Libertarian candidate is running for county legislator

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 29 May 2019 at 8:10 am

CARLTON – A Libertarian Party candidate is believed to be making the party’s first-ever run for the Orleans County Legislature.

Chase Tkach

Chase Tkach, 23, of Oak Orchard Road in Carlton is challenging Don Allport for an at-large position on the Legislature. That is a county-wide position for someone who lives in central Orleans. Allport is a Republican and has served on the Legislature for more than a decade.

“I am motivated to become the At-Large Legislator of this county because I see so much beautiful potential for this county that remains untapped,” Tkach said.

She attended the March 27 County Legislature and was disappointed the group opposed a push to legalize recreational marijuana.

She favors legalizing marijuana, without taxing it, and would encourage farmers to grow it if the state legalizes marijuana.

Tkach supports releasing inmates charged with non-violent marijuana possession charges.

“The war on drugs is ineffective, unfair and immoral,” she said.

She said she is a strong supporter of the Second Amendment and opposes the state’s SAFE Act and Red Flag law.

She also opposes subsidies for wind and solar energy projects.

“I would like to lower Orleans taxes substantially,” she said. “Taxation is theft.”

Tkach said she would donate half of the legislator’s annual salary of about $12,000 to the Stop ALD Foundation. Her son suffers Adrenoleukodystrophy, a brain disorder that destroys myelin, the protective sheath that surrounds the brain’s neurons.

Photo by Tom Rivers: Chase Tkach, back to camera, meets Larry Sharpe, Libertarian Party candidate for governor, at the Orleans County 4-H Fair last July. Her father, Jeremy McCauley, holds his grandson, Nikolay Tkach. Nikolay’s mother is Chase Tkach, who is running for Orleans County Legislature and was active in Sharpe’s campaign.

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