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Archive for Sunday, October 23, 1994

LIBERTARIAN CANDIDATE SHOOTING FOR 1%

October 23, 1994

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Steven Rosile, a KU law student, favors legalizing drugs and eliminating farm subsidies as a Libertarian candidate for Kansas secretary of state.

Steven Rosile isn't asking for much.

Just 1 percent. That's all. One 100th of the ballots in next month's statewide election for secretary of state.

"If I'm elected, I'll represent the people who elected me," he said, "but I don't expect to be elected."

Instead, the 42-year-old Eudora resident merely wants to offer Kansans an alternative to voting Republican or Democrat on Nov. 8 -- a goal best achieved by running as a Libertarian.

Besides, he said, getting elected would cut into law school, after which he plans to enter private business.

"We need to get 1 percent of the vote to retain our ballot status," Rosile said, getting ready for class Friday morning at Kansas University's Green Hall. "I don't plan on going to work for the government. Libertarians believe in downsizing government severely, so I don't plan on serving in any government capacity -- unless I'm elected."

If elected -- and it'd be a first for Kansas politics -- the second-year law student plans to lobby the Legislature to push two-party politics from state and local elections.

Elections officials should represent everyone, he said, not only the Republicans and Democrats now appointed to such posts.

Forty percent of all Kansas voters either are independent or affiliated with minority parties, Rosile said. The secretary of state is the state's top elections official.

"I don't know why Democrats or Republicans should have the monopoly," he said. "I would like to interject a little more non-partisanship into elections."

So far removed from the political mainstream is Rosile that he's limited his campaign spending to less than $500. That's enough for 500 gray-and-white yard signs, but no stickers, buttons or campaign pamphlets.

A "background information" sheet run off a dot-matrix printer -- "Hobbies: Music, tennis, softball, scuba diving..." -- was all he could muster before his Friday class, Business Associations I.

But Rosile won't rule out someday carrying a more complete Libertarian agenda into the statehouse or Congress, even though he lost two years ago to Rep. Pat Roberts, R-Dodge City, in Kansas' "Big 1st" district.

Rosile toes the Libertarian line: remove controls on the press, eliminate regulations on sex among consenting adults and make drugs legal in all cases.

"I am a serious candidate and I expect to do well," he said, walking down the hall to class. "My goal is to get into double digits."

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