Robert Sarvis: ‘I’m Giving Voters a Better Option’

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A potential third contender in the gubernatorial race, Libertarian candidate Robert Sarvis, made his rounds in Charlottesville Friday night.

According to recent polls, Sarvis is gaining some traction and could be a realistic candidate in the upcoming election.

The 37-year-old gubernatorial candidate says his opponents, Republican Ken Cuccinelli and Democrat Terry McAuliffe, are running negative campaigns while his is positive.

"I'm giving voters a better option," Sarvis said. "The other two candidates are representing the extreme version of their parties. It creates an opportunity for us to connect with voters."

And many of his supporters agree.

"I feel like Sarvis is an alternative, he's got some fresh ideas he's also coming from a base of giving people the power back," said Jason Amatucci, who supports Sarvis.

Sarvis says the government shutdown also makes it clear that the two-party system just isn't working.

"I think the shutdown obviously highlights the dysfunction of our government and its state federal and local that we have this dysfunction," Sarvis said.

That growing dislike for both of his opponents could benefit the third-party candidate.

"People are looking for other options they don't like what they have to see from those two parties and we're trying to fill that void with principled advocacy for more freedom in our economic sphere and personal lives," Sarvis said.

At this point, it is still unclear whether or not Sarvis will be included in the final gubernatorial debate. That decision is expected to be made sometime next week.