Missouri is holding a special election to fill a vacant U.S. House seat in the 8th district on June 4th. On February 9th, the Libertarian Party held a nominating convention at a courthouse in Benton to choose its nominee. The LP unanimously chose Bill Slantz. On the same day, the Republican Party nominated Jason Smith while the Democrats have not yet picked a candidate. At this point it is not known if the Constitution Party of Missouri, a strong state affiliate, will nominate anyone for the seat.
Bill Slantz was unopposed because another candidate, Jason Williams, dropped out of the nomination contest two days prior to the meeting. Rick Vandevan, the Missouri LP 8th district committee chairman, a congressional candidate in the same district in 2012, said the following about Slantz’s nomination:
“The district’s huge, it covers 30 counties. So we have to find people willing to help us and help Bill [Slantz].”
Vandevan received 3.5% of the vote in 2012. However, he believes that Slantz is gaining momentum for his campaign, especially among young voters, and that he will achieve a better result than he did.
Slantz is an entrepreneur who runs a company that provides consulting services to radio and television broadcasters nationwide. He is considered a foremost export on music performance rights in the U.S. In 2012, he was the LP candidate in Missouri’s second congressional district, a four-way race in which he came in 3rd, receiving 2.3% of the vote. Slantz said that he incorporates “the best” of both the Democratic and Republican parties. He further elaborated on this key campaign tenet of his:
“It is our [the government's] responsibility to find a common ground. Think of it like a relationship with a friend; you don’t agree on everything, but you find ways to get along and work together.”
Bill Slantz’s campaign website is below: