Libertarian brings ‘mind-your-own-business’ platform to U.S. House race

Jun 13, 2016

Diane Bostow with Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson, who is her first cousin.
Credit Diane Bostow

Michigan Libertarians have picked a former schoolteacher to run for U.S. Congress in northern Michigan.

“This is a district that is frugal, hard-working people and they kind of like to be left alone,” says Diane Bostow, who is a former teacher and entrepreneur from the Upper Peninsula town of Gwinn.  

Michigan Libertarians selected Bostow at the state party’s convention last month.

“I refer to the Libertarian Party as being the mind-your-own-business party,” Bostow says.

Bostow is the first cousin of the Libertarian Party presidential nominee, Gary Johnson.

Michigan's 1st Congressional District is expected to be one of the most competitive House races in the country this year. A Libertarian candidate, Emily Salvette, received three percent of the district's vote in 2012.

“I think a lot of people go to Washington to make a name for themselves by making new laws,” Bostow says. “I think we have a lot. And we have a lot that are very expensive and aren’t working very well so maybe we should clean house a little bit.”