Rainelle, WV (Fayette County) The Libertarian Party of West Virginia today announces yet another Libertarian candidate for the House of Delegates in the 2016 elections: Travis Simms in the primarily Fayette County-based three-member 32nd district. “The biggest problems facing the citizens of West Virginia and, in particular, the people of the 32nd District are the economy and its depressing off-shoot of hopelessness, drug abuse, and population decline,” says Simms. “We need a shake-up in the state legislature and an end to the partisan bickering of Republicans and Democrats. I’ll promote a problem-solving approach that respects the limits of what government programs can accomplish and encourages personal freedom as well as personal responsibility.” “I short, I think it’s time for a Libertarian in the legislature,” he contends.
Simms is the latest of the increasing number of Libertarians to announce for office this year, joining the Libertarian Party’s candidate for Governor, David D. Moran (Preston County), whose candidacy in 2012 for Governor gained the party official recognition status, its candidate for Attorney General, Karl Kolenich (Upshur County), its candidate for Secretary of State, John Buckley (Hardy County), and its candidate for State Treasurer, Brent West (Wood County). The Libertarian Party of West Virginia is now the third-largest political party in the state in terms of registered voters.
Simms has deep roots in the counties of southeastern West Virginia, as a graduate of Midland Trail High School and of Concord University. At Concord, he founded a nationally recognized chapter of Students for Liberty, a non-partisan student organization advocating for peace, free market economics, tolerance, and social freedom.
“Conservatives and liberals are talking past each other in the debate over public issues,” argues Simms, “and neither is listening to the public.” The public, he says, “wants economic growth, but not in the form of crony capitalism and special favors to government insiders.” At the same time, he emphasizes, “it’s time for West Virginia to embrace its diversity, respect the environment, and tolerate the life-style differences that arise from our heritage of liberty.”
The Libertarian Party supports free-market, limited government as well as personal liberties. The Libertarian Party of West Virginia (LPWV) will hold its state nominating convention on Saturday, May 7, at the Sutton Days Inn and Conference Center in Flatwoods. The LPWV anticipates nominating a full slate of candidates for the six statewide races in West Virginia this year as well as candidates for Congressional and state legislative office.