Libertarian presidential candidate and former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson endorsed Barbara Howe for North Carolina governor.
“Barbara Howe has been a strong advocate for the message of liberty in her many years of involvement with the Libertarian Party,” Johnson said. “Her experience, commitment, and energy make her a great candidate for governor of North Carolina.”
Johnson praised Howe as a “fellow athlete” and said that goal of running five kilometer in each of the state’s 100 counties exemplifies her dedication to spreading the message of liberty.
“If the voters of North Carolina want a Governor who will protect their tax dollars and their personal liberty, then vote for Libertarian Barbara Howe,” he said.
Howe said that she was excited by the endorsement and the fact that Gov. Johnson has found a political home in the Libertarian Party.
“Governor Gary Johnson and Judge Jim Gray represent the best presidential ticket and I look forward to working with them to give voters a real alternative to the failed policies of the Democrats and Republicans.”
This is Howe’s third bid for governor. She’s also run for U.S. Senate and state house. In 2008, she managed Dr. Michael Munger’s gubernatorial campaign.
Howe has devoted much of her adult life to three important causes: home schooling, the La Leche League (defending the rights of breastfeeding mothers), and advancing liberty through the Libertarian Party of North Carolina. She joined the LP in 1976 and served four terms as the state chair.
A pioneer in home schooling in North Carolina since the 1980s, Howe is a co-founder of a popular home school support group in the Raleigh/Durham area.
She is a summa cum laude graduate of Pfeiffer College with a bachelor’s degree in English and psychology. She and Tom, her husband of 36 years, live in Granville County in a log home they designed and constructed themselves.
Gov. Johnson has also endorsed other North Carolina Libertarian candidates, Brian Irving for U.S. Congress District 2 and Jason Bateman for Mecklenberg County Commissioner.
View our list of the 2012 Libertarian candidates in North Carolina with links to their candidate websites:
2012 Libertarian Candidates in N.C.