Libertarian candidate campaigns for governor in Roanoke

Cliff Hyra says he wants to work his ideas into the conversation

By Tommy Lopez - Weekend Anchor / Reporter

ROANOKE, Va. - There’s a third candidate for governor in Virginia running against Ed Gillespie and Ralph Northam.

Libertarian candidate for governor Cliff Hyra was in Roanoke Friday talking about his campaign. He runs a law practice in the Richmond area and has lived in Virginia his whole life, though he's never run for political office before.

He says improving the economy is his main focus. The party collected more than 10,000 signatures so Hyra could be on the ballot.

“If I'm able to shift the debate, move policy in a better direction, force the other candidates to respond to my ideas and maybe move in my direction, that will be a success,” he said.

He says one of the main goals is for the party to hit the 10-percent mark in an election. That would help them achieve “major party” status in Virginia.

“Both the left and the right accuse me, and the party, of having swung the election toward the other person,” he said. “When you're getting it from both sides, that's a good indication that maybe you're really right in the center.

Libertarian candidate Robert Sarvis received six-and-a-half percent of the vote four years ago.

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