First Libertarian Primary Candidate Makes History In Special Election

Libertarian Party of Michigan
PRESS RELEASE: FOR IMMEDIATE ISSUE, April 25th, 2017

Detroit MI – Libertarians are having their first primary in Michigan history. The filing deadline for the special election of Michigan’s 1st State House District was at 4:00 PM on Tuesday, and noted Libertarian activist Gregory Creswell will be running unopposed.

He will be the first candidate of any third party to appear in a primary election since 1998, and will be the first third party candidate to ever appear in a special election primary… at least since the current election law was enacted in 1954. “We were unable to determine if any Michigan third party candidates were balloted in publically run special election primaries (as opposed to private caucuses) before that date, so this may very well be the first such primary ever.” Said Libertarian Party of Michigan (LPM) political director Scotty Boman. *

Libertarians achieved primary ballot status because of Libertarian Presidential candidate Gary Johnson’s Michigan vote count in 2016. The special election was called because Democratic 1st District Representative Brian Banks resigned his seat after admitting to providing false information in the course of applying for a loan. That primary will be held on August 8th, 2017 to coincide with the City of Detroit’s non-partisan municipal primary. Creswell filed for the Special Primary on March 30th but more Libertarian candidates could have filed any time up through April 25th.

Creswell is probably best known for being instrumental in the success of the Michigan Civil Rights initiative (MCRI). As the volunteer organizer, starting in 2004, he ensured that the measure got on the ballot in 2006. He made frequent appearances on talk radio, as well as being interviewed on television and in print about the initiative.

In 2006 Creswell placed third, as the only candidate for Governor to support MCRI, while also being the only African American in that race. In spite of opposition from the mainstream political establishment, the measure was overwhelmingly supported by the electorate.

Libertarian Party of Michigan Chairman was noticeably excited about Creswell’s entry into the primary, “The Libertarian Party is proud to have such a principled candidate as Greg Creswell for this special election. Voters in Detroit deserve a viable alternative to one-party representation. The historic nature of any non-Republican / non-Democrat engaging in the primary is a wonderful opportunity to be heard. Greg’s effort is a bell-weather of our commitment to the cities of the 1st District and their citizens, who are starved for freedom from political machines and being taken for granted”

Since he is the only Libertarian in a partisan election this year, he is anticipating unprecedented support from Libertarians throughout the state. “I will campaign in defense of individual rights and the free market. Which means, if I am elected, I will seek to completely repeal the No-Fault law, deny politicians access to our income and support Constitutional carry gun rights.” Said Creswell. His goal is to be the first Libertarian to serve in Michigan’s House of Representatives.

* Research by Greg Stempfle: https://gregstempfle.com/2017/04/04/greg-creswell-and-the-adventures-of-third-party-primaries/

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Contacts:
Gregory Creswell, Candidate
Gregcreswell.com
313.527.9099
i.am4_gcreswell@yahoo.com

Bill Gelineau, Chair
Libertarian Party of Michigan
616-723-2776
Chair@MichiganLP.org

Scotty Boman, Political Director
Libertarian Party of Michigan
313.247.2052
PoliticalDirector@MichiganLP.org

State Representative District 1

Michigan’s First State Representative District has been left without representation. As a resident of this district, I have long thought we could use better representation, and I am now stepping forward to humbly request the opportunity to be your voice in the Michigan House of Representatives.

This year voters will have a special opportunity.  The primary election will have 3 parities in it.  Voters will still have the option of voting in the Republican or Democratic primaries, but they can also chose to vote in the Libertarian primary.  That is the one I’m running in.  I have been a Libertarian since the 1980’s and the Libertarian Party remains my political home.

I look forward to speaking with you in the days ahead on how we can rise above recent setbacks and work together for a more prosperous and liberated future. For now I have included a little information about our district.

The district boundaries:

  • Part of Detroit (Boundary details are listed here)
    • The portion of the city beginning at Gratiot and E. 8 Mile Road, east on 8 Mile to Kelly, southwest on Kelly to Kingsville, east on Kingsville to Mack, south and west on Mack to Opal, west on Opal to E. Warren, west on E. Warren to Marseilles, north on Marseilles to Frankfort, west on Frankfort to University Pl., south on University Pl. to Warren, west on E. Warren to Guilford, south on Guilford to Munich, west on Munich to Cadieux, north on Cadieux to E. Warren, west on E. Warren to Yorkshire, south on Yorkshire to Cornwall, west on Cornwall to Bedford, north on Bedford to E. Outer Drive, west on E. Outer Drive to Nottingham, south on Nottingham to E. Warren, west on E. Warren to Phillip, north on Phillip to E. Edsel Ford Freeway, west on E. Edsel Ford Freeway to Chalmers, north on Chalmers to Kilbourne, west on Kilbourne to Dickerson, north on Dickerson to Flanders, west on Flanders to Annsbury, south on Annsbury to Wilfred, west on Wilfred to Gratiot, northeast on Gratiot to East 8 Mile Rd., the point of beginning.
  • All of Grosse Pointe Woods
  • All of Harper Woods city
  • The Wayne County portion of the Village of Grosse Pointe Shores.district-001

Michigan’s 14th Congressional District

Gregory Creswell is looking forward to serving his fellow residents of the Fourteenth District as their representative in Congress.  He humbly asks for their vote in November.  As their Libertarian representative, Gregory Creswell will never forget that the government belongs to individuals, and not the other way around.

