With a record-breakingwith the Texas Secretary of State’s Office before the January 12th deadline, the Libertarian Party of Texas may have touched on a third party political strategy untried outside of Florida: :
That surpasses the previous record of 110 candidates in 2002 and doesn’t include Libertarians who have filed for county-level offices.
Libertarian candidates have filed to run in 30 of the state’s 32 congressional districts, eleven of the 16 state Senate districts and 97 of the 150 Texas House districts. Libertarians also have filed to run for all statewide elected offices except presiding judge of the Court of Criminal Appeals.
The strategy may pay off for Libertarians, who could benefit from the publicity generated by Independent mavericks like gubernatorial candidate Kinky Friedman, who’s campaign has ignited a backlash against corruption and big money of both Republicans and Democrats.
Update by Stephen Gordon: DailyKos is bragging that the Democrats “fielded candidates in 31 of 32 [Texas] House districts.” I’m not sure what our final count will be, but it is possible that we will tie or beat them — despite the significantly greater level of resources within the Democratic Party.
Update by Stephen VanDyke: There seems to be at least one publicized overlapping of candidates due to some in Beaumont
Beaumont residents Dean Tucker and Allen Lee both claim the title of Libertarian Party chairman. Party members chose Lee for the post at the March 2004 county convention. Tucker said the county party’s executive committee declared the post vacant in June after Lee missed two consecutive meetings. It then appointed Tucker. The state party recognizes Tucker as chairman.
Helen Sue Sherbaf, 59, of Beaumont filed with Tucker to run for county judge. Samuel Jackson, 67, of Port Arthur filed with Lee.
Pat Dixon, chairman of the state party, said by telephone he was unsure how the party would resolve the filing issue or what rights Jackson might have to be considered a Libertarian candidate. Jackson said Wednesday he intends to remain as a candidate.
Personally, I think this is not all that bad of a problem to be running into (two candidates for one race), but there seems to be a bit of a scandal over the chair issue that needs to be sorted out very quickly.