FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: AUGUST 21, 2018
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Alexandria, VA — Virginia is still, in its own way, a political museum piece. It is true that there is no longer a Poll Tax that denies the poor a chance to vote. And, many other restrictions on suffrage in Virginia are no more.
But, the culture of exclusion in Virginia politics survives and is manifested in the exclusion of third party and independent candidates from debate forums in Virginia.
While other states allow third party candidates into debates, private organizations in Virginia put in place criteria that deliberately restrict participation in debates to the candidates of the two old parties.
“It’s not as if the stage would be flooded with candidates,” said Matt Waters. “There are only three candidates for US Senate on the ballot this year, and I am one of them. My supporters and I worked hard to gather over 10,000 signatures of registered voters to get on the ballot, meeting the legal requirements of Virginia. I want and deserve a place on the debate stage to let people know that there is an alternative between democratic socialism on the left and big government Republicanism on the right.”
Voters are looking for alternatives, as more people become fed up with the two party system and realize that it is not working in the best interests of the American people.
In 2017, the Libertarian Party fielded Cliff Hyra as its candidate for Governor, as it did with Robert Sarvis in 2013. That was the first time that a third party had a candidate for Governor of Virginia in successive Gubernatorial elections from 1941 through 1953.
With the Matt Waters candidacy as the Libertarian candidate for US Senate this year, a third party has fielded a candidate for US Senate in Virginia in successive US Senate elections for the first time since 1958 and 1960.
“Times are a changin’,” said Matt Waters. “This is just the beginning of more Libertarian candidates running for office in Virginia. All debate organizers should allow all Libertarian Party candidates into debates to fully inform the people of Virginia what their choices are at the ballot box. To do less is to fail the people they are supposedly trying to serve.”
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Libertarian Candidate Matt Waters discusses the issues with CBS News Channel 6 in Richmond, VA, with TV anchor Bill Fitzgerald.
Interview on Remso Republic show