Libertarian candidate for U.S. Senate finishes ballot access drive

Libertarian National Committee media release:

Libertarian candidate for U.S. Senate finishes ballot access drive

Redpath says Virginians do not need “six more years of the same two parties”

Leesburg, VA - Libertarian Party National Chairman and candidate for U.S. Senate William Redpath will deliver more than 16,000 signatures to the Virginia State Board of Elections on Tuesday in Richmond, concluding more than two months of petition gathering to qualify for ballot access as a Libertarian in the state of Virginia. Redpath, of Leesburg, will face Republican Jim Gilmore and Democrat Mark Warner for the seat currently held by five-term Republican Senator John Warner.

“This will be an open seat, and one that is highly contested,” says Redpath, who is a Vice President at BIA Financial Network, Inc. “My entry into the

race will bring more competition by creating an alternative to the two establishment candidates. Virginians deserve to get the best representation as possible in Washington, and we do this by inviting more choices into the selection process.”

Redpath will be delivering these petition signatures tomorrow (Tuesday) at 4 PM at the Virginia State Board of Elections office located at 200 North Ninth Street, Suite 101, in Richmond. He will be available for interviews at this time, or available for pre-arranged interviews.

Redpath received the nomination of the Libertarian Party of Virginia at its convention in Richmond on March 29. In 2001, Redpath ran for governor of Virginia.

Virginia law requires 10,000 valid signatures of registered Virginia voters, with at least 400 valid signatures from each of the 11 U.S. House districts in the state. With more than 16,000 signatures collected, Redpath is confident he will meet these requirements.

Redpath plans to focus the next 21 weeks of his campaign on many issues that impact the citizens of Virginia, including: promptly withdrawing US troops from Iraq; reductions in federal government expenditures by cutting wasteful government programs; reforming the tax code with a simplified, flat tax; reforming the Social Security and Medicare systems with Libertarian
alternatives; and ending federal prosecution of citizens for nonviolent, consensual crimes.

“Republicans and Democrats have failed the citizens of Virginia, and it is time for a change,” says Redpath. “We do not need six more years of the same two parties in Washington. It is time for real change, and that change can only come by electing a Libertarian to the U.S. Senate.”

BIOGRAPHY:

A Virginia resident since 1985, Redpath is currently the national chairman of the Libertarian Party, America’s third-largest political party.

He has been a member of the Libertarian Party since 1984, and has run for office three times previously, including being the Libertarian candidate for Governor of Virginia in 2001. He is also a former chairman of the Libertarian Party of Virginia.

Redpath was Ballot Access Committee Chair of the Libertarian Party from 1990 to 1997, successfully leading the party to 50 state ballot status for its presidential tickets in both 1992 and 1996. This was the first time that a U.S. minor political party qualified its presidential ticket for the ballot in all states in successive elections. He has been ballot access project manager and a champion of ballot access for the Libertarian Party since 2003.

Professionally, Redpath is a Vice President with BIA Financial Network, Inc., a firm that offers merchant banking and financial and strategic advisory services for the media, telecommunications, and related industries.

Redpath earned his B.A. degree in Economics and Political Science from Indiana University and his M.B.A. from the University of Chicago. He is a Certified Public Accountant in the Commonwealth of Virginia. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, from which he has earned the Accredited in Business Valuation (ABV) designation. He is an Accredited Senior Appraiser (ASA) in Business Valuation with the American Society of Appraisers and is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA).

20 Responses to “Libertarian candidate for U.S. Senate finishes ballot access drive”

  1. Stewart Flood Says:

    Go Bill ! ! !

  2. Joe Buchman Says:

    Ditto that. GO BILL

    One Libertarian voice, one Senator or one Representative, even just one, would do a world of good . . .

    GO BILL!!

    Joe

  3. Steve LaBianca Says:

    I wonder if Mr. Redpath will run on the same support/platform position for firearms registration he ran on in his bid for Governor of Virginia in 2001?

    I lived in Virginia at the time, and due to this support of gun control, I declined to vote for him, as did many of my Libertarian colleagues in Virginia.

  4. Geoffrey the Liberator Says:

    Brovo! Three cheers to Chairman Redpath! Next time you are on this side of the pond, look us up and we will buy you a yard!

  5. Steve LaBianca Says:

    I also wonder if the Barr PAC will continue to send money to Gilmore (as it has done in the past), the Republican which Redpath is running against.

    Wouldn’t it be just spoils if Gilmore could throw support from the LP nominee’s PAC in Redpath’s face?

    How truly convoluted this nomination of the conservative Barr as the LP candidate would be if Gilmore turned out to be more libertarian than Redpath on gun control!

  6. paulie Says:

    Barr is contributing to Redpath now, more than he contributed to Gilmore.

  7. Paul K. Says:

    Congradulations Bill.

    Good luck with the campaign.

    Another opportunity to stick it to the neocons and their “Republican” lackys. Gilmore is toast.

  8. Steve LaBianca Says:
    1. paulie Says:
      June 10th, 2008 at 2:49 pm

    Barr is contributing to Redpath now, more than he contributed to Gilmore.

    Sounds like what all good palm greasing politicos do . . . support opposing candidates of an election!

  9. Steve LaBianca Says:
    1. Paul K. Says:
      June 10th, 2008 at 3:14 pm

    Another opportunity to stick it to the neocons and their “Republican” lackys. Gilmore is toast.

    Guess again Paul . . . Gilmore was reasonably popular as Governor, though it will be interesting because Mark Warner, Gilmore’s successor to the Governorship was fairly popular as a Democrat as well!

    Redpath got about 1% of the vote in 2001, while Gary Reams as the LP Lieutenant Governor candidate got about twice as many votes as Redpath!

