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Libertarians seek to boost profile among voters in Nevada

September 19, 2018

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Libertarians make up about 1 percent of Nevada’s active registered voters, but the party is working to raise its profile among voters and produce inroads with Republicans and Democrats.

The party has invited local Republican and Democratic candidates to a Las Vegas mixer and makes it a point to send Libertarians to Clark County school board meetings to advocate for leaner administrations and improved funding and services, the Las Vegas Sun reported Monday.

Unaffiliated and nonpartisan voters together make up more than 22 percent of the state’s active registered voters. Libertarian candidates, like Gregg Luckner who is running for Nevada’s 4th Congressional District, are hoping to win over voters turned off by the major parties.

In the November general election, Luckner is facing Republican Cresent Hardy, Democrat Steven Horsford, Independent American Party candidate Warren Ross Markowitz and two unaffiliated candidates.

The negative messages from Republicans and Democrats could move more voters away from the two major parties, Luckner said.

“They go by name recognition, primarily,” Luckner said of the GOP and Democrats. “They don’t go by platform or what they’re achieving or anything like that, and I feel like in this election especially, Democrats are just anti-Trump.”

Libertarians have found common ground with a Republican and two Democrats, inviting them to a mixer late last month.

Republican Trish Marsh, a candidate for Clark County Commission, mingled with the party at the mixer. Marsh said she and Libertarians agree on preventing tax increases, eliminating waste in government and opposing minimum wage increases.

“I relate to them,” Marsh said. “They don’t want taxes; they’re small businessmen.”

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Information from: Las Vegas Sun, http://www.lasvegassun.com

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