Dale Kerns has received the official nomination as a Libertarian candidate for U.S. Senate in his bid against incumbent Democrat Bob Casey.

“We’re embarking on a journey across Pennsylvania to make liberty a household name,” said Kerns, of Ridley Township, in a release announcing the nomination. “This isn’t about the Dale Kerns campaign, this is about the individual. We’re fighting for the greatest minority, which is the individual.”

Kerns is a stalwart individualist who supports localizing education, reducing the size of government, ending the war on drugs and returning the economy to a strict gold-and-silver standard. He had previously announced his candidacy but did not have official party backing until Sunday’s nomination.

Casey, of Scranton, is a two-term incumbent. U.S. Rep. Lou Barletta, R-11, of Luzerne County, state Rep. Jim Christiana, R-15, of Beaver County, former energy executive Paul Addis, of Haverford, and perennial candidate Joe Vodvarka, of Allegheny County, are also in the race.

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