Joe Kennedy, a member of the Libertarian Party, is running to fill the unexpired Senate term of the deceased Massachusetts Senator Edward Kennedy. The special election will be held on January 19, 2010.
David Blau, chair of the Libertarian Party of Massachusetts, says, "While [Mr. Kennedy] will appear on the ballot as an Independent due to a provision of state law, I have spoken with him at length and believe him to be an excellent libertarian candidate."
In a November 2 email to the Libertarian Party, Mr. Kennedy reported, "In the past weeks I have attended a number of rallies and grown my support base. During that process I have been converting a number of individuals in the Massachusetts area to the Libertarian way of thinking through television and radio appearances, rallies, email and mostly social media networks and website memberships. I have raised a small amount of money for myself and encouraged numerous people to join and give to National. I am 2/3 done with my signature campaign and I am committed to both getting on the ballot and expanding the base of our party."
On his website, Mr. Kennedy claims no relation to the family or relatives of President John F. Kennedy. He was born in Boston, has spent most of his life in Massachusetts, and works in the technology field.