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Missoulian State Bureau Constitutional, Libertarian, Natural Law and Reform parties to attend conference

A conference is set for Saturday in Missoula for those interested in Montana political parties other than the Democratic and Republican parties.

The conference is for what organizer Toby McAdam calls the third parties of Montana: the Constitutional, Libertarian, Natural Law and Reform parties.

McAdam said the conference is not intended to combine the parties, but to address the treatment of individuals who are running or have attempted to run for public office in Montana. The conference is open to members of each party.

"All of these parties deserve the right to be treated equally and fairly in the election process, not only by the government but by the media, too," McAdam said. "Unfortunately, that is not the case. Throughout Montana, there have been instances of prejudice and unjustified treatment of candidates from these parties running for office. The citizens of Montana deserve better, and they will get it."

He went on to say the other parties "only want to be treated fairly and equally as the Democrats and Republicans."

McAdam is the author of a proposed ballot measure, Constitutional Initiative 80, which seeks to replace Montana's property, inheritance and income taxes with a 5 to 7 percent transaction tax similar to a sales tax. He needs to collect almost 40,000 signatures of registered voters to place the measure on the November ballot.

He tried to file for governor this spring as a Reform Party candidate, but was not allowed to do so. McAdam showed up late to the secretary of state's office on the filing deadline day and without the proper forms completed by his running mate, Bill Boswell of Bozeman. He was not allowed to file because state law requires a joint filing by a team running for governor and lieutenant governor.

McAdam has said he will try to run for governor as a write-in candidate.

If you're interested

The meeting begins at 10 a.m. at the Jokers Wild Restaurant, 4829 N. Reserve St., and will feature speeches from the presidents of each party. The public is welcome.

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