Maine Libertarians raise awareness, support for write-in Congressional candidate

Libertarians rally, raise awareness of party

PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER)-- Libertarian Party supporters marched a rally through Portland Saturday. The goal was to raise awareness of their party's presidential and vice presidential candidates, Gary Johnson and Bill Weld, as well as the candidate for representative of the first Congressional Distract of Maine, Jim Bouchard. He's running against incumbent Democrat Chellie Pingree and and challenger, Republican Mark Holbrook.

Bouchard is running as a write-in Libertarian candidate. During the rally he focused on national issues, including the discussion of ending the war in the middle east and improving the financial state of the U-S. He also gave his stance on some of this year's ballot questions in Maine, including his support of decriminalizing recreational marijuana and putting more resources towards addiction treatment, protecting second amendment rights, and avoiding discouraging businesses from moving to Maine by not raising taxes. 
"What we are trying to do, very, very hard, is to refocus on the issues. There's been so much talk about the ethics and the morality especially of the major party candidates for the presidential race, and that's shifted all our focus away from the things that really, really count," said Bouchard.
Bouchard says he could have gotten his name on the November ballot if he ran as an Independent, but he wanted to represent the Libertarian party. That is why he is running as a write-in candidate.


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