Paul Ard has no political experience whatsoever, and he's hoping most people in the 6th Congressional District find that appealing.The 34-year-old automotive manufacturing engineer is challenging incumbent Democratic U.S. Rep. Ben Chandler for the district's seat as the nominee of the Libertarian Party. He has raised little money and has run a low-profile campaign, but he's counting on voter dissatisfaction with the status quo to send him to Washington.
During a recent visit to Winchester, Ard said that Chandler is "typical of the big government politics in Congress."
"I think he'll always vote to spend money and not cut back," he explained.
Smaller government is the cornerstone of Ard's libertarian philosophy. The emphasis is on more personal freedom and personal responsibility, and less social responsibility, shrinking the federal role, the budget and the tax burden.
Ard thinks programs such as Medicare and Social Security should be privatized, although he admits there's little chance that will happen soon, and he doesn't think the United States should be involved militarily in Iraq. He does believe in strong national security, but not in an interventionist foreign policy.