ST. LOUIS, Missouri, July 6, 2017 – Alicia Dearn, Libertarian Party activist and lawyer based in St. Louis, has announced an exploratory committee to be the Libertarian nominee for U.S. Senate in Missouri.
In 2016, Dearn sought the Libertarian Party’s nomination for Vice President. She was endorsed in that bid by Austin Petersen, although in the end, she came in fifth place out of five candidates for the position, winning 3.3 percent of the vote.
On July 4, Petersen announced he was running for the same seat in the Republican primary. There had been a negative bashlash within the Libertarian community to Petersen’s announcement. Read Dearn’s statement here, in which she explains “We are standing up for Libertarian Party.”
We should expect to see some fireworks between the Dearn and Petersen camps in the coming months. The election features incumbent Democrat Claire McCaskill, and is considered one of the key toss-up battleground races in 2018 that may determine control of the Senate.