Libertarian Party Chooses Candidates for 2009 Citywide Races

NEW YORK, NY (05/15/2009)(readMedia)-- Members of the Manhattan, Queens, and Brooklyn chapters of the Libertarian Party announced their candidates for November's citywide elections this week at a joint nominating convention in Manhattan.

Joseph Dobrian is the Libertarian nominee for Mayor. Dobrian, principal of Dobrian, Frances, Bowie, & Long consulting firm, was a Libertarian candidate for U.S. House of Representatives in 2002, Manhattan Borough President in 2005, and Presidential Elector in 2008.

"The people of New York City are fed up with the governmental finger constantly wagging in their collective face," said Dobrian. "The Libertarian Party stands for individual liberty and the de-regulation of private behavior, and that will resonate with a lot of voters."

John Clifton is the nominee for Comptroller, and James Lesczynski is the nominee for Public Advocate. This will be Lesczynski's second race for Public Advocate, a seat he campaigns to abolish. In 2005, he received 17,000 votes for the office, the most votes ever earned by a Libertarian candidate in New York City.

The individual chapters also announced candidates for Borough President and City Council races. The Manhattan Chapter nominated David B. Casavis for Manhattan Borough President, and Fima Shlimel for City Council District 7.

The Brooklyn Chapter nominated Michael Sanchez for Brooklyn Borough President, and the following candidates for City Council: Derek Sacerdote, District 46; George Harvey, District 36; and Roger Sarrabo, District 39.

The Queens Chapter nominated Dan Halloran for City Council in District 19.

Established in 1971, the Libertarian Party is America's third-largest political party.

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