As the Libertarian candidate for County Judge of Bexar County, I promise to reduce government intrusion and increase personal liberty as I execute the office of Chairman of Commissioners Court. The County Judge represents ALL of the county, not just a part of it. Commissioners Court oversees all executive and administrative departments of the County Government, it is not a judicial court.
As a Libertarian how would I "run" the County ?
Libertarians believe that ALL Americans should be empowered with "freedom of choice." We believe that taxes and unnecessary regulations restrict your freedom of choice. I promise to work hard to eliminate unnecessary taxes, lower current taxes and eliminate unnecessary regulations. Vigilance and hard work on my part, as your County Judge, will result in an empowered citizenry, able to pursue life, liberty and happiness.
I will do my part and ask that you do yours - VOTE Libertarian !
Rhett Rosenquest Smith
Libertarian Candidate for Bexar County Judge
By John W. Gonzalez STAFF WRITER
They’ll advocate legalization of drugs, oppose San Antonio’s streetcar project and call for the free movement of people and goods across the Mexican border.
General election candidates for federal, state and local offices have been selected by the Libertarian Party of Texas, the state’s third-largest political force, and each candidate will offer his or her own ideas to maintain individual rights and reduce government.
While winning offices might be unlikely, Libertarians hope to stir debate and offer alternatives to the state’s major-party candidates in the November election.
Libertarians will field contenders for all of Texas’ top offices, including U.S. senator, congressional seats and statewide offices of governor, lieutenant governor, attorney general and others.
In Bexar County, Libertarians will vie along with Democrats and Republicans for seats in the 2015 Legislature and the offices of county judge, county commissioner and justice of the peace.
“Limited government can be the best government for our society,” said county judge candidate Rhett Smith, who ran for mayor five times and once for Congress under the Green Party banner.
Issues that Smith hopes to raise in coming months include “streetcar, immigration, Obama-care, transparency in general,” he said Friday.
Smith and other Libertarian candidates could face the usual problem of being excluded from forums involving the major parties’ nominees.
As a “minor” party under state election law, Libertarians and the Green Party aren’t required to conduct primary elections; instead, they have conventions where delegates select candidates.
About three dozen Bexar County Libertarians gathered in March to select local candidates before the state meeting was convened earlier this month.
The party was assured of spots on the fall ballot because some of its candidates garnered more than 2 percent of the vote in recent statewide elections.
The party’s state convention in Temple, which drew 220 delegates April 11-13, was twice the size of its 2012 gathering. It had a bit of controversy when some delegates wanted “none of the above” for governor rather than the eventual nominee, Houston attorney Kathie Glass.
Glass, who also ran four years ago, was one of five seeking the nomination. Her campaign website describes her as a 30-year advocate for the liberty movement.
“Our freedom is under assault like never before, with the most critical attacks coming from our out-of-control federal government. The recent federal takeover of our health care is just the most recent and — to date — most dangerous act of aggression on our individual sovereignty and our Texas state sovereignty,” she said.
However, “regulars in the party felt her policies were perhaps not fully Libertarian,” Bexar Libertarian Party Chairman Gil Robinson said.
The issue, he said, was Glass’ tough stance on immigration policy that clashed with the party’s new, more moderate plank.
The updated immigration policy “basically said the Libertarian Party believes that movement of people should be as free as possible, as should movement of money and goods,” Robinson said.
“The prior plank had a statement to the effect that there should be control of the border until the welfare state apparatus is dismantled,” he said.
Other party stances remained unchanged, Robinson said. For instance, “we advocate for full legalization of drugs. Period.”
A Travis County lawyer with a San Antonio office will represent the party in the attorney general’s race. Jamie Balagia, known as the “DWI Dude,” said he’ll offer two distinguishing positions.
“I want to lead Texas in the fight to legalize cannabis,” especially medicinal marijuana, Balagia said. “If you decriminalize it, that still encourages the black market.”
Secondly, he said he’ll push for police accountability by seeking mandatory taping of all encounters with residents.
One of the party’s main goals is unchanged: influencing policy discussions, even without capturing offices through big-dollar campaigns.
“We run on a shoestring. The Libertarian Party is not a party of wealthy people. Our bank account, locally, is just a couple of thousand (dollars),” Robinson said. email@example.com Twitter: @johnwgonzalez
“Our freedom is under assault like never before, with the most critical attacks coming from our out-of-control federal government.”
Kathie Glass, Houston attorney and nominee for governor
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|Birth Place :||Ranger, TX|
|Education :||BA, Accounting, UT Austin|
|Professional :||1983 - Present Allied Barton Security, Inc.|
|1973 - 1977 Auditor, Department of Human Services, State of Texas|
|Military :||1979-1983 United States Navy|
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|Rhett Smith attends 4/11/13 Council Meeting|
to request that the city
support a resolution
to apologize for treatment of black slaves
and Texas indigenous peoples.
Fidel Castillo requests city support for legislation
protecting the Mission de Valero as a
sacred buriel site.
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