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Libertarian Party members react to Douglas Butzier's death

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CEDAR RAPIDS (KWWL) -

Members of the Libertarian party in Linn County are reacting after the death of Dr. Douglas Butzier.

The Libertarian candidate for U.S. Senate was killed in a plane crash in Dubuque county, Monday night.

"A tragic loss for the party, honestly he was a great voice for liberty," Austin Griffith, a Libertarian. "The candidate who embraced our ideas fully, it's going to be a very sad voice to have missing in the party."

It was supposed to be just a typical Linn County Libertarian party meeting, but the structure of the meeting changed.

Butzier, from Dubuque was killed when his single-engine plane crashed, just about a mile north from the Dubuque Regional Airport.

The small group of about five Libertarians in Cedar Rapids says it's already challenging to find a candidate with the perfect skills and ideas they want in the forefront, now that Butzier is no longer here, that effort somewhat lost.

"We're a small group and we don't have that many qualified people to run for office," aid Greg Luton.

The group says Butzier will remain on the ballot, and it will help them in the next election and hopefully get into the debates, so their efforts won't be completely lost.

Butzier was one of four candidates going up against Democrat Bruce Braley and Republican Joni Ernst.

"Help us in the next election," said Luton. "So it' not just a one time thing, we've got to build, and it takes time to build momentum."

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