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Pranav Badhwar, Ward 6 Libertarian for City Council, launches website

23 Feb
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Become a Volunteer
“The end of law is not to abolish or restrain, but to preserve and enlarge freedom.” – John Locke
I am running for DC Council specifically to reduce the cost of living and expand economic opportunity by curbing the parts of government that reward cronies while abusing citizens.

Instead of simply shifting resources to interest groups, government should offer real solutions to problems. Solutions which protect individual rights, not violate them. Solutions which treat root causes, not waste money on symptoms. Solutions which empower individuals to succeed, not trap them in need.

Because root causes of problems are often unclear, action that would help is considered unrealistic or not good enough. So the poor continue to suffer while special interest groups and politicians haggle over projects that do more harm than good. My platform offers common sense options that would take great strides in allowing the citizens of DC to be entrepreneurs and create jobs in unique ways. At the end of the day, government should free people to creatively contribute to the community in their own way.
  • Eliminate restrictions on renting out one’s own home and offering alternative transportation services. Excessive restrictions obstruct start-ups and favor large corporations when it comes to affordable housing and transportation.
  • Focus law enforcement on real crime, and off of non-violent drug offences. Laws severely punish those who use drugs but harm no one else, stunting their ability to work, live, leave behind their addictions, and find meaningful lives. Keeping priorities on point reduces violent crime, homelessness, and joblessness.
  • Empower parents and teachers instead of administrators by being smarter with educational funds. Administrative costs should not grow while wages and jobs stagnate for teachers. Meaningful changes in the lives of students come from innovative teachers, not bureaucrats.
There are many more unheard frustrations in Ward 6 that I hope to be a voice for on the Council. Together, we can uncover more of these fundamental issues and propose solutions that both protect rights and lead to a community of which we can be even more proud.
With Regards, your neighbor,

Pranav Badhwar

Pranav Badhwar 5th Libertarian headed for DC April primary

16 Dec

A 5th Libertarian will appear on the DC ballot, Capitol Hill resident Pranav Badhwar, running for the Ward 6 city council seat.  Badhwar, a Hill resident since 2003, is married and the father of two.  A senior product manager at a telecommunications firm, he was a 2012 Ron Paul delegate.

Mr. Badhwar picked up petitions this morning to place his name on the April 2014 primary ballot, accompanied by Libertarian mayoral candidate Bruce Majors, who turned in more than enough signatures to secure his own spot on the ballot, as well as enough for Delegate to Congress candidate Sara Panfil and City Council At Large candidate Frederick Steiner.

Four DC Libertarians had earlier filed for petitions with the DC 
Board of Elections, and already collected enough signatures to 
assure them places on the April 2014 primary ballot. Winners in 
the primary are automatically assured placement on the November 
2014 general election ballot.

The candidates are:Frederick Steiner, City Council At Large; Sara 

Jane Panfil, Delegate to Congress; Bruce Majors, Mayor;  Ryan 
Sabot, Ward 3 city council representative.  More candidates are 
being recruited, for an unprecedented nearly full slate never before 
put on the ballot by any DC party other than the Democrats. A newly 
created elected Attorney General position is open to any member of 
the DC Bar. Wards 1 (Petworth/Columbia Heights), 5 (Brookland) 
have races, as well as City Council Chair, school board, and 
Advisory Neighborhood Commission.  If you or anyone you know 
would like to learn more about running for office, please contact: 
Bruce Majors 

Pictured – Pranav (left) with 2012 Libertarian Presidential candidate Gary Johnson.