Max Bibeau | MINNESOTA
Chris Holbrook, a former gubernatorial candidate in the state of Minnesota, is running again, this time to be the Mayor of St. Paul, a city just East of Minneapolis.
He holds many Libertarian values and was previously endorsed by Governor Gary Johnson during his run for governor. His website describes his stance on many issues, such as his belief in marijuana legalization, a 15% flat tax, and a $0 minimum wage. Holbrook claims to base his policy off of two general rules: minimize and legalize.
While his policies may be a Libertarian dream, he has unfortunately not been able to garner sufficient support in the past, receiving a mere 0.9% of the vote in his 2014 run. Holbrook explains his motive for running again simply: “Just like when I ran for governor, it’s to satisfy my conscience and give people a choice.”
Back in 2014, Holbrook was involved in a mishap involving his local police station, where he was arrested for trying to obtain signatures at Lake Calhoun. He was attempting to get on the gubernatorial ballot by receiving the 2,000 signatures necessary when he was approached by police. Holbrook and his team immediately started filming, as the officer eventually handcuffed and arrested him. The police station later apologized to Holbrook and admitted that the officer was in the wrong. Holbrook later criticized the station, stating that “The part that makes me most angry is that they don’t know the law. The police officer doesn’t know his own law.”
Holbrook, along with 9 other candidates, is running to replace former Democrat Chris Coleman, who is no longer seeking reelection in the city.
While candidates such as Melvin Carter III (D) and Pat Harris (D) have spent over $250,000 so far in the campaign, Holbrook has raised and spent $0.
While Holbrook may be seen as a protest vote, his policies accurately reflect Libertarian viewpoints, and he holds strong to his principles, in the face of an increasingly one-sided election.