Virginia Libertarians Nominate Candidate for U.S. Senate

Matt Waters Libertarian Senate candidate VirginiaConvening in Richmond on Saturday, March 10, the Libertarian Party of Virginia nominated Matt Waters of Alexandria as its candidate for the U.S. Senate seat being contested in November. Along with the still-to-be-chosen Republican nominee, Waters will challenge incumbent Senator Tim Kaine.

A native Virginian whose roots go back to the original settlers at Jamestown on one side of his family, he is also the grandson of recent immigrants from Central Europe. Raised in Hampton Roads, he earned his undergraduate degree at George Mason University. Professionally, he has worked as a fundraising consultant for political causes and non-profit organizations.

In his speech to the LPVA delegates and in an interview with Bearing Drift (listen for it next week on The Score), Waters emphasized that his highest concern is the national debt, which he views as unsustainable. Citing a report from the Joint Chiefs of Staff, he said the debt is the biggest national security threat to the United States, greater than ISIS or Russia or China.

Waters describes himself as a pro-life Libertarian (“card-carrying” since 2008, he says) and a firm supporter of the Second Amendment — he takes a concealed weapon with him wherever he goes. He is also a home-schooling father of five children.

Like other statewide candidates, Waters must collect a minimum of 10,000 valid signatures of registered voters from across the Commonwealth, including 400 signatures from each of Virginia’s eleven congressional delegates, to qualify to have his name on the November general election ballot. The deadline for submitting those petitions to the State Board of Elections is 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, June 12, the same day that the GOP will choose its standard-bearer for the U.S. Senate race.

Like Cliff Hyra, who ran for governor in 2017, and Robert Sarvis, who ran for governor in 2013 and the U.S. Senate in 2014, one of Waters’ goals is to reach the high threshold of 10 percent of the popular vote necessary to qualify the Libertarian Party of Virginia as a major party alongside the Democrats and Republicans. This would alleviate the substantial burden of ballot-access efforts that drains the party’s treasury every time it seeks to run statewide candidates. Related to that, Waters also said he wants to improve the party’s fundraising capacity and build lists of donors and volunteers to help future candidates.

In addition to nominating Waters, the LPVA convention elected party officers and delegates to the party’s midterm national convention in New Orleans. LP members also heard from three of its nominees for the U.S. House of Representatives: Pete Wells, who is challenging incumbent Democrat Donald McEachin in the Fourth Congressional District; Joe Walton, who is running in the Seventh Congressional District against incumbent Republican Dave Brat; and Stevan Porter, who will face off against incumbent Democrat Gerry Connolly in the Eleventh District.

Like Senate candidate Matt Waters, the nominees for the U.S. House must submit petitions due on the same day as the June primary. They each must collect a minimum of 1,000 signatures of registered voters from within their districts.

  • old_redneck

    Meanwhile, Trump is laying the groundwork for a GOP loss in PA.

    President Trump has been privately attacking the GOP candidate in the Pennsylvania House special election, Axios reported Sunday.

    Trump has slammed Republican Rick Saccone as a bad and “weak” candidate, four sources told the news outlet.

    He reportedly shared his opinion of the GOP candidate before traveling to Pennsylvania to stump for Saccone on Saturday. Axios reported that it’s unclear if Trump’s opinion of the candidate has changed since then.

    Trump largely spent the rally touting his own achievements instead of discussing the candidate, but did endorse Saccone.

    Read more:

    Trump is laying the groundwork for throwing the GOP candidate under the bus when he loses – – – or taking credit if he wins.

    • Troublemaker

      Obama’s tactics

  • Joe Walton

    Thanks, Rick. My campaign website is here: Stay tuned!

  • M. D. Russ

    Do I have this right? Matt has never held elected office, he has no apparent qualifications for the US Senate, and his major campaign issue is that the national debt is unsustainable. (May I see a show of hands of everyone who disagrees with that premise?) He is a Libertarian who opposes the Constitutional right of a woman’s individual right to privacy established over 45 years ago in the Roe v. Wade Decision against government intrusion in personal matters. And, finally, his ambition is not to win but to outperform other Libertarian state-wide candidates by breaking out of the single-digits territory.

    Some candidate you got there, Rick.

  • Troublemaker

    Nick Freitas is the most libertarian of the Republican candidates. The L.P. would fare better by supporting Nick instead. Now their actions may end up with giving us a really bad Senator.

    • old_redneck

      Nick Freitas is not the nuttiest of the Republican candidates, but, he’s close.

      There. I fixed it for you.

    • Rick_Sincere

      There is not yet a Republican nominee for the U.S. Senate in Virginia. Libertarians (and other newer parties) cannot wait until the results of the primary on June 12 are announced to decide whether to nominate their own candidate(s), given the burdensome ballot-access laws imposed by the Republicans and Democrats.

      • Troublemaker

        Good point. At least you can get your party out to vote in the primary to assure that the Republican Party puts the most pro-liberty candidate on the ballot, increasing the odds of getting a pro-liberty Senator.

  • Robert Kenyon

    This is why the LP shouldn’t be taken seriously.

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