Of all the Oklahoma Libertarian party nominees campaigning in the 2016 general election, none have more broad respect and support that what Dr. Shannon Grimes of Tahlequah has earned. Grimes has been a respected professional in his community and has previously been a leader in the Republican Party of Oklahoma. He is running in a staunchly Democrat district where the Republican Party has no serious candidate to offer. Grimes remains a dear friend to many respected Republican leaders and activists.
Grimes recently posted this message to his fellow Libertarians.
If the point is not to win (in order to have more impact) then why have a party at all?
I know that I myself have a goal to raise about $10,000 more to properly fund the campaign mailers and other outreach in my district. I am sure others running have similar needs.
So here's the thing. If we are going to do this and not just as a joke or half-way, we the candidates, need your support. Of the 16 or so candidates we have running only a handful of us actively campaigning. We need your support in ways more than just Facebook likes. We need money. We need volunteers. We need you reaching out to likely and unlikely voters.
We need you to donate. $10, $20, $100, whatever you can or will. Without your support we are not going to get very far as campaigns. Without your support we are not going to be visible campaigns. Without your support we will be easy to dismiss as not being real candidates compared to our established opponents.
This is our first chance to do well. Please help us by encouraging those you know to donate as well.
Fortysix News said;
“In many ways both the Republican and Democrat parties have failed to adequately represent their members,” Grimes stated, “Both have spent years locally advocating responsibility yet in Oklahoma City their actions tell much different stories. I have joined the Libertarian Party because I believe we must embrace policy that limits the scope of government through sensible fiscal policy as well as practical social policy that protects the rights of the individual.”
Democrat state Rep. William Fourkiller currently holds the House District 86 seat and has filed for re-election.
Grimes sees this as an opportunity to serve the constituents of House District 86 beyond party lines, “Many people right now are frustrated at the childish behavior of both sides, from the national arena down to the state level. I hope that by running for office as a Libertarian, I can show people that we can set aside the party prejudices and work on finding solutions that work for all Oklahomans.”
Learn more about Dr. Shannon Grimes at: http://www.shannongrimes.com/
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