Arthur M Thomas IV is coming off a strong showing in his race for the Texas State House of Representatives. He was ultimately defeated by Texas House Speaker, incumbent Republican Joe Straus.
Arthur is now running for San Antonio City Council District 10. Unlike his run for the House where Arthur ran as a Libertarian Party candidate, the city council is officially nonpartisan. The reality of its lack of partisanship is open to interpretation.
I asked Arthur about his plans and platform and this was his response:
I am running because I believe truly limited government is not represented by any of our current council members. They range from managing government growth like a business to 'government solves all problems'. We live in a time when our pocketbooks are stretched and government is failing around us. Government is piling on debt not just nationally but at the state and local levels as well. We desperately need people that will fight to not just try to manage the government beast but to fight it off and chop off some of its limbs. I believe San Antonio doesn't have to grow through political machinations as every other city, but can become a spotlight of volunteerism and voluntary markets that show the state and country how to really be free. Its time to end business as usual and start living like free people.
My plan is simple. I will evaluate every single program I can and try to find ways to cut it. All this while making sure the basics of city government are focused on. Good roads and security. Anyone can make a list of good ideas and petition government to take what it wants to implement it. We have gotten great at doing that. I want to stand up and fight to end it. No more playing 'Hunger Games' with city districts. People can lead themselves and they don't need me or anyone else to do that. I just want to give them their full ability back to do so.
More information on Mr. Thomas and his campaign can be found on his campaign website.