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Libertarian running for Parkersburg City Council

PARKERSBURG – A Libertarian candidate has been appointed to run for Parkersburg City Council.

Appointed by the party earlier this summer, Brett Sullins will appear on the ballot with incumbent District 5 Councilman J.R. Carpenter, a Democrat who owns the Crystal Cafe in downtown Parkersburg, and Republican Dell O. Pomeroy, a lineman for an electric utility.

Sullins, 29, works for the campaign of Libertarian gubernatorial candidate Erica Kolenich. He said he decided to run for local office to “provide opposition” to things he disagrees with, such as a recent vote to ban gasoline-powered motorized bicycles in the city.

“I was not a fan of that at all,” Sullins said. “It does not help the safety of the people.”

There are parks within the city that aren’t being properly cared for, Sullins said. He suggested contracting out the maintenance or privatizing it as a way to create jobs. More needs to be done to address the drug problem, he said.

As a council member, Sullins said he could advocate for a variety of issues.

“I think vehicle inspection stickers are nothing but a racket,” he said. “We need to get medicinal (cannabis) to the people who need it right now.”

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