Perhaps for the first time ever, 2014’s primary election featured a third party candidate running as a democrat: the New Hampshire Liberty Party‘s Ian Freeman. Despite the entire campaign budget being about three dollars for postage and doing virtually no campaigning besides media appearances and a debate-turned-speech, Freeman received more than 4% of the vote!
It would be comparing apples-to-oranges, but it’s interesting to note that 4% is nearly 50% higher than the 2.6% score by the Libertarian Party’s candidate for governor in the 2012 general election. The libertarians spent a lot of time and money promoting their candidate, including thousands of dollars on his ballot qualification alone. Freeman, on the other hand since he is registered as a democrat, became ballot qualified by simply paying $100 to the Secretary of State. Part of the campaign was to bring attention to the unfair ballot access rules for third parties in New Hampshire.
The campaign also focused on ending cannabis prohibition and secession from the United States. You can learn more about the New Hampshire Liberty Party here.
NH Liberty Party 2014 gubernatorial candidate Ian Freeman has signed the Coalition of NH Taxpayers’ pledge to “oppose all efforts to impose a sales, income, or other broadbased tax on the taxpayers of the State of New Hampshire”!
Freeman is listed prominently on the CNHT site.
Thanks to the Keene Sentinel’s Alyssa Dandrea for the front-page, above-the-fold article that featured me and the other candidates for governor in the democrat primary. I’ll include the text below.
Speaking of those primary opponents, Maggie Hassan received a “F” from the NH Firearms Coalition in their candidate assessment. I am honored to receive an “A”. (Clecia Terrio did not reply to the survey.)
The primary is on September 9th and you can register and vote the same-day.
Here’s the Sentinel article: (more…)
Steve Vaillancourt is a liberty-leaning state representative who is a relatively widely-read blogger at NH Insider. He’s a studied opponent of the insane War on Drugs and has frequently testified in favor of ending drug prohibition, at least on cannabis.
Now, in a recent blog post, Vaillancourt speaks about my run against Maggie Hassan in the Democratic primary race for governor of NH, giving me both kind words and his endorsement:
Freeman’s approach was both ingenious and refreshing…were I a Democrat, I’d vote for Ian Freeman
Thanks, Steve! You can read his full blog post here.
As of Thursday morning, nationally syndicated talk show host Ian Freeman has thrown his hat into the ring for governor of NH in a primary challenge to incumbent Maggie Hassan. In addition to being a registered democrat, Freeman is a co-chair of the New Hampshire Liberty Party. Freeman openly challenges Hassan on her inhumane continuation of the insane “War on Drugs”, especially the war on cannabis users. On Freeman’s campaign info page, he states,
If Maggie were a true democrat, she’d care about the little guy, but yet her state police continue to put the little guy behind bars for victimless crimes like cannabis possession. As governor, I’ll pardon all victimless criminals as one of my first acts.
Freeman also supports NH seceding from the United States as well as equal ballot access for all candidates. Regarding Freeman’s positions on other issues, please see the NH Liberty Party platform. Or, contact the candidate directly with any questions or media requests at 603-513-2449 or ian at freetalklive.com
February 24, 2014 – The NH Liberty Party, formed in September 2012, held its second annual convention during the New Hampshire Liberty Forum in Nashua, NH. Party members voted to make 3 bylaws changes, which included allowing the State Committee to nominate candidates outside of the convention; extending the period of time in which party members can renew their membership; and reducing the percentage of members needed for a quorum during the annual convention. All bylaws changes were adopted unanimously. (more…)