First Libertarian Elected In Mississippi

By James Lakin | Mclain, MS

Earlier today, Mayor Steve McCluskey of the small town of Mclain, MS became the first Libertarian elected in Mississippi history. This is not only an incredible stride for the Libertarian Party, but a necessity for the struggling small town which Mayor McCluskey was elected to govern. Below, entails the policy goals of the Mayor and the potential benefits the Libertarian mayor possesses for a small town whose incumbent mayor was a Democrat.
After winning the election Mayor McCluskey said in a statement on Facebook.

 “Humble” and “proud” does not begin to describe how I felt tonight at the inauguration of the aldermen and myself. The turnout was incredible and confirmed my belief that local government is paramount to all other levels because the engagement at the most basic level is possible. There are a couple things I would like to note.

First, the level of civility in this past election for McLain should make anyone envious. Even after the ballots were counted, the previous mayor, Clyde Sylvester, has helped me with anything I have asked for to make this transition as smooth as possible. He has went above and beyond to make McLain better. I thank him for that.

I was also advised earlier in the day, that McLain made history. I decided that I would affiliate with the Libertarian Party for one basic principle. Like I said tonight after my oath, I want the community involved and that myself nor any other elected official has the answer for all the problems and you know what is better for you more than anyone else. This is the people’s seat and I urge all to be just as involved as I will be. McLain is a diverse town and all voices will be heard with the citizens choosing which direction they want to go. It’s for that basic and simple principle that I chose the Libertarian Party. Because of that choice, McLain has the first and only elected Libertarian in state history. It only points out that our little town is in fact “unique” and “diverse”. It also highlights why I wanted to run for this seat because it was each individual that I have met that has made this town as special as it is.

Below are pictures from the swearing in. I want to thank my family, the aldermen, clergy and citizens that were in attendance. I also want to thank District 105 State Rep, Roun McNeal, for administering the oath of office to the aldermen and myself.

Now the work begins! Let’s get started! 

Mclain, MS is a small town of less than 500 people that has been decimated by economic plight in the last decade, with its population decreasing by over 26%. In fact, its median household income is 40% less than the national average. It is located in the southeastern part of Mississippi and is known for its rivers, hunting, and fishing. Nevertheless, it is still, to this point, unable to overcome its fiscal tribulations.

The small town of Mclain, MS has a population of less than 500

But however dismal these circumstances may appear, Mayor McCluskey has several bold, Libertarian ideas that he feels have the potential to revitalize the small town. Some of his intentions include providing for the town a program that fosters educational excellence through the means of a mentorship program. McCluskey says that it will not only benefit the students, in grades 9-12, but motivate them to achieve dreams they never thought possible, such as going to college, a goal previously deemed unattainable for many in the town where 60% of residents either possess a high school degree or below.
Another goal of Mayor McCluskey is to allocate tax revenues to infrastructure based investment to assist in the input of corporate capital into the small town. He believes that it will assist in bringing back more jobs and encouraging individuals to move to the town. It will also, in his opinion, assist in bringing back tourism, which he states is good for the town’s economy.

Image of the mayor with his dog.

People can go hunting in the woods, fishing on the sandbars, and stay in the hotels of Mclain, MS, which will possess innumerable benefits for the small town.
What is to come for the town is uncertain, however, with such a strong leader and the right local policy it has the potential to thrive as an idyllic southern escape and economic engine.

– Update –

Mayor McCluskey said in a statement to 71 Republic the afternoon of 7/9

It(getting elected) feels great. There are people who look, sound, and think like me throughout Mississippi. They are Libertarians and simply did not know it, like I didn’t know it for many years. They are “salt of the earth” people who care for eachother and want to be left alone by the government. I’m proud to give them a voice and am excited to see what the future holds.

And Mayor McCluskey does have a point. So many individuals are “closet Libertarians”, too afraid to leave the broken party that they hold dearest. Lifelong Democrats and Republicans are becoming fed up with the system, which gives rise to individuals like the Mayor.

His winning provides a new opportunity for Libertarians everywhere. Proof that someone with views as forward thinking as his can get elected into office and proof that Libertarians do indeed have the potential to change the course of politics as we know it.
To see the full speech of Mayor McCluskey click here.

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3 thoughts on “First Libertarian Elected In Mississippi”

  1. There was a time when Americans believed in freedom.

    The US is dying from a million cuts. Part of the reason the USA is a nanny police state now is that whenever there is a problem, the kneejerk reaction in the US is to call for a new law.

    Nanny state laws are not the best solution, however. Nanny state laws lead to more laws, higher fines, and tougher sentences. Thirty-five years ago, DWI laws were enacted that led to DWI checkpoints and lower DWI levels. Seatbelt laws led to backseat seatbelt laws, childseat laws, and pet seatbelt laws. Car liability insurance laws led to health insurance laws and gun liability laws. Smoking laws that banned smoking in buildings led to laws against smoking in parks and then bans against smoking in entire cities. Sex offender registration laws led to sex offender restriction laws and violent offender registration laws.

    Nanny state laws don’t make us safer, either. Nanny state laws lead people to be careless since they don’t need to have personal responsibility anymore. People don’t need to be careful crossing the street now because drunk-driving has been outlawed and driving while using a mobile phone is illegal. People don’t investigate companies or carry out due diligence because businesses must have business licenses now.

    The main point of nanny state laws is not safety. The main purposes of more laws are control and revenue generation for the state.

    Another reason laws are enacted is because corporations give donations to lawmakers to stifle competition or increase sales.

    Many laws are contradictory, too. Some laws say watering lawns is required, while other laws say watering lawns is illegal.

    Many nanny state laws that aim to solve a problem can be fixed by using existing laws. If assault is already illegal, why do we need a new law that outlaws hitting umpires?

    Nanny state laws are not even necessary. If everything was legal would you steal, murder, and use crack cocaine? Aren’t there other ways to solve problems besides calling the police? Couldn’t people educate or talk to people who bother them? Couldn’t people be sued for annoying behavior? Couldn’t people just move away? Even if assault was legal, wouldn’t attackers risk being killed or injured, too? Do people have consciences? Having no laws doesn’t mean actions have no consequences.

    If there is no victim, there is no crime.

    We don’t need thousands of laws when we only need 10.

    Should swimming pools be banned because they are dangerous? Hammers? Bottles? Rocks? Energy drinks? Pillows?

    Where does it end?

    If one state can have self-serve gas stations, why can’t every state have them? If sodas were legal 20 years ago, why can’t they be legal now?

    Freedom is not just a one way street. You can only have freedom for yourself if you allow others to have it.

    Control freaks might get angry when a neighbor owns three indoor cats, but what did the neighbor take from them? Why should this be illegal? Is outlawing cats something a free country should do? Doesn’t banning everything sound like the opposite of liberty?

    Instead of getting mad at people who like freedom, why don’t people realize that freedom is a two way street?

    If you allow others to paint their house purple then you can, too.

    If you allow others to own a gun then you can, too.

    If you allow others to swear then you can, too.

    If you allow others to gamble then you can, too.

    Who wants to live in a prison?

    Think. Question everything.

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