After four years of being left off the ballot as an official party, the State of Ohio has declared the Libertarian Party an official party again in June.
The Libertarian Party is now officially recognized as a minor political party by the State of Ohio, and voters will be seeing Libertarian candidates on the ballot this November, including gubernatorial candidate Travis Irvine. Irvine sat down with NBC4’s Mike Jackson to talk about why voters should listen to his party’s message and how he thinks he has the best chance at uniting voters.
Irvine is specifically targeting voters who supported Dennis Kucinich in the Democratic primary and Mary Taylor in the Republican primary.
“Basically, both groups of voters are single-issue voters,” Irvine said. “With Dennis Kucinich, his numbers were higher in counties where the opioid crisis is ravaging communities and the reason he got higher numbers there is because he spoke about legalizing marijuana.”
The Libertarian Party supports legalizing marijuana, and Irvine said people believe that marijuana could be a way to wean those struggling with addiction off opioids.
As for supporters of Mary Taylor, Irvine says it comes down to people’s opinion of Mike DeWine.
“Mike DeWine is an old, establishment Republican, people don’t know where he stands on issues,” Irvine said. “People are looking for new options. The Libertarians offer people an outsider perspective into politics.”
As for specific issues Irvine would address at the state level, he wants to tackle cutting spending and reducing regulations, criminal justice reform, legalizing marijuana and fixing the state’s medical marijuana program.
You can watch Mike Jackson’s full interview with Irivne above.