By Rick Vandeven
NOTE: This is the second in a series of short articles that will introduce the voters to some of the Libertarian Party candidates for public office throughout the state before the General Election in November.
Please introduce yourself.
I am Cecil Ince, Libertarian candidate for Greene County Commissioner District 2. I am 40 years old, and was born in Fort Worth, Texas. I have lived in Springfield Missouri most of my life. I have never been married, and am the father of a 15 year old son who has autism.
My website is http://www.restore-liberty.com/
How long have you been involved in the Libertarian Party?
I have been an active member of the Libertarian Party since 1996. I have served in the Greene County LP and the Missouri LP for several years since.
You ran for President of the United States on the LP ticket this year. Can you tell us a little about that experience?
My experience running for the LP nomination for President of the United States was an education, as well as an opportunity to meet other members of the Party. It was an honor to meet Governor Johnson and John McAfee. I was able to participate in debates in Mississippi, Alabama, Illinois, and Colorado. I was able to reach out to many new members of the Libertarian Party.
You are currently running for Greene County Commissioner District 2. What are the most important issues in your race?
The most important issue is implementing Libertarian legislation and values into the county. This means to loosen the county bureaucracy that is currently infringing upon the free market. Specifically I want to address property and real estate taxes, as well as the current county jail situation in which the county should honor its contracts, but should not be responsible to house municipal offenders.
You are a Libertarian Party Election Judge in Greene County, possibly the first in Missouri history. How did you pull this off? NOTE: the Missouri Constitution specifically stipulates that there must be Republican and Democrat Election Judges at polling places without giving the same opportunity to Libertarians even though the Party has maintained ballot access in Missouri for over 25 years.
In Greene County, the County Clerk recognizes "other" on the application to become an Election Judge. I talked with the Greene County Clerk regarding this matter, and I am being allowed to represent the Libertarian Party as an Election Judge.
Is there anything else that you would like to add?
I would like to reach out to all Libertarians and ask them to please go to your County Clerk or local Election Authority, and request to be an Election Judge for the upcoming General Election in November.
Also, I would like for it to be known now that I am in a winnable race. In November I will only be facing a Republican challenger. While the Republican candidate does face an opponent in the Primary Election, he is a current elected State Representative, and many conservatives are unhappy with him. I believe that I can attract both Republican and Democratic voters this November. I will need the financial support of every Libertarian to make it possible.