I am a card-carrying member of the Libertarian Party, by which I mean that I subscribe to the Statement of Principles printed on the back of my membership card: "We hold that all individuals have the right to exercise sole dominion over their own lives, and have the right to live in whatever manner they choose, so long as they do not forcibly interfere with the equal right of others to live in whatever manner they choose." (emphasis included on the card). In slightly more down-to-earth terms, laws to force others to do what you think is a good idea are wrong: to force them to adhere (e.g., through legislation) to your religious/moral agenda, or to force them to support (e.g., through taxation) your social agenda, is wrong, even if you outnumber them. Persuasion is preferable to coercion in almost every case.
Takeaway message: It's all about the power! What else would induce presumably-rational
men and women to spend full time for months -- well over a thousand hours -- and tens of
milllions of dollars (in the case of the California governorship, sometimes forty million dollars, and in 2010, over 140 million!) to
win an office that pays less than two hundred thousand
dollars a year? One clear sign that government has too much power is that people
are willing to spend so much time and money to get into it!
2010 Campaign - California State Board of Equalization
Largely a repeat of the 2006 campaign below, down to the issues and the incumbent. However, this year I was much more passive, not doing interviews, filling out surveys, etc., partly as a test of my baseline vote totals compared to my activity-driven vote totals. This year, the results looked like:
|Democratic||Betty T. Yee (inc.)||62.2|
|Republican||Kevin R. Scott||32.1|
|Peace & Freedom||Sherli Berg||2.7|
Interesting: I spent (significantly) less time and money, and garnered a (slightly) larger percentage of the vote, this year than in 2006. This suggests to me that approximately 3% of voters will select the Libertarian no matter what, and that no one else will, barring superhuman efforts.
2006 Campaign - California State Board of Equalization
Here are my answers to questions asked in an candidate interview conducted by the California Channel (in progress).
Since I'm not a professional politician, I'm not running an active campaign -- I don't plan to raise or spend money, partly to avoid the mountain of paperwork (and corresponding mountain of nosy questions about me and my contributors) that would result. I run to offer the voters in my district an alternative, and if perchance elected, I will serve to the best of my ability.
Break out the popcorn: here is a candidate statement that I recorded for The California Channel. Actually, it's only two minutes long (once it starts) -- enjoy! If the synchronization seems off, it's not just you. Take this video as proof positive that I don't do this professionally.
Right-click for some viewing options.
|Democratic||Betty T. Yee||65.0|
|Republican||David J. Neighbors||29.2|
|Peace & Freedom||David Campbell||2.9|
2002 Campaign - State Assembly
See here for my positions on the November 5, 2002 general election ballot propositions.
|Democratic||Sally J. Lieber||58.4|
(You can see my Previous Campaign Results below.)
For details of the Libertarian Party's positions on issues, and a fair swipe at most of mine, see the Libertarian Party Platform.  In Issues and Positions, I expand on some issues that have been brought up in candidate surveys and forums. For my views on a number of issues and other things not directly covered here, see Musings -- Some of What I Think.
See here for my positions on the March 7th, 2000 primary ballot propositions.
Here are the 2000 State Senate primary numbers:
March 2000 Primary Election: 13th State Senate District Candidate Party District total Percent, party Percent, total John Vasconcellos Dem 92030 100.0% 68.7% John Longwell Rep 35166 100.0% 26.3% John H. Webster Lib 3768 55.3% 2.8% Kennita Watson Lib 3048 44.7% 2.2% Votes Not Cast in Race NA 17019 NA 11.3%
Here are the 1998 State Board of Equalization general election numbers, from
the League of Women Voters' Smart
Voter Project site:
|Party||Candidate||Votes||Party %||Popular %|
|Democratic||Johan Klehs (incumbent)||954,172||100.0||77.7|
|John Vasconcellos (D-Inc)||?||67.7%|
|Lynn Knapp (R)||?||28.7%|
|Kennita Watson (L)||?||1.9%|
|Kerry Dean Williams (P&F)||?||1.7%|
|Don Edwards (D-Inc)||?||86.2%|
|Kennita Watson (L)||?||13.8%|
|March Fong Eu (D-Inc)||3,592,566||52.0%|
|Joan Milke Flores (R)||2,775,888||40.2%|
|Kennita Watson (L)||206,462||3.0%|
|Theodore J. Nicholoff (AI)||134,120||1.9%|
|Evelina Alarcon (P&F)||127,111||1.8%|
|non-partisan||~9% of vote (~18% needed to elect to one of multiple seats)|
|Johan Klehs (D)||303,045||46.9%|
|Robert Strawn (R)||298,326||46.2%|
|Kennita Watson (L)||44,938||7.0%|
My campaigns have been conducted with the endorsement of the Libertarian Party, and the aid of many of its members. Supporting organizations include:
Some vote percentage information courtesy of www.joincalifornia.com .