Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson set to visit NW Ohio on Nov. 2Written by Brigitta Burks | News Editor | BBurks@toledofreepress.com
UPDATE: Note change to start time.
Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson is set to speak in Northwest Ohio on Nov. 2.
Johnson, the former governor of New Mexico, will participate in an event at Clazel Theatre in Bowling Green from noon-3 p.m. Nov. 2, said Kenneth Sharp, an active member of the Lucas County Libertarian Party and Toledo Free Press columnist.
The event will be a joint effort between Lucas and Wood county Libertarian parties.
Sharp said Johnson’s campaign reached out after learning they had an open slot for Nov. 2 and would be around the area the same day.
Currently, there are no tickets being distributed because the Clazel should be able to hold all attendees, Sharp said.
That could change based on response to the event.
The Libertarian group is hoping for at least 600 attendees.
“I think people from both sides of the aisle have really been let down enough that they’re looking for a viable third-party alternative,” Sharp said.
“Even a 5 percent voter turnout nationally for the Libertarian party would break the two-party monopoly, because it breaks open the campaign finances,” he added.
There is a strong Libertarian presence in Northwest Ohio, Sharp said, adding that Johnson’s vice presidential candidate Jim Gray had a strong turnout when he spoke in Bowling Green in August.
According to Johnson’s campaign website, he was known as the “most fiscally conservative governor” and for his businesslike approach to governing.