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Robert Sarvis: Who, What, When, Where, How, Why by Sarah Barb


Sarah Barb

Robert Sarvis

Who What When Where How Why

On September 20, Roanoke College was visited by Robert Sarvis the Libertarian Party Candidate for Governor of Virginia. Sarvis was invited to speak on campus by the College Libertarians, the newest political group on campus.

Sarvis’ decision to run was based on the corruption he has seen in the state capital of Richmond. He stated that the constituents of Virginia “have been failed by the Republicans and Democrats”.  He believes that the State and Federal government need to get back to the “rule of law”.

The focus of his campaign mostly pushes for less regulation of businesses and education. As a former software developer and lawyer, Sarvis focuses heavily on technology. It is obvious to anyone that has heard him speak that it was his first passion.

His views on some of the major issues of today were not as clear as his position on education reform and transportation. When asked, he said Virginia needs to recognize same sex marriages. His views regarding abortion are neither “pro-life” nor “pro-choice”. A statement during his speech said government “shouldn’t be in the issue” because it is a personal, metaphysical issue and the answer varies person to person.

Sarvis said, “I don’t know what gun control laws would have prevented the recent mass shootings,” when discussing the recent Navy Yard shootings.

His thoughts about marijuana are in line with his thoughts on deregulation of businesses. His platform is that there should be a decriminalization or legalization of marijuana for several reasons. Firstly because “it causes less social ills than alcohol” and secondly that the war on drugs has gone too far. “The war on drugs has caused a breakdown of civil liberties”, Sarvis stated.  Continuing the discussion he then went on to say that the government should be listening to the people not the other way around.

As a third party governor he hopes to help bridge the divide in State Congress to fix the state’s major problems. It is a possibility that he may win some votes from the Republican Party this year in light of the recent bribery scandals occurring with both the incumbent governor and the Republican candidate. It still remains to be seen if he will actually be invited to debate with the two major parties, but as of now he is polling about 7% according to his campaign.