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Va. Libertarian candidate Robert Sarvis would legalize marijuana, cut taxes

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ARLINGTON, Va. -

The two most recent polls of voters in Virginia show a tight race between the two major party candidates. A left-leaning organization called Public Policy Polling shows Democratic candidate Terry McAuliffe ahead by four points. But a Roanoke College poll shows Republican Ken Cuccinelli ahead by six points. Then, there's Robert Sarvis.

Sarvis is the Libertarian candidate in the race who has done the difficult: gathered enough signatures throughout the state to make it on the ballot.

"Virginia voters are hungry for something different," Sarvis told us in an interview. "They're tired of the Republican and Democratic parties -- and these candidates in particular. And they're looking for something else."

Sarvis holds many of the Libertarian Party's views about smaller government. He says he will work to overturn the Virginia Constitution's ban on gay marriage. And he would legalize the sale of marijuana.

"I think these [marijuana] laws ... are very expensive to enforce," explained Sarvis. "They do a lot of damage to families and communities. They lead to high incarceration rates and unemployment rates when people can't get jobs."

Virginia's current governor, Bob McDonnell, managed to talk both Democrats and Republicans in the legislature into supporting a transportation package which includes somewhat higher taxes; that will bring money to Northern Virginia for more transit and road projects. Libertarian Sarvis opposes the transportation package.

He also wants to end the car tax, lower the income tax, and have the state spend less in general. Sarvis also believes the legislature has gone too far in regulating clinics at which abortions are performed.

This libertarian also has a radical plan for education in Virginia; Sarvis calls it "universal school choice," which would give money to families for educational spending on public, private, or religious schools. Sarvis believes his plan would "[create] more competition; it puts parents in charge of the money being spent on their children, and it's going to produce better outcomes."

Saturday night's debate between the two major party candidates at the Virginia Bar Association in Richmond does not include Libertarian Robert Sarvis. He is hoping to be included in future debates.


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