You may not know me. I am not a politician. I am an average Illinois citizen just like you. I am not an embedded political candidate, I am part of no machine. I have no special interest groups nor financial backers. I care only about one thing, serving you. I, Matthew C. Scaro, am running for Governor of Illinois to represent the people not the politicians. I stand for the taxpayers, the small-business owners, the farmers, the industrial workers, the teachers, and everyone in-between. I stand for equality for all. For every race, creed, religion, sexuality, nationality and personality. I am not a Republican, I am not a Democrat. I am a Libertarian.
My reason for running is civic duty. Illinois needs a third party perspective to work with our divided general assembly. We need a truly balanced budget, not a bargain or a band-aid. As governor, I can and will do that. Our state needs honesty, transparency and solutions. That is what I offer. That is what I will provide.
That wasn’t always the case. For most of my life I had no idea what a Libertarian was. Growing up, I was raised in a conservative household and considered myself a republican although I cannot say why. I had no concept of how government works or how it could be improved. I do remember being told if I worked hard, I could make something of myself, that a penny saved was a penny earned, to never bully anyone, but also to never let myself be bullied. Those were lessons in life, but did they teach me to identify as a Republican? I don’t know.
I do know however what brought me to the Libertarian party and why I am proud to be a Libertarian.
In 2009, I became an entrepreneur. With little money and a lot of effort, I started a small corporation. I learned more through that process then any schooling had ever taught me. It helped me grow as a man. It helped me discover one of the greatest pleasures most business owners understand; creating jobs and writing paychecks. Paying someone for what they earned was a feeling I’ll never forget. It wasn’t easy, but it was worth it.
A few years later a friend asked who I supported in the 2008 presidential election. I told him John McCain. He was surprised. He asked me why I wouldn’t support Ron Paul.
I didn’t have an answer. I didn’t know anything about Ron Paul.
He said that, although he was a democrat, he would have voted for Ron Paul in a heartbeat had the GOP nominated him. At the time, I was still stuck in that old mindset of voting the party line favorite. But I remembered that conversation. Something about it stuck with me.
Years later, I did a google search on Ron Paul and found an interesting video on youtube. It was a compilation of Ron Paul quotes and debates from his 2008 and 2012 campaigns. The title was “This video changed my life.” That short video did in fact change my life.
I began researching the issues he spoke on and found I agreed with almost many of his stances. I learned that he was once a presidential candidate for the libertarian party and started researching what they stood for. There was much of their platform I agreed. I supported LGBT rights, I supported ending the drug war and I opposed foreign interventionism. Over time I came to realize I was never really a Republican, I had no idea what that meant. I choose the principled party. I choose to become a Libertarian.
In the 2016 election cycle I served as the Gary Johnson Illinois Events Coordinator. During that same time, I lobbied and spoke on behalf of Kent McMillen and Claire Ball for the Libertarian State party. I became a member of the local Chicago Chapter and worked tirelessly to gain signatures for Illinois ballot access. I took action because action needed to be taken. And now action must be taken in Springfield.
Illinois taxpayers want representatives who will hold themselves accountable to their campaign promises. Our state is insolvent and without action our citizens will get hurt. They want answers and they want solutions. This transparency and honesty is what I will provide as Governor.