Indianapolis Politics Archive

Libertarian Party of Marion County Selects Candidates for November Ballot

Indianapolis, IN – The Libertarian Party of Marion County recently held its Annual County Convention and selected several candidates to be placed on the ballot in November.  “We’re excited to introduce eight great candidates that voters in Marion County should feel confident voting for in November,” said Chris Mayo, Chair of the LPMC. “Our candidates have been working in their communities bringing effective, practical solutions to real life problems.  Electing them to local public offices will provide a huge benefit to their local communities.”

The Libertarian Party of Marion County nominated the following candidates:

  • Marion County Treasurer: Chris Bowen
  • Center Township Advisory Board District 4: Paul Copeland
  • Decatur Township Advisory Board District 3:  Jared Wales
  • Franklin Township Advisory Board District 2: Justin Hutchinson
  • Warren Township Advisory Board Districts 1:  Michael Gunyon
  • Warren Township Advisory Board District 4:  Josh Featherstone
  • Washington Township Advisory Board District 4: Angela Fisher
  • Wayne Township Advisory Board District 1: Jason Sipe

“We’re not through, yet,” continued Mayo.  We’ll continue driving up to the June deadline to recruit more candidates.  We want voters to have a real choice in every race on the ballot, and will continue working towards that goal.”

Mayo also put out a call to anyone that might be considering a run for office.  “If you’re interested in getting involved with your local government, or you have ideas to help your community and want to make them heard, give me a call or send me an email and we’ll be happy to help you out.”

Libertarian Party of Marion County to Hold Their County Convention on April 9th

Indianapolis, IN – April 6, 2016 – The Libertarian Party of Marion County will hold its Annual County Convention on Saturday, April 9th, 2016 at Highland Golf & Country Club, 1050 W 52nd St, Indianapolis.  The event will begin at 11am with a series of speakers, including Robert Enlow from the Friedman Foundation for Educational Choice and Abdul-Hakim Shabazz from 93.1 WIBC.  There will also be speaking time granted to the two candidates seeking the Libertarian Party of Indiana’s Gubernatorial nomination, Rex Bell and Jim Wallace, as well as LPIN Chair Joe Hauptmann.

The business portion of the meeting will begin at 1pm, and will focus on the nomination of local candidates.  The Party will also be slating candidates for State and Federal races whose districts include all or part of Marion County. The State and Federal candidates will be nominated at the Libertarian Party of Indiana Sate Convention on April 23rd.

The Party will be nominating candidates for the following races:

  • Center Township Advisory Board Districts 1-7
  • Decatur Township Advisory Board Districts 1-7
  • Franklin Township Advisory Board Districts 1-7
  • Lawrence Township Advisory Board Districts 1-7
  • Perry Township Advisory Board Districts 1-7
  • Pike Township Advisory Board Districts 1-7
  • Warren Township Advisory Board Districts 1-7
  • Washington Township Advisory Board Districts 1-7
  • Wayne Township Advisory Board Districts 1-7
  • Marion County Treasurer
  • Marion County Surveyor
  • Marion County Coroner

The Party will be slating candidates for the following races:

  • United States House of Representatives Districts 5 and 7
  • Indiana State House of Representatives Districts 86, 87, 88, 89, 90, 91, 92, 93, 94, 95, 96, 97, 98, 99, and 100
  • Indiana Senate Districts 30, 32, 33, 34, 35, and 36

Libertarian Party of Marion County Questions the Need to Add 150 New Officers to IMPD; Believes Proactive Measures Would be More Effective

Indianapolis, IN – The growth of violent crime in Indianapolis is undeniable.  Many of our City’s elected leaders have blindly pretended there is only one option to solve this epidemic: the addition of a large number of new police officers to the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department.  The Libertarian Party of Marion County questions whether this increase in officers will actually reverse that trend, or if there are better ways available.

“Simply throwing 150 new officers on the streets isn’t going to stop crime,” said Chris Mayo, Chair of the LPMC, “If crime prevention was simply a matter of increasing the ratio of officers per capita, Chicago would be a Mecca for peace.”  Mayo continued by pointing out Chicago has 44 officers per 10,000 citizens versus Indianapolis’ 20 per 10,000; meanwhile Chicago’s murder rate outpaces Indy’s 5-1, and rapes outpace Indy 3-1.  “Increasing the police state isn’t working there, and it shouldn’t be accepted – let alone proposed – in our city.”

City-County Council District 23 Candidate Douglas McNaughton shared Mayo’s Chicago sentiment, adding, “Washington D.C. has three times as many officers per capita as Indianapolis. Maybe the number of cops on the payroll is not the problem in Indianapolis.”  McNaughton suggests that a more positive involvement in the community would have a greater impact. “Let’s find new ways to utilize the officers we have. I’d rather have cops sharing a coffee and conversation with the community than roaming around looking for whatever some politician or bureaucrat tells them to look for.”

Fellow City-County Council Hopeful Mike Jasper (District 25) also believes that preventive measures are more likely to curb the chaos than a sudden spike in officer numbers.  “If we don’t find ways for people to earn a living, we can’t pretend to be surprised when they feel forced to take a living. We can’t police our way out of a surplus of ‘idle hands.’ We have to put those hands to productive work.”

Mayo, too, states that striking at the cause of crime is more necessary than funding a reaction to it.  “Instead of growing the police state, maybe we need to look at the cultural and economic issues that lead to increased crime. Maybe we need to find ways to engage our communities or empower them to tackle the issues at a more local level,” he said.  “Organizations like the Ten Point Coalition have proven very effective at reducing crime in local communities. Why aren’t we providing them with the tools they need to grow and succeed?”

The Libertarian Party of Marion County strongly believes in the need for our communities to be free of violent crime.  We doubt, though, that the addition of 150 officers to our police force is an effective way to make that happen.  We are forced to wonder if this idea spawned from any real indicator that more officers would solve the problem, or did our City Leaders simply latch on to the first thing that sounded good that, also, allows them to increase the police state?

Bill Levin Puts Out Straight Forward Commercial

At-Large City-County Council candidate Bill Levin (L) has a new commercial hitting th airwaves. A link to it has been making its way around Facebook.

In it, Levin takes a simple and straightforward approach. Tired of the way the Republicans and Democrats are acting? Tired of crime? Vote for me.

Levin is a well-known and popular person around town. Between his higher profile and commercials like these, he’s bound to really shake up the Council race next month.

Check out the commercial here

Coleman Goes Prime-Time

City-Councillor Ed Coleman, seeking re-election in the Southside’s 24th District, has released a couple of commercials.