Porter Wins Libertarian Secretary of State Nomination
For Immediate Release
Monday, March 24, 2014
Johnston, Iowa-Jake Porter won the Libertarian Party of Iowa nomination for Secretary of State at the state party convention on Saturday.
Porter, 26, was the 2010 Libertarian nominee for Secretary of State. In 2010, Porter received 33,854 votes in the general election, covering the margin of Republican Matt Schultz’s victory over Democrat Michael Mauro.
Porter earned his Bachelors Degree in Business Administration from AIB College of Business in Des Moines and is currently pursuing his MBA from Bellevue University. After graduating from AIB, Porter moved to Nebraska where he worked as a retail store manager. Today, Porter lives in Council Bluffs and handles customer care issues for Yahoo. In addition to his private sector work, Porter has managed and advised several political campaigns and served a term on the Libertarian National Committee. Porter believes his hard work and experience make him a perfect fit for the job.
“The Secretary of State primarily deals with business and elections which are two areas I know first-hand. Additionally, my management experience allows me to effectively and efficiently manage the Secretary of State’s office.”
At the convention, Porter made it clear that he felt the Republican Party was committing election fraud by trying to keep Libertarian candidates off the ballot and warned against allowing partisan politics into the Secretary of State’s office. “If you want the Republicans to oversee our elections, vote Republican. If you want the Democrats to oversee our elections, vote Democrat but if you want fair elections, you have only one choice and that is to vote for me” said Porter.
In addition to keeping the office independent and transparent, Porter wants to use his background in technology to make starting a business in Iowa easier with online forms and allow online voter registration. He has also pledged to cut his salary in half if elected. His highest priority is maintaining safe and secure elections without disenfranchising the voters of Iowa. The Porter campaign has produced TV and radio ads and was successful in working with the state of Iowa to fix an error that prevented Iowa voters from being able to register as a Libertarian while renewing their drivers license.
Porter will face Democrat Brad Anderson and Republican Paul Pate in the general election.
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