Jon Elgas Challenges Status Quo in State Senate Race

Jon Elgas Challenges Status Quo in State Senate Race

Link to the August 2022 Michigan Libertarian

By Trevor Step

Jon Elgas

Jon Elgas

Jon Elgas is the 2022 Libertarian Party nominee for Michigan’s 22nd District State Senate seat. The newly approved district boundaries have been the subject of countless controversies. Furthermore the current candidates and their campaigns are sure to continue this trajectory. While polling and historical data give Michigan residents a good idea of what many election results will look like this fall, individual candidates have really set the tone. Candidates in the 22nd district for State Senate haven’t hesitated to tackle the controversial and sensitive topics, and Libertarian Jon Elgas is ready to join the conversation.

Jon Elgas Nominated Without Taxpayer Dollars

Unlike Democratic and Republican parties, the Libertarian Party of Michigan does not select candidates through a statewide primary election (The next one is August 2nd). Rather Libertarian Party of Michigan (LPM) candidates are chosen at the state convention, and on July 9th the Libertarian Party of Michigan delegates resoundingly supported Jon Elgas for the 22nd District State Senate seat.

Libertarian Party of Livingston County chair Joe Hartman had this to say about Jon’s candidacy,

Jon has an excellent platform focusing on revamping education by supporting policies to fund students instead of monopolistic government systems, abolish state income tax, institute constitutional carry, and end clock changing.

This isn’t Jon’s first experience running for office. In 2016, Elgas ran against Lana Theis for House of Representative in District 42, and he ran for the Wayne State University Board of Governors in 2018 and 2020.  Jon has shown that his bold messaging can turn out the vote. He received over 126,000 votes for his 2020 Wayne State University Board of Governors race. That’s impressive compared to the less than 77,000 votes that won Theis her the current seat on the State Senate.

Opposition

Incumbent Senator Lana Theis won her 2018 primary with nearly 75% of the vote, and with 56% in the general election. The 2022 election could be much closer. Jordan Genso has had the luxury of an unopposed Democratic primary. Theis is facing a strong challenge from Trump endorsed candidate Mike Detmer in the Republican primary.  There has been a lot of media coverage on this race as the candidates have frequently attacked each other’s political positions: They push one another farther and farther to the right. Elgas hopes what is considered a strongly red district may implode, leaving voters scrambling to find a candidate who matches their values.

The Libertarian party did not run a candidate for the senate seat in 2018, but the 2014 candidate Jeff Wood for District 22 (He received 3.1% of the votes) had this to say about the race, “Theis and Detmer have disgraced themselves, their party, and Livingston County with their childish antics. I’ve known Jon Elgas for many years, and I’m proud to endorse him in his efforts to return civility to our local political sphere.”

 

Libertarian Party of Livingston County

Follow Jon’s Campaign on his Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/Elgas4Liberty or

Contact him and his campaign team at elgasja@gmail.com

Link to the August 2022 Michigan Libertarian