Activist, Entertainer, and Federal Convict NA Poe Accepts Libertarian Nomination for Philly City Council

At a convening of the Libertarian Party of Philadelphia last night at Abbaye bar in Northern Liberties, members officially nominated Richard Tamaccio, known as N.A. Poe, as their candidate in the May 20th special election for Philadelphia City Councilman-At-Large. Council President Darrel Clarke announced the special election in March to be held to fill the seat left vacant by Councilman Bill Greene, now head of the School Reform Commission.

NA Poe goes over the nomination paperwork with Libertarian Party of Philadelphia Treasurer John Karr

NA Poe goes over the nomination paperwork with Libertarian Party of Philadelphia John Karr

Poe, not a member of the Libertarian Party, began working with Liberty movement activists through his comedy troupe The Panic Hour’s monthly civil disobedience action at Independence Mall, Smokedown Prohibition, where he was arrested last May along with Libertarian celebrity Adam Kokesh, and eventually charged with and convicted of marijuana possession and other misdemeanors, for which he is currently serving a year of federal probation. The group’s Meetup Page has already received a comment questioning the nomination, which was soundly rebutted by another member. Party Chair Richard Schwarz, who was reelected last night at the party’s annual meeting, said that Poe’s non-membership in the party was not a stumbling-block in his receiving the nomination. “I think you would have trouble finding any single person in the city of Philadelphia who has done more for the cause of liberty this past year than Poe,” Schwarz said.

“Anyway, I think he’s more Libertarian than Gary Johnson was when he ran for president two years ago,” laughed Schwarz.

Poe is expected to be on the ballot May 20th with Democrat Representative Ed Neilson and Republican Anthony Wolfe, as well as any independent candidate that can gather 1,785 signatures supporting their candidacy. The Declaration is extending an invitation to all candidates to participate in a public debate, date and location to be announced in the very near future.

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About Kenneth Lipp

Kenneth is a writer and researcher. He’s from Alabama, and will not apologize for it. He moved to Pennsylvania in 2012, but has been in love with Philadelphia since a late-night stroll down Ben Franklin Parkway to the Art Museum in July of 2011 with the love of his life. He is interested in telling Philadelphia’s dynamic and absolutely unique stories with the zeal of a constantly enamored newcomer. Kenneth is also passionate about government transparency and protection of whistleblowers, most notably PFC Chelsea Manning. His research and reporting on law enforcement and surveillance have been featured in various publications, including Rolling Stone (Meet the Private Companies Helping Cops Spy on Protesters) and Popular Science (Boston Tested Crowd-Watching Software That Catalogues People's Skin Color). His training is in both genetics and history and he likes the joke about being a helicase and unzipping your “genes.” He’s driven to know, and thinks you can handle, the truth. Follow him on Twitter @kennethlipp.

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  1. Council Candidate to Call for Halting City Funds to South Philly Intelligence Center | The Declaration

    […] City Council candidate Nikki Allen Poe will hold a press conference tomorrow at 6:30 pm outside Philadelphia’s surveillance boondoggle, the Delaware Valley Intelligence Center, to address a number of issues that touch on personal political beliefs and convictions we feel very strongly about: our city’s public school evisceration; the disproportionate impact that law enforcement policies and activities (including the fusion center’s operations) have on low income communities and people of color; civil liberties and privacy;  and last but certainly not least, political corruption and deceit. […]

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