Madlen Krause

Camp County

Madlen Krause


Elected March 14, 2020

How did you become libertarian?

I’m a second-generation Libertarian, my dad was involved with the party at local and state levels for a number of years, I was pretty young at that point though, so I didn’t have much interest in it.

My parents raised me and my siblings with —what is known as— Libertarian principals in mind, (Don’t hurt people, and don’t take their stuff.) but instead of instilling it in us as “Libertarianism” they just called it “doing the right thing” “kindness” and “being a decent human being” so as I grew up, naturally I fell in with Libertarians on the political spectrum.

How did you become chair?

I saw there was a need for advocacy of another choice other than just Red or Blue (mostly just Red around here). So I got the info from my good friend that was the chair of another county in the area (shout out to Kate Prather) and I’m now working to fill that need.

What have you tried in the county?

We’ve been active for almost 2 years now, our county is very small and VERY RED. We’ve had monthly meetings, and had a presence at festivals, and had a great response from people in the area. Right now we’re focusing on growth.

What has worked, what hasn’t?

I see everything as progress in one way or another. So far what we’ve been doing to grow our county has been working, even if it’s slowly.

What is your vision for the county?

I want to see a Libertarian on the ballot in every race in Camp County. Past and present it’s been “choose one of these 2 Republicans in March.” And that’s the only choice people have here, there will be a Democrat here or there, and maybe a contested race ever 25 or so years. It’s ridiculous. 

The elitism here is insane. The incumbents stay in office for 10-20 years and then when they’re ready to leave they basically pick their successor.

What is your plan to attain that vision?

Grow the party, advocate for change, create a reputation as a legitimate choice, select good candidates, get Libertarians elected.

What challenges do you face?

The ever impending boot of the Duopoly stomping the life, liberty, and happiness out of those who seek to diminish their power. Y’know, the usual stuff.

How can we help?

Keep fighting, keep growing, and if you have any friends in NE Texas, send them my way.

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