to support the candidate we DO nominate.”

Ince, a long-time Libertarian Party activist, is eyeing a future candidacy for county commissioner, or perhaps a reprise of his 2004 run for Missouri Secretary of State.

He’s chosen not to endorse another candidate for the presidential nomination. “They’re all good people, I wish all of them well, and I trust our party to make the right choice,” he says. “I put my all into my own campaign. I wanted to vote for me, and didn’t think much beyond that while I was in the running. Now that I’m back to being just another party member, I’ll be taking my own new look at the other candidates and dedicating myself to helping the Libertarian Party have a great year.”

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10 thoughts on “Libertarian Party: Cecil Ince Suspends Presidential Campaign, Turns Eyes Back to Missouri

  1. Thomas L. Knapp

    Classy exit. I’ve known Cecil for the better part of two decades and he’s always thrown in with everything he has. If he runs for county commissioner, he may have a real shot — he lives in Springfield, Missouri, where Libertarian Party activist Doug Burlison has served on the city council for years. At times other Libertarians have also served on the council or on city boards there.

  2. langa

    I don’t really know much about Ince, but when I saw him in the debate in Biloxi, I thought he acquitted himself better than at least a couple of the more “big name” candidates that made it to the 2nd round.

  3. Thomas L. Knapp

    I wasn’t one of Cecil’s presidential supporters, but not because I don’t like him or because he’s not a hard-working candidate — quite the contrary. If you look at his past efforts, he seems to throw everything he’s got into whatever he does, and he seems to me to be a genuinely good guy. And I agree that he did pretty well in the Biloxi debate.

    The reason I was not one of his supporters was that I decided to narrow it down to two kinds of candidate. One was the “best representative of what the LP is supposed to stand for” category, and I felt that Darryl W. Perry pretty much stood alone at the top of that category. The other was “likely to give us the best campaign from among those perceived as ‘top tier'” category, and likewise McAfee struck me as without peer there.

    Nothing against any of the other candidates, but even two preferred candidates is really one too many. Between now and Orlando, I have to pick one, since I only get one vote … which is another thing I’d like to bitch about, WHY AREN’T WE USING APPROVAL VOTING OR INSTANT RUNOFF IN OUR NOMINATION PROCESS?

    If we were using approval voting, Cecil would definitely have made my list of acceptable candidates.

  4. John

    I’ll admit he wasn’t my first choice, but he was pretty high on that long list of candidates for me, so I’m a little sad to see him go. I have literally nothing bad to say about Mr. Ince, even if I wanted to. Best of luck to you sir.

  5. steve m

    Matt Cholko,

    Absolutely… Cecil seem like some one who makes a stab at a local office should keep us informed. I might help him buy some yard signs.

  6. Thomas L. Knapp


    I think that investments in Cecil in particular and Springfield, Missouri in general are smart.

    Back in 1997, I ran for city council in Springfield and knocked down 20% in a three-way race, carrying 24 of 77 precincts. Granted it was an especially low-turnout February election (I think turnout was 4.5%, even lower than usual due to bad weather), but I did that on $1500. The guy who came in 2nd with 32.5% and went on to the runoff spent ten times as much. I had yard signs and bumper stickers (the latter printed by Doug Burlison!), and they WORKED.

    I think it was two years later that Doug ran and won and has been a political leader in Springfield ever since. And a few years later another Libertarian — I could be misremembering, but I think it was Tom Martz — also won a term on the council, and several have served on appointed boards.

    All of this was made possible by a very strong and active local/county party, by the way. The late Phil Horras, who served as chair of that party for a long time, emphasized retail politics, earning positive media, etc.

  7. Shawn Levasseur


    Because we have the net effect of IRV anyway, with multiple rounds of voting. It consumes much more time if there is more than two rounds of voting, so there is an argument to be made for a better process.

    There have been proposals brought to the convention floor before, if memory serves, but none passed, especially as it required a multiple of changes to convention rules, which adds a degree of difficulty in getting them passed at convention. Advance education of the delegates prior to the convention would help get it passed.

    A bit of pre-convention training would be a good idea anyway as far too many delegates show up uninformed as to the process and procedures going on, which makes the early going of most conventions rather awkward, sometimes lasting throughout the convention, wasting enormous amounts of time, and patience. Maybe someone could put together a youtube primer. (or maybe there is one I don’t know about, if so it needs publicity)

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