A Different Kind of Jo: The Third Party Nominee


Libertarian nominee Jo Jorgensen addressing her supporters.

Jordan Callison, Reporter

In less than twenty days, American voters will decide who will rebuild our country following the COVID pandemic.

Many believe the choices are between Sleepy Joe (Joe Biden) and the Orange Man (President Donald Trump), but there is another candidate that will be on the ballot in November: Dr. Jo Jorgenson. 

Jorgensen, a Doctor of Psychology, is the Libertarian Party’s candidate running for President. She was also the party’s nominee for Vice President back in 1996 alongside writer Harry Browne. 

Jorgensen believes in small government, legalizing marijuana, and a decrease in government spending. Jorgensen supports the right to own a gun and same-sex marriage, she also supports the Black Lives Matter movement and opposes mask mandates.

She has encouraged those in California and New York not to vote for Joe Biden as both states have primarily been blue and voting for her would not change the electoral outcome in those states. 

According to a poll conducted by National Public Radio, Jorgensen is polling at five percent across the country. 

What has given Jorgensen support is people’s desire for a candidate that isn’t Trump or Biden. Still an unfamiliar voice to most of the United States, her platform has been receiving attention in these months leading up to the election. During the first presidential debate, frustrated viewers with a desire for an alternative candidate gave her campaign site high volumes of traffic; causing the website to crash. 

The Libertarian Party made history when Tonie Nathan became the first woman to receive an electoral vote for Vice President back in 1972. 

Other third party candidates that have gained national attention in the past include Green Party nominee Jill Stein and Libertarian nominee Gary Johnson, both of whom received 1-3% of the national vote in the 2016 election. Comedian Roseanne Barr ran for President in 2012 under the Peace and Freedom Party and only gained a miniscule percentage of votes. 

For anyone that has a desire to vote but wants a choice other than Biden or Trump, Jorgensen remains an option on Election day. 

There is still time to vote. Mail in your ballot or show up at your nearest polling place on November 3rd.