APT endorsement announcements

The Association of Porstmouth Taxpayers has announced its 2009 endorsements.

To be clear, APT is not a libertarian group. They—I suppose I should say, we—are focused exclusively on fiscal responsibility. That doesn’t even necessarily mean smaller government; it means that the taxes collected should be used effectively and efficiently. However, they were the closest thing to an existing liberty-leaning group I could find in Portsmouth, and I hope to be an advocate for more non-governmental options there. (For example, I think that a lot of arts and sports programs currently run by the city could be done better by non-profit organizations. The programs could continue, and even improve, but be funded by donations instead of taxes.)

It is a little odd to note that, of the eight candidates running for re-election to City Council, APT has endorsed six. This is really a recognition of the zero budget increase that came through this year, whereas a more strongly libertarian organization would only have endorsed candidates supportive of actual budget cuts.

I will also personally endorse Jack Thorsen; I think he is as good or better than any of the candidates endorsed here.

The process was certainly interesting, and is a good reason for libertarians to get involved with established single-issue groups. Nearly all of the candidates appeared in person for interviews, and it was a good chance to meet and talk with most of the current members of City Council and School Board.

Autumn is here

And with it, the silly season is upon us. Local elections in Portsmouth are gearing up. No idea yet whether any of the candidates are any good.

The good news is that the Association of Portsmouth Taxpayers is interviewing all of the candidates, possibly at an open forum, depending on how many volunteers step up. Either way, I have volunteered to be part of that, so I should get a better sense of the candidates.

The other piece of news is that the APT needs members, both to boost its clout, and to fund its advertising of the results of the interviews. If you are a Portsmouth Taxpayer, consider joining; it’s only $10. See their contact info, or drop me a line.

Also, now that summer seems over, I am hoping to get back to posting. Ironic that as soon as people commented saying they actually read my posts, I fled in terror… The reality is that I am starting to have a life here in Portsmouth, and a job that makes me keep regular hours.