Beto O’Rourke, the Texas Senate candidate running to unseat Republican Ted Cruz, has garnered plenty of media attention this election season with several polls putting him just a few points behind Cruz, and images of him skateboarding and doing other personable activities continue to surface every week.
Meanwhile, Neal Dikeman, a Libertarian candidate for Senate, is polling near 2 percent.
Dikeman and other representatives of the Texas Libertarian party organized a town hall at South Texas College Thursday. However, Dikeman was not able to make it to the event, so Anthony Cristo, a Libertarian from Seguin who is running against Congressman Vicente Gonzalez, lead the town hall.
Cristo spent most of his time educating a group of 50 STC students on the Libertarian platform, which many were unfamiliar with, given that Libertarians and other third-party candidates have never won state elections in Texas.
In some ways, the Libertarian platform bleeds into the values many Democrats hold. Cristo is pro-choice and doesn’t support the border wall. Like some Democrats, he and other Libertarians also support the legalization of Marijuana, among other drugs.
“Do you know what would happen if somebody overdoses on Marijuana?” Cristo asked the young crowd. “Maybe take a good nap, or kill a bag of Cheetos. That’s it.”
And like most Republicans, Libertarians like Cristo support lower taxes and right to bear arms, without government limitations.
After several questions about gun control, Cristo concluded that there is a blurred line between a country who controls a citizen’s right to arm themselves and the characteristics of an authoritarian government.
“Where is the line?” asked Sanjuanita Navarro, a veteran attendee from Mission. “Where does your right to bear arms infringe on my right to feel safe?”
Navarro, who is a teacher at Donna ISD and student at STC, said she often wonders what she’d do if she found herself in a hostile situation in the classroom. She wasn’t satisfied with Cristo’s response, where he said not even a history of mental health should infringe on someone’s right to carry, but she admits there is no easy answer.