On Wednesday July 17th, the Libertarian Party of Allegheny County voted unanimously to endorse Lisa Middleman for District Attorney. The Party had previously reviewed and considered fielding several other Libertarian candidates before instead deciding to support Middleman’s candidacy.
The Party’s Executive Board came to the decision after reviewing Ms. Middleman’s positions on issues like the death penalty, sex work, the War on Drugs, ICE raids, and reform of the criminal justice system.
Ms. Middleman’s positions on the issues reflect strong core Libertarian beliefs on prioritizing the liberties of individuals and the protection of constitutional rights. Her agenda as District Attorney would resist the unnecessary prosecution of victimless crimes and restrain an out-of-control budget which has too often prioritized punishment over rehabilitation.
Over 5,000 voters in Allegheny County are registered to vote as Libertarians, by far the greatest total of any county in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The support of this large contingent voters will prove vital to Ms. Middleman’s campaign in what is sure to be a tight election.
As Ms. Middleman has pointed out, our justice system too often disparately harms those of different races, genders, sexual orientations, and classes. We as Libertarians abhor the unfair and unequal treatment of Americans in our justice system and look forward to the implementation of Ms. Middleman’s policies as a major step in the direction of fixing that problem.
Furthermore, the Libertarian Party of Allegheny County looks forward to the unique ability which Ms. Middleman has as an Independent candidate to battle the flawed two-party system. For too long, residents of Allegheny County have felt that they can choose from only two options, and in elections like these, there is too often only one option. In spite of onerous ballot access requirements, Ms. Middleman will undoubtedly strike fear into the hearts and minds of party insiders who have taken voters for granted.
The Libertarian Party of Allegheny County looks forward to the next four months of Ms. Middleman’s campaign. The Party’s members have already begun circulating petitions to get Ms. Middleman on the ballot, and will further assist as the election nears closer.