Monday, July 14, 2008

Libertarian Nominee: Ken Proctor

With the Michigan Green Party convention coming up in Marshall the weekend of July 26, I thought I would do a quick check of the other minor parties. First up: the Libertarians.

The Libertarian Party, arguably the most successful "third party" of the last few decades, has been getting a great deal of attention from the media following the presidential nomination of former Congressman Bob Barr. In Michigan, they consistently field candidates in most (if not all) of Michigan's political contests.

In 2002, the Libertarian nominee for the 7th District was Ken Proctor. He received 3,508 votes, or 2 percent.

In 2004, Ken Proctor was the Libertarian nominee once again. He received 3,034 votes, or 1 percent.

In 2006, Ken Proctor was not the Libertarian nominee for the 7th District. Instead, he was the nominee for the 1st District in the UP and northern Lower Peninsula. The 7th District nominee was Robert Hutchinson, who, despite the endorsement of the Detroit News, still only received 3,787, or 2 percent.

Now, in 2008, the Libertarian nominee for the 7th District is... Ken Proctor! He is apparently back from the 1st District, although it looks like his website is still focused on the 2006 election.

Proctor's website doesn't have any biographical information, but Politics1 describes him as:
Auto Worker, Vietnam War Veteran & Frequent Candidate
During the 2006 debate at Siena Heights University, I actually enjoyed listening to 2006 candidate Robert Hutchinson. I didn't agree with him, but he was honest, seemed friendly, and had some interesting ideas. I'll be curious to see more of Ken Proctor.

So, will this finally be the year Proctor and the Libertarians break out of minor party status and win some elections? Will the momentum created by Ron Paul carry over to Bob Barr and further down the ticket?

Maybe. But I'm predicting that Ken Proctor will probably get between 3,000 and 4,000 votes, and one to two percent. Then again, I could be wrong.

As of July 09, 2008, I have been working with the Schauer for Congress campaign in Lenawee County. My thoughts and writings are my own opinions, and I do not speak for Senator Schauer or anyone else in his organization.

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like Ron Paul more than Bob Barr, But there is a movement growing to get these two to join forces. Two popular LP sites are both talking about a BarrPaul ticket. One is Barr Root and the other is Barr Paul 08. This ticket would spell trouble for the Gop for sure. I will leave the link if anyone wants to see

I would probably vote for a Barr Paul ticket. Because I lean conservative. John McCain hasnt done much to get my vote. If he would be Huckabee on the ticket I would give him serious consideration. I am not excited about anyone yet. No candidate has a sound Energy Plan either. This is disturbing, seeing how we are in an energy Crisis. I am starting to come around to the Pickene Plan (energy Plan.) You can compare his plan to some of the candidates Plans at
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