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October 24, 2012

Indiana’s third party sees progress beyond its wins

Libertarians work to build statewide organization

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INDIANAPOLIS —

“There’s no grand plan for where we go,” said Boneham. “We look for events around the state and try to match up with as many of them as we can.”

It’s not an easy way to campaign. Boneham said he’s lost 20 pounds over the last year, pushing the Libertarian message of less government and more civil liberties.

“It’s been good for me. I’m clean and healthy,” he said.

Boneham’s running mate, Brad Klopfenstein, thinks Boneham’s campaign has been good for the party. Klopfenstein spent five years, from 2000 to 2005, as the state party’s executive director.

In his first year, he helped to recruit nearly 200 candidates to run for local and state offices on the Libertarian ticket. “We needed to make an impact,” Klopfenstein said.

His candidates suffered resounding losses.

“Maybe they weren’t the best candidates,” he said.

But they got the attention he wanted, and he’s convinced they helped clear the way for the handful of Libertarian candidates who have since been elected to local offices or appointed to local boards and commissions.

Klopfenstein likened it to building a baseball team – starting with a farm system that provides training for inexperienced candidates and support for the best to move up.

“I’ll put any of our candidates now up against any other candidate in the state of Indiana,” Klopfenstein said. “And while they might not win, that doesn’t mean they’re not the best candidate.”

• Maureen Hayden covers the Statehouse for the CNHI newspapers in Indiana. She can be reached at maureen.hayden@indianamediagroup.com

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