Big news afoot. It seems that the impending election to decide who takes current state Senator David Adelman's place once he gets approved by the US congress for his new gig as Ambassador to Singapore will have at least two candidates. Rumor has it the none other that Mr. Jason Carter (Grandson of Ex-President Jimmy Carter) is eyeballing the race. There are no bubbles of intent from the republican party but Senator Adelman's opponent from the '08 election, the extremely interesting Mr. Altaf Galeyev, may decide to take another crack at it in the upcoming special election. And us Libertarians are beating the bushes to locate a candidate willing to run in the 42nd Senate district as well.
Why the interest? Simple, no stinking petition requirements are involved in special elections. Pony up the $400 dollar filing fee and poof, you're on the ballot. The extremely short cycle of special elections is also very attractive to us Libertarians, typically elections are held within 3 to 4 weeks after the brief qualifying period. So you take an off cycle election that will come on the heels of the post holiday season, or better yet in the middle of it, combine that with the lack of an incumbent and mix in 3 or more candidates and you've got the makings of an upset.
Add in the perceived name recognition of Jason Carter and the race will get some national attention and provide us Libertarians with the opportunity to see how many democrat Decaturites we can peel off with our position on decriminalizing marijuana possession, our position of getting government out of the marriage business as well as the tried and true litany of Smaller Government, Lower Taxes and More Freedom. Turn out will be abysmal which will give our small but dedicated base a chance to flex their muscles at the ballot box and see if we can send a Libertarian Senator to the State house.
More to follow from your friendly neighborhood Libertarian Community Organizer!