    Two popular governors, with Redpath competing with them . . . I’d be VERY surprised if Redpath got 0.75% or more of the vote.

  10. Michael Thompson Says:

    This press release fails to mention Independent Green candidate Gail Parker who will also turn in enough valid signatures to qualify for the ballot in the same U.S. Senate race.

    http://www.gailparker.us/

  11. Chuck Moulton Says:

    Good luck, Bill!

  12. George Whitfield Says:

    Hooray! I will be supporting you Bill. Best wishes on your campaign.

  13. MPM Says:

    “Gilmore was reasonably popular as Governor”

    False.

  14. Thomas J. Says:

    Michael,

    I don’t think it is really the job of the LP to do the press for the Green Party.

  15. TROOFERS/NAMBLA for MARY '08 Says:
    1. TROOFERS/NAMBLA for MARY ‘08 Says:
      June 11th, 2008 at 3:24 am

    DOWN WITH BILL! DOWN WITH BILL! DOWN WITH BILL! WE LOVE YOU MARY!

  16. Steve LaBianca Says:
    1. MPM Says:
      June 10th, 2008 at 8:46 pm

    “Gilmore was reasonably popular as Governor”

    False.

    Now there’s a substantiated statement! The “car tax” rollback was very popular. In a conservative state, Gilmore held fairly closely to conservative values . . . lowering taxes, emphasizing law and order, not terrible on guns (not especially fabulous either), pro life, etc.

    Substantiate your “false” statement, or just be a blowhard.

  17. MPM Says:

    His whole gubernatorial campaign was centered around car tax elimination, which never happened, but he did phase out about half of it. When hard times hit economically, he couldn’t satisfy conservatives by eliminating the car tax (which was the only tax he seemed to worry about, and cars valued under $1,000 didn’t have their tax rate reduced as much), but he annoyed Democrats but cutting government spending across the board except in education (especially contentious when it came to transportation), while at the same continuing to push for a lower car tax. Also, more money ended up coming in than needed even during economic hardship, so the state rainy day fund had over $1 billion (hence conservatives wondered why taxes weren’t reduced more and Democrats wondered why so many cuts had to be made). Also, many didn’t like his new emphasis on the SOL tests. The curriculum standardization went over fine, but the tests themselves are largely viewed as worthless by parents; if your child fails an SOL then he/she often has to retake the corresponding class even if he/she did well in the class, but on the other hand if your child is “above average” then it’s annoying because in public schools classes are often way too centered around (the generally very easy) SOL’s and won’t go too far beyond that limited material. Also it’s used as a very imperfect barometer of schools and teachers. Finally, a lot of people were pissed at how he handled the case of the permanently comatose Hugh Finn by trying to eliminate the family’s private right to remove a feeding tube and let him go with some dignity (unlike say the Schiavo case there wasn’t even controversy within the family). In the end a court ruled in favor of the family and Gilmore had to pay their legal fees. Even some social conservatives thought it was a big intrusive waste of time rather than, say, enacting legislation on such cases. As a result of all of Gilmore’s blunders, Mark Warner beat Mark Early (largely seen as being 4 more years of Gilmore) in 2001 by 5% in a pretty conservative state. Most people here in VA I talk to now seem to think Gilmore is an idiot, will lose by double digits, and would do well to not embarass himself with his presence in a debate. When he came into office he was pretty popular, but in the last year or two his approval rating tanked. (Note there are plenty of good/popular things he did that I didn’t mention, but you asked me to explain his upopularity). Since the spoiler effect isn’t a factor here, Redpath could do some real damage if he changes his gun position and makes it well known. 5% isn’t out of the question. Now, why would you say Gilmore was roughly on par with Mark Warner in his popularity?

  18. Steve LaBianca Says:

    Mark Warner is a businessman who understood that he needed to be other than a liberal Democrat. His position on firearms were more reflective of a conservative Republican than a run of the mill liberal Democrat.

    Sure, people were less than happy with the stalling of the reduction of the car tax to zero, but most, IMHO were satisfied with his explanation of the budget crisis which took precedence. I maintain, Gilmore was a “reasonably” popular Governor. I never said he was wildly popular, and your characterization of Redpath getting 5% is ludicrous. I’ll bet $100 that Redpath will get at best, 18% of the way from 0% of the vote to your “not out of the question” of 5%, which is 0.9%.

  19. MPM Says:

    Actually, lowering the car tax was an indirect tax because localities made up the difference by higher taxation of real property (mostly through raised assessments). So basically he shifted a tax from all car owners to all real property owners, whom he alienated. Really conservative there…

    Like I said, Redpath possibly having any success is contingent upon his gun position.

  20. Steve LaBianca Says:

    I agree that the localities played games with the property tax . . . not raising rates but re-assessing to a higher basis, effectively raising taxes. However, does the Governor or state legislature control the localities taxing ability? Though I am opposed to all taxation, I do support the idea of governments, where they exist being closer to people where they have more ability to effect change. Granted, the personal property tax and real estate taxes are administered by counties and cities, so the reduction of one tax was an excuse to raise another.

    BTW, I never said that conservatism is synonymous with libertarianism, not is it close in many ways, and I do agree that the phasing out of the car tax is a gimmick, but “conservatives” generally liked it and contributed heavily to Gilmore’s positive reputation among conservatives.

    I will say this as well, in agreement with your synopsis . . . Redpath would need to repudiate his (firm) stance of gun registration in order to have any chance of breaking 1%.

    p.s. I’ll never forget, in a PBS interview in Richmond, Redpath’s staunch support for gun registration as a crime fighting tool to go after violent criminals involving firearms.

    How naive you are Mr. Redpath., so very naive.

    BTW, I like Bill as a person, plus he did a decent job as ballot access coordinator . . . he just isn’t very libertarian. He holds way too much trust in government.

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