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ELECTION PLEASES LIBERTARIANS

November 11, 1994

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Despite losing, two area Libertarian candidates say they're happy with the election outcome.

They may have lost Tuesday's election. But two area Libertarians say they accomplished their goal -- increasing their party's visibility.

"We wanted to increase awareness of the Libertarian Party and make sure that people are aware there is a third party, and I think we accomplished that," said Steve Rosile, Eudora, the party's candidate for secretary of state.

Republican Ron Thornburgh was the winner in that race, with 422,400 votes. Democrat Fran Lee came in second with 334,201 votes.

Rosile, a Kansas University law student, received 34,005 votes, or about 4.5 percent of the total.

"I think it would have been a larger percentage if I had campaigned more," Rosile said.

He said he needed to get at least 1 percent of the vote for the party to continue to qualify to put candidates on the ballot.

Rosile said what's next for him is finishing law school -- and preparing for 1996.

"I'll remain an activist in the Libertarian Party. It's possible I might run for U.S. Senate in 1996," he said.

He predicted the party will field 40 to 50 candidates in 1996, most of them seeking seats in the Kansas Legislature and on county commissions.

Another Libertarian candidate, Ena Wheeler, also was pleased about the showing she made Tuesday in the race for an eastern Lawrence legislative seat.

Democrat Troy Findley won the race to represent the 46th District in the Kansas house, with 3,065 votes or 49.2 percent. Republican Eric Schmidt finished second with 2,547 votes or 40.8 percent.

And Wheeler, a 21-year-old KU graduate student, picked up 609 votes, or 10.8 percent.

"I thought that the average Libertarian could pull that number of votes but I thought my age counted against me," she said. "I'm pleasantly surprised to find that a lot of people are willing to try something new."

Wheeler said she plans to run again, "but not until I have the time and the resources to win."

"I didn't spend any money at all on this election, and I think I got more votes per dollar than anybody else," she said. "It shows that you don't have to spend an enormous amount of money to get support."

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