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BLOOMINGTON — The Liberatarian Party of Illinois chose Kash Jackson as its gubernatorial candidate during a state convention Saturday in Bloomington.

More than 120 party members met at the Parke Regency Hotel to name candidates for the state's top elected seats.

Jackson, of Antioch, was selected over Jon Stewart of Deerfield and Matthew Scaro of Chicago.

A retired Navy veteran and father of three, Jackson said he intends to “restore freedom to Illinois.”

“My goal is to hold those in power accountable. I want to unite that which has been divided. I want to stitch back together this state with that thread of liberty which our forefathers gave us. I’ll strive to show the country and the world that Illinois is not merely a failed state,” he said.

Sanj Mohip of Chicago was named lieutenant governor candidate. If elected, he said he would aim to push the governor’s agenda and “help make Illinois a freer state.”

“We need smaller, more efficient government and less regulation. I’d like to see non-violent drug offenders be pardoned for their crimes,” said Mohip.

He also plans to travel the state to share the beliefs of the Libertarian Party and “why we should have a third party choice.”

“Libertarianism is a philosophy. It’s about more personal and economic freedom paired with government’s role in protecting those freedoms,” said Mohip.

Event organizers said the convention, including fundraisers, panelist discussions and a banquet, drew the largest turnout in group history.

Attendees discussed the party’s growth and outreach in recent years, including a stronger social media presence and connections to state universities.

The party also selected candidates for secretary of state, attorney general, treasurer and comptroller 

The chosen candidates and more information on the party can be found at

Follow Julia Evelsizer on Twitter: @pg_evelsizer



Reporter for The Pantagraph.

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