In 2018, Virginia will hold elections for U.S. Senate. On the Democratic side, barring any major surprises, current Senator Tim Kaine will be the nominee. For the Republicans, so far we have Corey Stewart, Nick Freitas, E.W. Jackson, and Ivan Raiklin vying for the nomination. And, as of 15 hours ago according to Facebook, we also have a Libertarian seeking the position too.
A fellow by the name of Matt Waters has now begun to collect the 10,000 signatures necessary to appear on the Virginia ballot. Although I first heard news of his possible candidacy shortly before the new year, it seems that he has decided to go forward with the plan. At this point, I cannot say I know anything about him, other than I’m told he is pro-life (which is exciting!).
Even when there is only one candidate running for the party’s nomination, getting the Libertarian stamp of approval isn’t a guarantee, as delegates to their state convention can vote for none of the above if the person seeking the position doesn’t share enough of their principles. I believe that this is a position that both the Republicans and Democrats ought to adopt given the positions of some of their nominees over the years).
Who is Matt Waters? I’m told by some of the Libertarian leaders in Virginia that he will be a strong, credible, and value-focused candidate, but I’m looking forward to finding out for myself.