Local Libertarians talk up Barr as presidential nominee

Item by Chris Graham

Former Republican congressman Bob Barr is the Libertarian Party’s nominee to run for president. Charlottesville-area Libertarians are excited with the choice.

“Unlike the Democrats and Republicans, whose conventions are nothing more than coronations, our convention was full of suspense and drama. No one knew who was going to win going in, or even halfway through,” said John Munchmeyer, the chair of the Jefferson Area Libertarians, who led a local delegation to the party’s convention in Denver.

“And the best part was, unlike the other parties who receive public funds for their primaries, our convention didn’t cost the taxpayers a dime!” Munchmeyer said.

Barr was selected on the sixth convention ballot. He left the Republican Party in 2006 and has served as a member of the Libertarian National Committee since December 2006.

Charlottesville-area members of the delegation included Munchmeyer, former 24th Senate District candidate Arin Sime, former national Libertarian Party chairman James Lark and James Curtis.

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