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Libertarian Ed Tidwell bested incumbent in Texas city council race

Part of a series highlighting significant stories from the 2012 election


Ed Tidwell,
City Council
Lago Vista, TX

Libertarian Ed Tidwell of Lago Vista, Texas, won his race for City Council Place 2, defeating incumbent Bob Bradley by 1,296 votes (53 percent) to 1,146 (47 percent). He will serve a two-year term.

“Canvassing has gone very well,” said Tidwell at his Facebook page on Oct. 30. “Three straight days of standing at the early voting poll station for nine hours a day, and walking the hills on off days as far as 17 miles in one day, has really paid off.”

His main goal is to make the city more business-friendly. He feels that the city’s ordinances and zoning restrictions block businesses from setting up shop in the city.

Ed Tidwell was the Libertarian nominee for governor in 2010, and ran for Lago Vista mayor in 2011. He hopes that this will lead to a successful career in state or national politics once he retires and can serve full-time.