Filings for 2018 elections closed on Friday, and with that we locked in our list of candidates for this year. We closed out with a total of nine candidates who will be seeking your support in King County. This is a 50% increase over last year! About 1/3 of the county will have at least one local Libertarian candidate for their state legislative district, and the rest will have one or more federal candidates. On top of that, we have delivered a full slate of three Libertarian challengers to the unchallenged Democrat incumbents in the 36th LD (Queen Anne, Ballard, Magnolia). As candidates ramp up their campaigns I will give you detailed introductions to each, but without further ado, here are some quick introductions.
Mike Luke, US Senate
Mike is a familiar name to many in Washington as he ran for US Senate in 2016 with us. A longtime Snohomish County resident, salesman, small business owner, and active leader, he is the current vice chair and political director with the Snohomish Libertarian Party. You can find out more about his campaign at luke4senate.com.
Richard T. Reyes, US House 8th CD
Richard is a volunteer and leader with Young Americans for Liberty who is running for office for the first time. A veteran, father, and Uber driver, Richard hopes to challenge the younger generation look beyond the partisan fighting today to innovate in solving the hard problems ahead of us. You can follow Richard on his Facebook page.
Matt Seymour, State Representative 1st LD (Position 2)
Matt has always had the view that people should be able to run their own lives as long as they don't harm others, and in 2016 he decided to join the Libertarian Party to move that message forward in politics. An experienced property manager in Bothell, he brings expertise in solving our housing crisis to the ballot in a district spanning King and Snohomish counties. You can follow Matt on his Facebook page.
Charles Schaefer, State Senator 33rd LD
Charles is an active Libertarian leader, currently serving as Secretary for LPKC and as Treasurer for LPWA, who has run for local and state office several times before. He is known for his activity in local politics in Burien as well as volunteering with Transform Burien. You can follow him on his Facebook page.
Bryan Simonson, State Senator 36th LD
Bryan is an active Libertarian supporter and current Region 2 Representative for LPWA. He is running to give voters a Libertarian alternative to establishment Democrat politicians in Seattle. You can follow him on his Facebook page.
Sydney G. Wissel, State Representative 36th LD (Position 1)
Sydney is a long-time Libertarian and lifetime King County resident who stepped up this week to help us give the voters a full Libertarian Party ballot option in the 36th. A mother and small business owner, having to find non-public options to meet the needs of her daughter has made her passionate about improving education opportunities for parents and taking tax dollars back from pet projects to your pocket. You can follow her on her Facebook page.
Matt Dubin, State Representative 36th LD (Position 2)
Matt has lived in Seattle for over 20 years and owns a law firm in Seattle. Previously vice chair of LPKC, Matt is running a historic campaign on the slogan "There is No Them" to rally voters in Seattle tired of divisive partisan politics. With the help of an experienced Libertarian team, he has raised over $35,000 already and is only $150 short of his opponent, an 11-year politician who is a member of the Democrat leadership in the House. You can find out more about his campaign at thereisnothem.us.
Nathaniel Deily, State Representative 41st LD (Position 1)
Nathan is a long-time Libertarian fed up with local politicians ignoring the voters and increasing restrictions on business. A Microsoft employee and board member of Operation: Cigars For Warriors, he wants to get the word out that politicians need to stop being misguided bureaucrats and start protecting our rights. You can follow Nathan on his Facebook page.
Boris Joffe, State Representative 43rd LD (Position 2)
Last but not least, Boris will be getting the libertarian message out on the ballot while running as an Independent in the heart of hard-left Seattle. A young software engineer in Seattle, this is his first time running for office and he hopes to introduce voters to libertarian ideas while building connections to the community.
If you do not know your legislative district, you can look it up here under "My Elected Officials" to find out which candidates will be on your ballot. Keep an eye on our Facebook page and the newsletter for more details on our candidates and opportunities to support them.