2022 Primary Election Libertarian Voter’s Guide

Candidate Statements

Candidate for U.S. Senate - John Newton (Libertarian)

I'm 30 years old. And everything that was promised to my generation from the federal government has been a lie. We can't afford a house. We can't afford education. We can't afford healthcare. We can hardly afford gas.

I'm done with these red and blue tied tyrants promising us the world and giving us a failing empire. They've successfully controlled the American people with fear to pay off industrial complexes for "our benefit".

The cycle of more government being needed to fix problems government created in the first place has us up to $30,000,000,000,000 in debt. Let's break free.

John R Newton

Candidate for Governor - R Leon Noble (Libertarian)

It is rather difficult to come into any party, after being politically homeless for decades, and be welcomed. I want to make sure that everyone currently in our party understands that the growth of our party requires us to welcome those who don't quite understand yet.

However, I also understand that we have our differences.

I often find myself engaged in discussion with someone who does not understand. Occasionally, they are new to the party or outside of it completely. I often find them trying to pigeonhole libertarian ideals as a rightist or a leftist concept; some days it's hard to explain that concept, others it’s easy.

The long game of our party should be growth. If the party members prevent others from finding their political home, the party won't grow.

Libertarian ideas won't grow. We, as a public, won't grow.

I have already adopted a number of thoughts and policy points that don't meet with all the party members' ideas. The Governor should be a fulcrum point between the people and their representatives. The point there is no power in the office of the Governor, or any other public elected office is often ignored

Explaining the role of government is to prevent the public from being sacked by neighbors and government itself, is incredibly difficult after generations of indoctrination by government entities.

I am not running for governor of the Libertarian party of Oregon.
I am running for Governor of Oregon.

To achieve the balance that Oregon desires and requires, it is important to be kind and take the time to listen to all the people of Oregon, not just the party I belong to.

This makes my request of you even more unique:

I'm not asking for your vote. I'm asking for your help. lend me your voice and together we will set Oregon free.

My platform, links, and other discussion can be found at setOregonfree.com

Candidate for State Senate District 11 - Kim Thatcher (Republican)

Occupational Background: Construction Projects Management; Equipment Operator; Concrete Technician

Educational Background: Oregon City High School, Portland State University

Prior Governmental Experience: State Representative 2005-2014; State Senator 2014 to present; Appointments include Oregon Transparency Commission; Public Records Advisory Commission.

Community Activities: Keizer, Salem, Chehalem Valley, Woodburn and Wilsonville Area Chambers of Commerce; National Federation of Independent Business; Board Member of Oregon Charter Academy

Personal: Happily married 37 years. Three daughters, one son and seven adorable grandchildren. Licensed to fly small airplanes into clouds, though often happily prioritizing family, church, work, and community commitments. Finds cheap, daily entertainment playing with her dogs and cats.

WORKING FOR A LESS INTRUSIVE GOVERNMENT, PROTECTING INDIVIDUAL RIGHTS AND HOLDING GOVERNMENT ACCOUNTABLE

Kim works to unwind crippling regulations interfering with private property and the ability for individuals to pursue economic success through free market.

Kim opposes unaccountable emergency powers and introduced legislation to hold the governor accountable. 

Kim supports health freedom. She wrote legislation to ban public-serving entities from requiring proof of vaccination. 

Kim supports free speech which she believes is not only the right to say something but also the ability to choose what to hear.  

Kim continues to protect Second Amendment rights so individuals can retain the ability to defend themselves and their loved ones.

Kim pushes hard to allow parents a wider range of educational freedom so they can choose the best path of success for their children. 

Kim supports individual privacy and supports greater government transparency by reining in agency rulemaking, and improving citizens’ access to public records. 

Kim contends that all legislators should put their names on introduced legislation promoting transparency in lawmaking while bolstering accountability to voters.

Kim continues to call for regular and thorough election-system audits to ensure honest elections that voters can trust.  

VOTE KIM THATCHER for State Senate
www.kimthatcher.com
(Information furnished by Friends of Kim Thatcher.)


Bylaws Amendment Referral Argument Statements

Bylaws Amendment Referral #1:

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Bylaws Amendment Referral #3:

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Bylaws Amendment Referral #4:

The following statement was submitted by the LPO Board of Directors:

The current bylaws of the LPO forbid the Board of Directors from taking positions on any public policy or electoral issue unless it directly affects operations of the LPO. Although the original intention of this restriction was to reduce infighting within the LPO, this has severely prevented growth of our state affiliate. When Oregonians might have looked to Libertarians for a different take on issues that Democrats and Republicans are lockstep on, or a common sense take on issues all Libertarians agree on, we have been silent.

Since adoption of this restriction, there have been criticisms that the LPO has its hands tied when it comes to public outreach; there is no standard to which our candidates can be held; and that the LPO can’t address issues important to Libertarians. This all while legislation and executive policies infringe on our freedoms.

This amendment proposal allows a new body of the LPO (the Public Policy Board) to address public policy, with several restrictions on the PPB that are intended to mitigate the possibility of adopting positions that would be divisive among Libertarians:

  • its powers are locked behind a two-thirds quorum requirement, and most of those powers require a two-thirds or three-quarters majority vote;
  • some of its powers require concurrence or requests for funding from the Board of Directors;
  • it has no authority to contradict the Libertarian Party Statement of Principles or to contradict public policy positions adopted in LPO conventions;

The LPO board believes these restrictions to be more than sufficient to prevent infighting based on any extreme positions not felt by other Oregon Libertarians. In the event that the PPB takes positions the LPO membership disagrees with, PPB members can easily be removed at the LPO’s biennial convention. For these reasons, the LPO board wants to allow LPO social media to engage with Oregonians and spread the message of liberty. The alternative is to stay silent on the issues of our time. 

The following statement was submitted by Kyle Markley:


The following statement was submitted by Kyle Markley:


Bylaws Amendment Referral #5:

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Bylaws Amendment Referral #6:

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Bylaws Amendment Referral #7:

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Bylaws Amendment Referral #8:

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Bylaws Amendment Referral #9:

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