A second Libertarian candidate entered this year’s General Election fold, bringing a third candidate to the ballot in the race for the District 4 seat on the Kokomo Common Council.
Daniel Purvis III recently entered this year’s political fray, registering as a Libertarian candidate to run against fellow District 4 candidates Greg Jones (R) and incumbent Donnie Haworth (D). The 21-year-old cited a desire to give voters another option on the ballot as one of his primary reasons for running.
“I think this year, more than anything, is a good year for third-party candidates,” said Purvis. “A lot of the time, if you look at the history of elections, it’s usually been Democrats and Republicans. I think Independents, and Libertarians especially, have a big chance of winning some of the elections, or at least contending for them, which is part of why I want to run, for the people. I want them to have another choice. I don’t want to name names here, but if you look at some of the other candidates that are running for the election I’m running for, I want to be a second or third choice.”
The 21-year-old also enters this year’s election as the youngest candidate on the ballot. As such, he also said he wanted to be able to appeal to younger voters.
“I feel like we need a lot of younger faces,” said Purvis. “You look around, and you have a lot of people that have been here for a while. And I think it would be nice to get some fresh ideas, and I think I bring some of those.”
A native of Kokomo, Purvis is a 2016 graduate of Kokomo High School. He is presently unemployed due to “medical conditions” and said he collects disability. But, the Libertarian said that could be viewed as a positive, allowing him to work more on “government issues” if elected.
Along with his claim about wanting to provide voters with another option on the ballot, Purvis raised other issues he said are central to his election bid and align with his political party.
While he said he understands both sides of the debate surrounding the city’s adoption of the comprehensive smoking ban, he said he would like to revisit the issue.
“I don’t believe that should be the government’s call,” Purvis. “I think if you didn’t like me smoking in front of you, I think you should come to me and say, ‘I don’t think you should be smoking in front of me.’ … Rescind smoking ban: I can agree with both sides. I see both of their points. I think it would be nice to work towards rescinding it or at least entertaining it as a common council.”
Purvis also called for an increase in office numbers, to 100 or 120. While acknowledging city council’s role isn’t central to such decisions aside from funding, he said he’d like to see the numbers increased to bolster community policing.
Within the realm of economic development, Purvis said he feared revisions to local infrastructure have harmed local businesses by making it harder for smaller operations to deal with supplies.
“I think smaller businesses, in general, are more affected by this,” said Purvis. “Bigger businesses have different ways of bringing in goods and things. I think the smaller mom-and-pop shops would have a little more of an issue getting goods to their businesses.”
Purvis is the second Libertarian to enter this year’s election. Libertarian Mayoral candidate Michael Virgin was the first.