Amanda Swafford Becomes an Independent

Amanda Swafford, who ran on the Libertarian Party ticket for the Senate seat now occupied by David Perdue has decided to become an independent. In a Facebook post this morning, Swafford says,

As a member of the Libertarian Party working to reform Georgia’s ballot access laws, I have enjoyed a degree of privilege and access to our ballot that others have not. Independents and other third parties do not have the same access to our statewide or Presidential ballot in Georgia. As I take a step back from the Libertarian Party and become unaffiliated with any party, I will be able to work in concert with those individuals that must face tremendous obstacles in accessing our statewide and presidential ballot here in Georgia.

Swafford served as a city councilwoman in Flowery Branch prior to her run for Senate, where she received 49,067 or 1.91% of the 2,566,518 votes cast.


  1. David C says:

    I’m surprised some of our commenters don’t jump for the Libertarian line, if only for the opportunity to show up at 3 or 4 debates and mix it up with the professionals…

  2. Charlie says:

    I like Amanda. She seems to have both intellect and actual principles (not just the crutch most Libertarians I know use to excuse themselves of any responsibility from governing/making an actual decision in favor of remaining in every argument while arguing for an impossible position).

    It’s evidenced by this. Libertarians are famous for saying “If the market wanted it, the market would provide it…”

    3% +/- in almost every 3 candidate contested statewide election year after year. The market has spoken.

    There may be a market for independent candidates. They’ll actually be successful if they can represent actual, implementable solutions that the two main parties ignore. That’s a lot harder than the same tired, intellectually bankrupt approach of “the other two parties or the same/horrible, so you must by default support our candidate.” Who often has zero qualifications, solutions, or anything else that may actually appeal to an undecided or frustrated voter.

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