ATLANTA (AP) -- Libertarian candidates have qualified for the November ballot and are hoping their message of small government and fiscal restraint will resonate with Georgia voters.<br />
Amanda Swafford, a former Flowery Branch councilwoman, will compete against Democrat Michelle Nunn and either Republican Rep. Jack Kingston or former Dollar General CEO David Perdue for Georgia's open Senate seat. Kingston and Perdue meet in a runoff July 22.<br />
Andrew Hunt, a former CEO of an Atlanta nanotechnology firm, will challenge Republican Gov. Nathan Deal and Democrat Jason Carter. In the 2010 election, the Libertarian candidate for governor received 4 percent of the total vote and the Senate candidate had about 3 percent.<br />
Two other Libertarians also qualified, one each for insurance commissioner - Ted Metz - and a spot on the Public Service Commission, District 4, Aaron Gilmer, an auditor with ADP (Automatic Data Processing) <br />
Party chairman Doug Craig said Libertarians are proud to offer candidate as alternatives to the two-party system in Georgia. <br />
"In spite of restrictive ballot access laws the Libertarian Party continues to offer candidates who want limited government and maximum freedom. Our candidates represent more than a bumper sticker campaign. More and more voters identify themselves as 'independent'. It's a sign voters are losing interest in the two major parties. We want to offer up what we feel are candidates that represent personal freedom and fiscal responsibility."
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