Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Public office candidates meet voters ‘Sunday in the Park for Liberty’ - University Star

Public office candidates meet voters ‘Sunday in the Park for Liberty’
Posted on Tuesday, September 16, 2008 at 12:59 am | By Sean Batura
News election House of Representatives Matt Young Will Conley Candidates for public office gathered at Rio Vista Park Sunday to meet people whose votes may disrupt the status quo. The San Marcos chapter of the Campaign for Liberty, which grew out of Texas Congressman Ron Paul’s bid for the Republican presidential nomination, hosted “Sunday in the Park for Liberty.” According to the organization’s Web site, its fundamental principles consist of “respect for the Constitution, the rule of law, individual liberty, sound money and a noninterventionist foreign policy.”

Residents met candidates such as Matt Young, for Texas House District 45, Lisa Coppoletta, for seat 4 on the City Council, Rodney Van Ouderkerke, for justice of the peace, Will Conley, for Hays County commission, Luanne Caraway, for Hays County tax collector-assessor, and Daniel McCarthy, for mayor of San Marcos. Conley and Luanne are running for re-election.

McCarthy, history junior, said he wants to give Texas State graduates an incentive to stay in the city in the form of $10,000 housing grants.

McCarthy said he turned down an opportunity to receive money from the San Marcos Area Board of Realtors and signed a waiver stating he would use less than $500 in his campaign.

McCarthy said he wants to be beholden to the people in his constituency instead of wealthy special interest groups “I want to show people that this can be done on a shoestring budget,” said McCarthy, member of the Campaign for Liberty. “You don’t have to spend $10,000 on a city race.”

McCarthy said residents should not hesitate to embrace third-party candidates.

“We all need to be looking into alternatives,” McCarthy said. “It’s a false dichotomy. The Democrats and Republicans are two sides of the same coin.”
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Public office candidates meet voters ‘Sunday in the Park for Liberty’