VIDEO: Babiarz Running for Governor
Libertarian Party of New Hampshire candidate says he's "the moderate in the race."
Businessman John Babiarz filed to run again for governor of the state of New Hampshire on June 11, at the Secretary of State's Office.
Babiarz, who is running as the Libertarian Party of New Hampshire candidate, believes his message of restoring state government to the basic framework of the constitution was resonating with younger voters and those who are alienated by both political parties.
“The Democrats are so far to the left and the Republicans so far to the right, I’ve become the moderate in the race,” he said, laughing.
If he and the party are able to pass the signature threshold of 13,000, in November, Babiarz will face Jackie Cilley, Maggie Hassan, or Bill Kennedy, on the Democratic side, and Ovide Lamontagne or Kevin Smith, on the Republican side.
Babiarz knows the challenge of a signature drive and running on the Libertarian ballot line. He was the party’s nominee in 2000, 2002, and 2010. In some years he was able to get into debates and raise enough money for radio and television ads; in other years, his campaign was completely ignored.
This time around though, the campaign is going to use more of the alternative media to get the message out, “because they give us a fair shake," he said.
"I think when people hear the message, they are more open to it," Babiarz said.
Babiarz will need all the help he can get since the signature threshold is even higher than it has been in the past. Back in 2000, the party only needed to certify 10,000 signatures and they were able to collect about 12,000. This year, it’s 13,000, so the party is shooting for 18,000 signatures. As the state grows, Babiarz said, the turnout goes up and subsequently, the threshold for ballot access for Libertarians also rises.
“We’ve been going right along and we’re within 2,000 of our goal,” he said. “We’re confident we’re going to do it.”