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How do I talk up Sarvis in these last days of the race?

Well, I am a blogger and lawyer but I’d get a few palm cards or door hangers and find people in your sphere of influence and simply discuss the candidate.

What if Sarvis can’t win?  I’d say, Sarvis can win – he is on the ballot but it may not be likely he will win.  But if Sarvis gets 10%, the Libertarian Party will have ballot access for the next three or four years (and maybe eight!) and this will open up the political system.  That is a victory for the people.  And as the Times-Dispatch said several weeks ago, a sizable vote for a third party will send a message that the major parties ought to have better candidates.

Also a vote for principle is more satisfying than a vote for the lesser of two evils.  Feel good about your vote.

Don’t forget to consider other things that might attract voters.  I spoke with an African-American person several days ago and he said Is this Sarvis’ family?  Yes, that is Dr. Sarvis the pediatrician from Mississippi.  (I would not draw attention to his multi-racial family unless you are asked.  But make sure your African-American friends see his family picture.)

Sarvis is smart – he has a degree from BOTH Harvard and Cambridge (UK)!  He clerked for a federal judge and helped start a law journal.

He will be an independent voice – seeking the best ideas of both parties!

Did you write a letter to the editor?  I got mine published (Thank the Lord Jesus!) today in the Mechanicsville Local!  Here it is!

Writer: vote for Libertarian Sarvis

I write to encourage my fellow voters to cast their vote for governor this year for the Libertarian, Robert Sarvis.

I am voting for Sarvis because he is willing to express his views even if you do not agree.

Sarvis also is running a positive, upright campaign. Liberty is his moral compass; he wants to get rid of ridiculous regulations and taxes.

Virginia will be “open for business” with a Sarvis administration.

Sarvis has degrees from Harvard and Cambridge (the one in England!) and co-founded a law journal to have a place for scholarly articles on free markets and liberty in law.

Maybe Sarvis will not win but he has some impressive poll numbers for a vastly underfunded campaign and can win if he can get his message out.

Jesse Ventura had a underfunded campaign in 1998 in Minnesota but he did win after all!

Besides, a vote for principle is one you will be proud of years later. Don’t waste your vote on the lesser of two evils! Send the political system a message. Vote Sarvis instead.

Yes, I disagree with Sarvis, most notably on gay marriage. But we have to choose one of three and the best choice is an independent voice: Libertarian Robert C. Sarvis.

Elwood E. “Sandy” Sanders Jr.


Walk your neighborhood for Sarvis this weekend.  Put your Sarvis sign out for the parents of the trick-or-treaters tomorrow night.  Have a few palm cards in case people engage you!  Say:  I’m not part of the problem but part of the solution – I’m voting for Sarvis.

I am finding that people are listening to me when I talk up Sarvis.  I think there could be a hidden vote out there – maybe 2-3% more percent that predicted.  Three polls out today have the Libertarian at 8, 9 and TWELVE percent.  Every vote counts!

What about gay marriage?  People in my church are against it.  I would say this:  The courts will force us to take gay marriage so do not vote against Sarvis because of that.  But Sarvis is for abortion!  He does believe that abortion should be legal and opposes the new regulations on clinics.  But abortion is not usually a critical issue in Virginia.  Emphasize the independent voice that will listen to the people.

Let’s not let happen what recently happened in Germany a few weeks ago:  The Alternative for Germany got just three tenths of a percent less than what they needed to get seats in the German Parliament.  Just a few more votes might have done it.  Go get ’em for Sarvis!

What about Ron Paul?  Suggest that Ron Paul is trying to work within the system and that means supporting Republican candidates.  We need a more open political system in VA when 44 seats in the House of Delegates are unopposed.  That means Sarvis this time.  Take the high road – never criticize the other hopefuls but can say if asked you do not support the others for ethical reasons if that is your reason.

Work the polls if you can!  Keep talking up Sarvis!

About Elwood Sanders

Elwood "Sandy" Sanders is a Hanover attorney who is an Appellate Procedure Consultant for Lantagne Legal Printing and has written ten scholarly legal articles. Sandy was also Virginia's first Appellate Defender and also helped bring curling in VA! (None of these titles imply any endorsement of Sanders’ views)

5 Responses to “WHAT TO SAY about ROBERT SARVIS – a few THOUGHTS!”

  1. Mike Wilburt says:

    Maybe in 2017.
    But in this election, Robert Sarvis is not ready for prime time.

    Sarvis may not be ready, but his supporters are ready to usher in a McAuliffe governorship just to make a point.
    What’s the point to making a single digit ballot impact?

    He could stand on his supposed fiscal conservative principles and tell his supporters that THIS YEAR, we will stand with Cuccinelli because he will bring us closer to what we need than McAuliffe.
    But in 2017 watch out! We will be ready for the challenge.

    Yeah, he could say that. But remember, in the meantime, there’s a point to make, and a McAuliffe victory to celebrate.

    As my grandfather would say, “This just don’t make sense”.

    • Sandy Sanders

      The in 2017 people will say the same thing. Vote for McEvil or his heir versus the other McEvil. Don’t do it! In 44 House districts (including my own) there is no choice. My last ballot in Hanover in 2011 looked like the Politburo ballot! Only one race was contested – Henry District Supervisor. It doesn’t matter if I would have voted for all the unopposed candidates! Open up the political system – let’s see Sarvis get 10 percent!

      National Review has really lost its touch since WFB died.

      Thanks for coming by Mike Wilburt!


  2. Gene Lefty says:

    Can you tell us a little about Mr. Sarvis’s faith? Thanks


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Tom White Says:

Nothing is more conservative than a republican wanting to get their majority back. And nothing is more liberal than a republican WITH a majority.

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