September 14, 2020
Some time back, the Libertarian Free State movement set a goal of getting 20,000 like-minded people from all over the country to move to New Hampshire to create some sort of idyllic Libertarian paradise. They’re not there yet, but those who have arrives do things like wear hats in court rooms and put coins in parking meters just as the parking enforcement officers are writing tickets. Meanwhile, a small group to the Free Staters have broken away, and have established the offshoot “Free Keene” movement.
One of Free Keene’s members is Aria DiMezzo. Dimezzo recently won the Republican nomination for Cheshire County Sheriff (she was running unopposed), and is now set to face off against four-term incumbent Eli Rivera in November’s general election,
DiMezzo’s resume and platform are, well, unusual. DiMezzo, who is transgender, ran two years ago as a libertarian against Rivera and longtime Republican candidate Earl Nelson (garnering 0.024% of the vote), though she ran under her previous male name because she did not have her name legally changed in time for the 2018 ballot. She is the founder of the Reformed Satanic Church, and describes herself on her Facebook page as a “polyamorous transgender Mississippian lesbian anarchist atheist.” She hosts an internet radio program where she refers to herself as “She-Male.”
Her platform? She’s opposed to the war on drugs, and does not want to enforce any crimes she claims are victimless, which include drug crimes, sex work, immigration violations, and speeding violations. Her campaign slogan? “F— the Police.”
Free Keene has spawned other candidates, like Nobody. Nobody, a convicted felon, changed his name from Rich Paul and ran unsuccessfully for governor in the Republican primary this year. According to his campaign website, “Asked why he was running, Nobody stated that there are a lot of things done by government that nobody should do, and if he is elected, nobody will do them.” On Primary Election Day, Nobody received 1,239 votes out of the 145,852 ballots cast in the GOP primary, or 0.0085% of the vote.