Libertarian governor candidate is from Beloit

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BELOIT - There is a candidate for Wisconsin Governor who might be familiar to some Beloit residents.

Libertarian candidate Phil Anderson was born and raised in Beloit and is a 1982 graduate of Beloit Memorial High School. His mother, Betty Holloway, still lives in Beloit.

He stopped in Beloit Saturday to meet with local residents.

Anderson, who now lives in Fitchburg and is a Realtor, is touring the state, trying to let voters know there are options other than the traditional Democrat and Republican candidates for Governor.

In an interview with the Beloit Daily News, he said as governor he would eliminate the state income tax, eliminate mandatory minimum sentencing in criminal courts and legalize marijuana.

"I want to give people more local control. Anything the state does that can be moved down to the local level should be," he said. "Let communities make their own decisions."

He also is in favor of universal open enrollment for schools.

"I want to allow people to open enroll their children in any school they want," he said.

Regarding the Beloit casino and resort project proposed by the Ho Chunk nation, Anderson said as governor he would approve the project.

"I think the Ho Chunk has a right to do that, so as governor I would not stand in the way of that," Anderson said.

He added the project would create jobs, and since people will gamble whether there is a casino in Beloit or not, there really is no moral argument against it that makes sense.

Anderson currently serves as the chair of the Libertarian Party of Wisconsin, a post he was elected to in May of last year. He also serves on the National Committee for the Libertarian Party.

He ran for Ron Johnson's seat in the U.S. Senate as a libertarian in 2016 and he ran for the Wisconsin Assembly 47th District as an independent in 2014.

In the latest Marquette University political poll, Anderson is favored by 7 percent of those who took the poll. He said although it doesn't seem like much, it is a higher percentage than he received as a senate candidate and he believes it shows people are more open to candidates outside the traditional Republican/Democrat political structure. He noted there will be six candidates on the ballot in November running for Wisconsin governor.

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