New York Town Councilor Switches to LP

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Michael Becallo, Cicero, NY Town Councilor announced yesterday on social media that he would be switching from the Republican Party to the Libertarian Party making him New York’s first elected Libertarian in the state.

Becallo, also known as the Taxpayer’s Watchdog, was elected to his position in 2014 and has been a “strong advocate for taxpayers and small businesses.” The Councilor ran for New York State Assembly in 2016 on a platform of lowering taxes, decreasing government spending, creating jobs, imposing ethics reforms and stopping common core.

One Cicero resident stated in a letter to the editor of the Eagle Star Review, “Mike has fought hard to try to cut costs, reduce spending and reduce taxes for the residence of Cicero. He has faced incredible opposition from the rest of the town board in his efforts, but one simple look back to meeting minutes throughout the last two years and this is no farce, as he is actually fighting for these items.”

We welcome Michael Becallo to the Libertarian Party. His switching makes him the seventh elected official in the United States to switch to the Libertarian Party, and the second to do so yesterday, from one of the major parties in less than a year. This is fantastic news for the Libertarian Party and freedom and we hope to see more elected officials realize that the two major parties aren’t for the people anymore.



Author: Luke Henderson

Since joining the Libertarian Party in 2016 (after discovering Gary Johnson as a disaffected Bernie Sanders supporter), Luke Henderson has been active in the liberty movement through journalism, and political activism. At the beginning of 2017, Luke had his first piece of writing published by Being Libertarian and quickly became a contributor to the libertarian news site, The Libertarian Vindicator. Through the Vindicator, Luke discovered his passion for addressing critics of the philosophy and bringing together different factions of liberty lovers which compelled him to become an editor for The Libertarian Coalition, a forum dedicated to an open-minded discussion of libertarian ideas from all walks. After many guest contributions to Being Libertarian, Luke was asked to join the website as a contributor, where he writes his column Scoring For Liberty, which discusses sports, politics, and economics from a libertarian lens, and his Educator series that seeks to strengthen libertarian’s understanding of educational techniques and policy to better arguments against public education. Luke is one of the District 1 Executive Committeemen for the Missouri Libertarian party, and the founder of the Missouri Chapter of the Libertarian Positivity Caucus. Outside of politics, Luke is a paraprofessional for the Special School District of St. Louis, a musician, composer, and a loving husband and father.

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