The Libertarian Party of Iowa has given their website a much-needed overhaul. Among the information that can now be found on there is the current slate of candidates that the party is running for office.
Ajai Dittmar is running for Cedar Rapids City Council District 1.
Dittmar tells me the following about herself: “I am a 42 year old mother of four who is tired of crony capitalism running for public office for the first time. I am a local activist critical of the overreach in our local government. The only way to get the government out of our business and back to the basics is to get in office and bring these policies to the table.”
Alan Modracek is running for Cedar Rapids City Council District 3.
Alan is running for Cedar Rapids City Council, District 3. A family man, he has lived and worked in Cedar Rapids all his life except for a brief 6 years in the Navy.
Modracek’s Facebook page says: “I am running for Cedar Rapids City Council, District 3, to end the ‘tax and spend’ mentality of our local government. I will never vote in favor of a tax increase, and will fight tooth and nail to reduce the tax burden suffered by the people of Cedar Rapids. We can still fix our roads, have first class schools, and even flood protection. I want to make Cedar Rapids the most business friendly city in the Mid-West.”
Ariel Echevarria is running for Humboldt City Council At-Large as a write-in candidate.
Echevarria described himself to me thusly:
“I’m a 28 year old married man with a degree in Business Administration. I am currently running for Humboldt City Council. I recently moved to Iowa 6 months ago from Klamath Falls, OR. That town was about the size of Fort Dodge but I saw a lot of things that needed to change to make the city better. When I got to Humboldt I noticed some of the same things. For example, lack of business growth and things for young people to participate in. I believe that in order to have a healthy city we have to include the voice of the younger population (18-39 range). I believe city property taxes are very high in comparison to other near by cities and would like to see that change. I also feel like we need to strive to attract more small business in the local area.
“A few weeks ago a young woman wanted to place a cross in memory of her son on roadside property that was owned by a private company but the rights were given to the city for city purposes. She was initially denied her request. I do not believe that she should have been denied right off the bat. If I’m elected I will do everything within my power to make compromises between the city, it’s public and the private sector that operates within city limits. I also want to limit and change some of the city ordinances that tread on private residences. I want to see a dedicated dog park built within city limits as well.”
Nick Taiber is running for reelection to Cedar Falls City Council At-Large.
Taiber has served as a Councilman since 2010. He lives in the community with his wife and two children.
Says Taiber’s website: “Cedar Falls is a great place to live, and keeping it great requires initiative, fresh thinking, and a willingness to be bold. I bring unique perspective, bountiful energy, and careful leadership to Cedar Falls City Council.”
Jake Porter will seek the nomination to run as the Party’s candidate for Iowa Secretary of State in 2014.
Porter resides in Council Bluffs, Iowa and works for a large Internet corporation in Omaha, Nebraska.
Porter’s website states: “Jake Porter is the only candidate who has policies that will not increase the size of government. While Porter’s opponent wants to create additional rules and bureaucracy and in the past has suggested bringing economic development into the Secretary of State’s office, Porter understands the importance of having a small but efficient Secretary of State’s office and the need to follow the Iowa Code and Iowa Constitution. […] Jake wants to keep the Secretary of State’s office non-partisan and make it easy for all Iowans to participate in the election process. […] Jake believes in keeping government from disenfranchising voters through intimidation and voter suppression tactics.”