Libertarian presidential candidate hopes to gain ground in 2020 race

Dr. Jo Jorgensen has qualified for the ballot in 44 states so far, and says she will become the first female candidate to appear on all 50

TULSA — Born in 1971 in a Colorado Springs living room, the Libertarian Party has grown to become the largest alternative party in American politics, and in 2020 hopes to have its presidential candidate on the ballot in all fifty states.

That candidate, Dr. Jo Jorgensen, recently spoke to KRMG during a campaign swing through Oklahoma.

“Government has gotten too big, too nosy, too intrusive - and the worst part is they usually hurt the very people they’re trying to help,” she said, “and I think after the coronavirus, people realize that this is not what we’re supposed to be doing.”

Oklahoma’s Libertarian party formed early on, in 1972, but has struggled to maintain ballot access in Oklahoma over the years.

However, in 2014 the requirements to achieve that status were relaxed, and in 2016 the requirements to retain that status also became much less restrictive.

The 2016 Libertarian presidential candidate, Gary Johnson, managed to capture 5.8% of the vote in Oklahoma, by far the party’s best showing here so far.

Dr. Jorgensen will be on the ballot in Oklahoma in November, and has achieved ballot status in 43 other states as of this writing.

She tells KRMG she will make it onto ballots in all fifty states by November - and if she achieves that goal, she’ll become the first woman to appear on ballots in every state twice.

She was the Libertarian vice presidential candidate in 1996, running alongside Harry Browne.

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