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DES MOINES – Iowa businessman and Libertarian Party leader Jake Porter will announce his candidacy for governor at 4 p.m. March 12 at the North Liberty Community Library.

Porter as the Libertarian candidate for Iowa secretary of state in 2010 and 2014.

He’s a tech and media entrepreneur in Council Bluffs, previously working for Yahoo and Apple. He graduated from AIB College of Business in Des Moines.

He’s running because a “bunch of busybodies” are running state government.

“We need to have a government that quits regulating small businesses out of business,” according to his remarks prepared for delivery Saturday. “We need to have a government that cares enough about sick people to let them decide their own medication and not a government that believes it is a necessary function of government to prosecute cancer patients and the parents of sick children for giving them their medication.”

Porter, 28, promises not to have a “message of despair like just about every other politician.” but a “message of freedom … true optimism … an entrepreneurial message … a message of freedom for the individual and not a message to increase the power of big corporations or the power of the almighty state.”

For more information about Porter, visit http://jakeporter.org/.

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