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Newly formed Osage County Libertarians meet candidates for governor and Congress

A recently formed Osage County group of Libertarians met Sept. 11 at Four Corners Restaurant, and learned from the party’s state chairman that an increase of registered Libertarian voters, many new startup county groups, and the growing interest in Libertarianism indicate an achievable goal of reaching major party status in 2014.

The state chairman of the Libertarian Party of Kansas, Al Terwelp, of Overbrook, said the focus of the Osage County Libertarian group will be to identify and support local Libertarian candidates, support statewide candidates, and help grow the state party.

“In the future, as this local group grows, we will identify local issues of interest and voice Libertarian solutions,” Terwelp said.

During the gathering, Keen Umbehr, of Alma, Libertarian candidate for Kansas governor, spoke about his First Amendment victory in the U.S. Supreme Court, his law practice and being a government whistleblower on such things as the inhumane treatment and sexual exploitation of women prisoners at the Topeka Corrections Facility. He also spoke about his campaign platform of government accountability, transparency and tax code. His platform is available at

Tresa McAlhaney, Bonner Springs, is the other Libertarian candidate for Kansas governor. Her running partner, Grant Nelson, Prairie Village, spoke to the Osage County group about their campaign platform of reducing or eliminating property taxes, supporting school choice, the Fair Tax, hemp production and medical cannabis. Information about the McAlhaney/Nelson campaign can be found at

Libertarian candidate for U.S. Congress 2nd District, Chris Clemmon, Leavenworth, was also on hand to talk about his campaign platform, with concerns about the environment, reducing U.S. military presence around the world and non-intervention, responsible drone use, reducing restrictions on teachers, and civil liberty protections. Information about his campaign is available at

For information about the Osage County Libertarians, contact Terwelp at 785-665-7581 or [email protected].

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