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Detroit political parties: Libertarian

That year, 1972, the Libertarian Party of Michigan was founded in the Detroit suburb of Taylor. In their first 40 years nine candidates were elected, three of whom were on partisan ballots.

The Libertarian Party presidential candidate in 2012 was Gary Johnson.
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The third largest American political party by number of votes gained is known as the Libertarian Party. It dates to 1971 when founder David Nolan gathered people to whom the two major parties had become irrelevant at representing their opinions. The party was able to enlist enough members to hold their first convention the following year.

The hallmark of the Libertarian Party is a strict interpretation of the Constitution favoring individual liberties. The party claims the larger parties have become power hungry putting them in a position increase taxes and regulations that prohibit people fully exercising the freedoms guaranteed by the founding fathers.

The party has not been a major force in elections. In the 2010 election Libertarians won 38 elections and had a total of 154 office holders, however none in statewide ballots.

The party attracts members from across all political spectrums as it is fiscally conservative but their social positions run the gamut between what liberals and conservative profess but not directly aligned with either.

This is part of a series of Detroit’s political views is taken by permission from the “Political Cultures” section of the educational website with locally relevant additions by your Detroit political buzz examiner.

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