Libertarian Candidate for Gov. Makes Campaign Stop in Roanoke
Roanoke, VA - You've heard a lot from both the Republican and Democratic candidates in the race for Virginia Governor.
Libertarian Robert Sarvis though brought his message to a Roanoke area audience Tuesday night.
When it comes to polling, Sarvis, is dead last. His numbers though are strong. In fact, experts would argue they are stellar for a third party candidate. And his popularity continues to increase.
His face may not be all that familiar, but at small meet and greets like the one he hosted in Roanoke Tuesday, Libertarian Gubernatorial candidate, Robert Sarvis, is making his name known.
When asked what his campaign philosophy was, Sarvis replied, "Well this is a campaign for the people, and so you have to engage with the people."
With a bank account a fraction of the size of his opponents', less than $100,000, Sarvis is having to campaign with events like this. He says he's unable to compete with the millions backing the two front runners.
But it's slowly paying off, recent polls place him at anywhere from 8-12%, and climbing. His first televised campaign ad just went state-wide this week. His competitors hit the air waves, months ago.
"I think their campaigns have just been very negative, very vacuous, not a lot of substance to them. I think this is how campaigning should be done, even if you do have $10 million, you should still be doing this" said Sarvis.
The Harvard and Cambridge graduate was not included in the first two debates. But his message has still gone public.
"You get to see who he is, and you get to talk to him" said Dianne Erb.
Erb, a Bedford resident, discovered Sarvis through word of mouth and says she finally feels like there is a candidate she could vote for.
"Virginia, America is just to the point where we just need somebody in there that is going to stand for our rights and protect those, and just do the job" she said.
Sarvis said he's hopeful he will be included in the third and final debate being held later this month at Virginia Tech. He would need to consistently poll above 10% in order for that to happen.