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"I Can't Take the Loss of Liberty" or, How to Radicalize a Suburban Mom

Meet Gigi Bowman, Ron Paul-inspired candidate for New York state Senate.

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"I didn't want to run for office," says Gigi Bowman, "liberty candidate" for the New York state Senate. The Long Island native decided to run for office after Empire State pols passed sweeping new gun control legislation. What particularly irked her was the large number of Republicans who supported the law. "That was shocking," says Bowman. The vote underscored for her the idea that the two major parties don't really offer voters a clear set of choices.

Bowman, editor of How to Run for Office on a Liberty Platform and head of Liberty Candidates, encourages citizens who prize individual liberty to step up and run for a local office. What positions do "liberty candidates" take? "Sound money, free markets, individual liberty, constitutional government, and non-intervention in foreign policy," she says. "Basically the same as Campaign for Liberty," the group founded by her political inspiration, former Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas).

About 5 minutes.

Interview by Nick Gillespie. Camera by Joshua Swain and Amanda Winkler. Edited by Winkler.

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