With less than a week to go before it’s National Convention, the Libertarian Party of Orleans Parish will host a Meet-and-Greet with Party Presidential Candidate hopeful Austin Petersen today from 4pm to 6:30pm at NOLA Brewing Taproom, 3001 Tchoupitoulas St, New Orleans, LA 70115. Austin Petersen is a former associate producer for Judge Andrew Napolitano’s FreedomWatch on the Fox Business Network and current owner of popular national news magazine The Libertarian Republic. Petersen runs on a platform of reducing government regulation, promoting individual liberty, and upholding constitutional governance.
The Libertarian Party Nominee will be selected at the National Libertarian Convention in Orlando, Florida, from May 26th to May 30th. Front runners in the Presidential Candidates race include former New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson, antivirus software tycoon John McAfee, and journalist Austin Petersen. Governor Gary Johnson, who was the 2012 Libertarian Presidential Candidate and garnered just over 1% of the national vote, is now polling 10% and 11% against Republican Candidate Donald Trump and Democratic Candidate Hillary Clinton. With the current dissatisfaction with the options provided by the two-party system, Americans are looking for better options.
The Libertarian Party is the fastest growing and 3rd largest political party in Louisiana and across the nation. The Libertarian Party is conservative on economic issues, in favor of less taxes, less government spending, and fiscal responsibility, while on social issues it upholds the notion that the government should stay out of our personal lives. Libertarians believe that you should be free to live your life as you choose as long as you don’t harm anyone else or their property. It’s the only Party that remains ideologically consistent in promoting all of your freedoms all of the time.
There are currently 11,924 Libertarians registered with the Secretary of State in Louisiana, and 1,389 registered in Orleans Parish. Local Libertarians meet monthly and are currently active at the State Legislature lobbying in support of civil rights issues such as Medical Marijuana reform, Food Freedom and the legalization of raw milk, 2nd Amendment Rights, and fighting against anti-privacy, crony-capitalist legislation such as the SB54 that would establish a License Plate Surveillance Database in Louisiana and the Real ID Bill.