Michigan’s 14th congressional district is a congressional district that stretches from eastern Detroit westward to Farmington Hills, then north to the suburbs of Auburn Hills. From 2003 to 2013 was centered in Wayne County, Michigan and Oakland County, Michigan.

Prior to the 2012 election, the district boundaries have been redrawn, including very little of the old district, but covering a good portion of Detroit, Grosse Pointe, Southfield, Farmington Hills, Pontiac and a few other places in Oakland County, Michigan.

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Positions on Some Issues

Racial preferences

ImageCreswell’s position statements focused on what he called, “racial preferences.” He was the only gubernatorial candidate supporting the Michigan Civil Rights Initiative, and he defended the validity of the associated petition effort. His position statements referred to Affirmative Action as “state-sponsored discrimination,” when it set different standards based on a person’s race or gender.He claimed this was the position of the Libertarian Party of Michigan which addresses this topic in its platform.

Civil liberties

In his position statements, Creswell said his approach to civil liberties was based on the belief that people should be free to engage in any “peaceful and honest” activity. He claimed he would protect civil liberties by supporting equal rights for gay couples, medical marijuana, and “the right to keep and bear arms.” He also claimed there was a link between civil liberties and fiscal responsibility.  He also opposed restrictions and taxes on internet transactions.

 

Economy

Creswell rejected “government planning,” and expressed the belief that what he called a “free-market economy” would create jobs, lower costs, and improve the standard of living. He supported changing government policies by letting the single business tax expire (without replacing it), cutting the budget, ending what he called “corporate welfare” and lifting regulations which he claimed were “burdensome,” on small businesses.He also opposed restrictions and taxes on internet transactions.

He claimed that politicians didn’t created jobs but, “…only shifted jobs from the private sector to government employment.” He accuse them of rewarding “mismanagement and irresponsibility” with “taxpayer funded bailouts.”

While opposing mandatory taxes, Creswell supported what he called a “Tax me more fund,” so those who supported higher taxes could pay them.

In his position statements, he advocated the removal of taxes on private property, fuel and the internet. He also supported the privatizing licensing. He claimed that many licensing laws were “designed to entrap people.” He argued that people should not have to “…spend more on permits than materials to improve their homes.” He called for an end to what he called the “abuse of fines and forfeitures.”

 

Law enforcement

Creswell said politicians should stop “wasting money” on what he called “non-violent crime.” In his published statements, he accused politicians of keeping people in prison who were no threat to the public. He argued that it was too expensive to use prisons in this manner when people had what he called “real expenses.” He articulated the belief that prisons existed to protect citizens from what he called, “brutal criminals who would not hesitate to prey on others,” and said it was a “waste” of money and “immoral” to imprison people for what he termed, “unhealthy alternative lifestyles, seeking non-traditional medicine for terminal illness, or trying to relieve the suffering of others.

If elected, he vowed to pardon “people imprisoned for medical marijuana, physician assisted suicide, non-payment of taxes, and substance related charges.” He supported what he called, “penalties that result in restitution to the victims and the taxpayers” for what he referred to as “non-violent property offenses.” He also spoke in favor of diverting more money to arresting those he called “violent offenders,” and “enforcing laws against theft and fraud.”

Gregory Creswell for Congress (District 14)

I am running to win. And if I win, I will be defending, from within, individual

Gregory Creswell 2006 Defender of Liberty Award winner.

Gregory Creswell 2006 Defender of Liberty Award winner.

rights, the free market and fighting to return the federal government to its limited functions under the constitution. I also would be working to put this country back on the gold standard and repealing the 16TH Amendment.

1) Defend individual rights and the free market.

2) Repeal the 16TH Amendment.

3) Return this country to the gold standard.

4) Repeal all federal fees, licenses and permits.

5) Repeal all federal regulations.

6) Return the federal government to its limited functions under the U S Constitution.

I would like to see: An end to taxes and fees, which serve only to empower politicians who get perks at the expense of working people. The curtailing of government spending, and an interpretation of the U S Constitution that recognizes the rights of individuals and families to control their own property. A good economy which is only possible when the rights upon which capitalism is based on are respected. Free market reforms such as eliminating taxes and burdensome regulations. A country where people are free to engage in any peaceful and honest activity. Equal rights for mothers and fathers in custody matters. Term limits for all members of Congress; 3/terms for Representatives and 2/terms for Senators. Access to medical marijuana for sick people. A country that respects the right to keep and bear arms. A fiscally Responsible federal Government. A free-market economy, not government planning. Making necessary budget cuts. An end to corporate welfare and burdensome regulations that keep small businesses from being competitive. A free internet. Reducing the pay, perks, staff size, benefits etc of all members of Congress.

This is one of many but the national debt (above $16 trillion) is one of the biggest.