“Libertarian Running for San Diego Mayor”

July 14,2008
Sydney Bessler

“Live and let live”, the Libertarian way of life which Pete Vitrelli strongly upholds. Today he held a press conference at the UCSD campus to announce his candidacy for mayor of San Diego, California.

In his campaign to be mayor, Vitrelli stresses the essential right for everyone to have the freedom and liberty to do what they want to do with thier lives. When talking about abortion and gay marriage and even whether you want to spay or neuter your pets, it is up to you in Vitrelli’s opinion. The only job of the government is to support their citizens’ freedom and maintain the rule of the law; otherwise, the citizens should be able to do what they want to do when they want to do it.

With five years as a member of San Diego’s city council and four years as a district attorney, Vitrelli feels he is prepared to take on the position as mayor and wants to focus on trying to make San Diego a destination for tourism and business. To achieve his goal, he plans to lower taxes and privatize all government-owned businesses. The only exceptions from privatization would be the police and fire departments of the city because they are the basics of public security, says Vitrelli. This is a traditional libertarian way of thinking; in which he believes will help the citizens of San Diego “succeed and achieve all their goals,”.

Although his opponent Tonia Maria Anaya is focusing on collecting more money for the public school system, Vitrelli believes that private, charter, and even home schooling is more beneficial to their citizens. With Vitrelli’s new way of schooling; there would not be a need for public school funding in taxes thus bringing him closer to the San Diego destination goal.

Since San Diego is right next to the border of Mexico, illegal immigration can be a problem. Vitrelli believes that any illegal immigrants should be deported, and that border security should be increased.

In regards to the poor population of San Diego, Vitrelli says that the government is not responsible. It is up to the poor to try and help themselves and be individuals in society. Similarly, Vitrelli stands against social security saying “it shows a lack of faith in the people, because the government thinks they can’t take care of themselves,”.

Individuals need to be accountable to themselves and not so much on the government according to Vitrelli. Local governments need to be more influential on the people then the whole U.S. government is.

With his experience in the City Council and his focuses on the freedom of the individual, Vitrelli is very confident that he will be the next mayor of San Diego. According to Vitrelli, the libertarian policies he will implement as mayor will make San Diego a place to go for business and tourism.

January 1, 2009 will be the new mayor’s first day in office. We will be looking forward to the election on November 2, 2008 to see where the city of San Diego’s future stands.

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