Nov. 3 Press Release



Contact:  Eric Cooper

Telephone: (515) 708-6706





Press Conference to be Held on Wednesday, November 11, 2009 in Ames


Eric Cooper of Ames and Nick Weltha of Des Moines announce today that they have filed papers to form an exploratory committee to seek the Libertarian Party’s 2010 nomination for Governor and Lt. Governor of Iowa.


            “We think that our candidacy will provide an alternative to the major parties for Iowa citizens who want a smaller government,” Cooper said.  “We believe we will attract support from fiscally responsible Democrats, socially liberal Republicans, and Independents who are tired of the ever expanding size of the Iowa government.”


Cooper, 43, (the candidate for Governor) is an Associate Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience at Iowa State University, and is currently the Vice Chairman of the Libertarian Party of Iowa.  He has run five times previously as a Libertarian for the legislature from Ames, and was the Iowa College Coordinator for the Ron Paul presidential campaign prior to the 2008 Iowa Caucuses.  Weltha, 30, (the candidate for Lt. Governor) is a Systems Administrator for the Iowa Judicial Branch and served as Vice Chairman of the Libertarian Party of Iowa from 2006 to 2008.


“Our goal in this election is to get at least 2% of the vote which would give the Libertarian Party major party status under Iowa law.  We also hope to draw enough support away from the major parties to encourage them to poach our issues in order to steal our voters,” said Cooper.


Key issues in their campaign will be encouraging the legalization of marijuana in the state of Iowa, allowing greater school choice for both K-12 and Iowa college students, and repealing the Iowa fireworks ban.


“We seek to popularize the Jeffersonian notion of a small limited government among Iowa citizens, and give citizens who would like to see a reduction in the size of Iowa government an option at the voting booth,” according to Cooper.


Cooper and Weltha will be holding a press conference to give a short statement and answer questions at the following location and time:



Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2009, 10:30 am – 11:00 am

Community Room, 2nd Floor

Ames Public Library

515 Douglas Avenue

Ames, Iowa 50010


Additional information including positions on specific issues, additional biographical information on the candidates, and downloadable pictures of the candidates may be found at the campaign website,


All members of the press should feel free to quote from this press release and from any of the material on the campaign website.  Eric Cooper is available for interviews both by phone, (515) 708-6706, or by e-mail,