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Libertarian gubernatorial candidate seeks plurality

By Johnathan Silver
July 16, 2014 at 2:16 a.m.
Updated July 17, 2014 at 2:17 a.m.

Kathie Glass

Libertarian gubernatorial nominee Kathie Glass just needs a little more than a third of the electorate in November.

The third party candidate's search brought her to Victoria on Wednesday to meet with supporters and share her message.

About 10 people attended the meet and greet at Montana Mike's Steakhouse.

Glass plans to visit all 254 Texas counties, expecting it to give her the edge come Election Day, when voters will decide if she, Republican Greg Abbott, Democrat Wendy Davis or the Green party's Brandon Parmer will succeed incumbent Gov. Rick Perry next year.

For the general election, candidates won't need to exceed 50 percent of the vote. The winner just needs a plurality of the votes. Glass is calling the race one between three candidates - her, Abbott and Davis - and she expects her statewide tour to give her the edge.

Texas means "freedom," said Glass, a lawyer by trade who now dedicates her time to ending the "tyranny" of the federal government.

"I want to be Texas governor to unite Texans, so that we can do again what we've done before," she said. "Face down federal tyranny and change the course of history."

Her campaign literature features a theme about tapping into Texas' sovereignty, but she doesn't mean secession, she explained.

"We are a free and independent sovereign state subject only to the United States Constitution. That's the way it's set up - not only in the Texas Constitution but the United States Constitution," Glass said. "The states created the federal government. We are sovereign over them. We're the master. They're the servant. But we've got those signals crossed. Now, the federal government thinks it's our master and tells us what to do. And sadly, we've pretty much let it do that."

Glass's plan for independence but not sovereignty includes working to eliminate federal agencies and laws that led to the Environmental Protection Agency, the nation's health care law and more. In the state, she said, she would use the governor's line-item veto power to reduce spending and eliminate funding the state receives from the federal government. Other policy proposals include ending eminent domain, opting out of Medicaid and eliminating property and franchise taxes.

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