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Libertarian Howe gets literal in her 'run' for governor

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OXFORD, N.C. – Barbara Howe is gearing up her campaign this weekend to be the next governor of North Carolina, but the Libertarian candidate is running her campaign different than most.

"There are 100 counties in North Carolina and a lot get ignored, so I think I'll visit every one and set up a 5K run," Howe said.

The three-time gubernatorial candidate plans to lead a campaign encouraging people to be more physically active, but if she wins, she wants a government that's less active.

"You don't tell people how to educate their children and how to prepare for their health care and how to plan for their lives, you protect them from people who would hurt them, but otherwise you leave them alone," she said.

Howe supporters say her campaign strategy could jumpstart her success.

"The metaphor for Barbara running in every county, trying to literally run a grassroots campaign, is an attractive way to get her name out and let voters know she is an option," said Michael Munger, who ran for governor in 2008.

This being Howe's third run for governor, she says there's a lot more at stake.

"This is an important race for the Libertarian Party because this is our ballot-access race,” she said. “If we don't get 2 percent of the vote, we will cease to exist as a political party in North Carolina."

Howe's final race will be the night before Election Night, when she plans to finish at the Governor's Mansion.

For more information about where Barbara Howe will be next, visit her web site, barbarahowe.net.

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