Nicholas Sarwark: Why Am I In Alabama?

Why am I in Alabama?

I’m in Alabama because 52 of the 105 races for state representative in 2018 went completely unopposed after the primary elections. Half of the legislature faced no political competition outside of their own party.

Competition makes things better. It’s true for cars, computers, and consumer goods. It’s also true for politicians and policy.

The Libertarian Party of Alabama has a ballot access drive to be able to provide political competition across the state, especially in these districts where incumbents are going unopposed. If they can collect 70,000 raw signatures, they will be able to field candidates up and down the ballot and all across the state from the Coast to the Wiregrass to the Shoals.

Incumbents don’t like political competition, that’s why they create these ballot access hurdles. And it’s not just the signature requirement they put in our way. They also violate the First Amendment rights of our petitioners, running them out of public spaces and off of public sidewalks, using the power of intimidation that only a government can and counting on the inability of our petitioners to stand up for their rights.

I’m in Alabama to gather signatures, traveling around the state, going out with our petitioners and finding out whether these government officials want to try to run off the former Chairman of the Libertarian Party from a public sidewalk and wants an attorney as a plaintiff in any resulting lawsuit.

We’re going to bring political competition to states like Alabama whether the incumbent government officials like it or not. We’re going to make it easier for candidates who are going to advance the proposals and policies championed by the Libertarian Policy Institute to access the ballot and stand up for the members of their community who aren’t represented by the unopposed incumbent politicians.

The golden wedge is coming to Alabama and it’s going to shake things up. And we’re not stopping with Alabama.


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5 thoughts on “Nicholas Sarwark: Why Am I In Alabama?

  1. Richard Winger

    Thank you, Nick!

    If we get on the 2022 ballot and poll 20% for any statewide race, then we will also have party status for 2024 with no petition. Although it may sound impossible to poll 20%, actually because the Alabama Democratic Party never fills its statewide ticket, our chances of getting 20% for one of the races with only a Republican opponent are good. In 2020 in races against only a single major party opponent, we got 33.5% for US Senate in Arkansas, and 23.9% for Oklahoma Corporation Commissioner. In 2018 we got 29.1% for Arkansas Treasurer, 22.9% for Iowa Attorney General, 24.8% for Oklahoma Auditor, and 25.3% for a Texas statewide partisan judicial race.

  2. SocraticGadfly

    Interesting. As a regular reader of BAN as well as here (and occasional contributor), I never was sure of Winger’s party affiliation until now.

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