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Libertarian Gubernatorial candidates debate in Grand Rapids

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Libertarian Party of Michigan

Michigan’s Libertarian gubernatorial candidates squared off last night during a debate held at Grand Valley State University’s Seidman College of Business in downtown Grand Rapids. WGVU spoke with the candidates.

John Tatar has been an active member of the Libertarian Party for nearly four decades. The 69-year old is a small business owner and served in the U.S. army. Tatar has also run for State Representative and U.S. Congress. Now, he’s running for governor. His message to Michigan voters?

“We were given the greatest country in the world where the people were in charge. Ben Franklin put it best, ‘We’re going to give you a republic if you can keep it.’ Remember, when the government fears the people there’s liberty. When the people fear government there’s tyranny. We need to reduce the amount of money going to Lansing. We need to expect them to do their duty by the budget. To get something different, you’ve got to do something different. So, let me show you how to do something different. Let’s bring the republic back and restore Michigan’s economy to its greatest performance.”

Bill Gelineau, Libertarian gubernatorial candidate
Credit Libertarian Party of Michigan
Bill Gelineau, Libertarian gubernatorial candidate

Bill Gileneau was elected as Chairman of the Libertarian Party of Michigan in 2003. His political background includes campaigns for Michigan House and Senate and a 2012 bid for the U.S. House of Representatives in Michigan’s 3rd Congressional District. In 2018 the 58-year old Real Estate Land Title Professional has turned his attention to governor. Gileneau’s message to voters?

“Well, the most important thing is that Michigan voters need another choice and the Libertarian Party now is out there forcefully to try to offer those good ideas. We’re about small government. We’re about tolerance in the workplace. And so those two ideas of social tolerance together with free market ideas is really what I’m promoting and working hard every day to make sure Michigan voters know that choice is out there for them and we’re going to be on the primary ballot and I’m really proud to try to represent our party.”

August 7th will mark the first time Libertarian candidates will appear on Michigan’s primary ballot.

Patrick Center, WGVU News.