The race for the special election in the state Senate’s 48th District continues to grow.
Tim McMaster, an IT analyst who resides on a farm, has launched a campaign as a Libertarian candidate for the upcoming special election in May, PennLive reports.
The special election is to fill the vacant seat previously held by state Sen. Dave Arnold (R-Lebanon), who died after battling brain cancer on January 17. He was 49 years old.
McMaster promotes not being a career politician on his campaign website and said he intends to “Make Pennsylvania Free Again!” if elected to office.
“I am a concerned citizen who wants to make a difference in my town, my county, my state and my nation,” McMaster writes on his campaign website. “I will fight against all legislation that further restricts your liberty, digs deeper into your wallet or increases Harrisburg’s control over your life, livelihood and family.”
“This campaign isn’t about me. It’s about you,” McMaster continues. “It’s about freedom and liberty. And it’s about making a real change to Harrisburg’s crony politics.”
In a press release announcing his candidacy, McMaster cites being “disgusted with the corrupt, incompetent government’s waste, stealing and abuse,” as the reason he entered the race, while also stressing the goal of “limiting the involvement of government in your lives,” if elected.
McMaster lays out a number of positions under the issues page of his campaign website, including his support for fully opening Pennsylvania’s economy with “no governmental restrictions” on day one, reducing property taxes, supporting school choice, decriminalize victimless crimes, and more.
He also promotes having the support of PA Libertarian Party Chairman Steve Sheetz, Joseph Soloski, who is running for the Libertarian nomination for Governor in 2022, Nicole Shultz, who is seeking the Libertarian nomination for Lt. Governor in 2022, and several other Libertarian Party officials.
McMaster is one of at least four candidates running in the upcoming special election.
Chris Gebhard, president and CEO of Hoaster Gebhard & Co., was nominated as the Republican candidate for the race, while Democrats will meet on March 13 to select their candidate. Former state Rep. Ed Krebs has launched a campaign as an Independent.
Arnold was elected to represent the 48th Senate District in a special election in January 2020, taking over the seat previously held by Sen. Mike Folmer (R-Lebanon).
The 48th Senate District includes all of Lebanon County, and parts of Dauphin and York counties.
The special election will take place on May 18, the same day as the Pennsylvania primary.