2018 California Libertarian candidates: Governor

The California Libertarian Activist invites Libertarian candidates in California to provide statements about their candidacy for our members and subscribers.


In 2018, the LP of California has two Libertarian candidates for governor: Zoltan Istvan and Nikolas Wildstar, who provided the following statements.*

Zoltan Istvan

Zoltan Istvan outdoor portrait, greenery in far background, contemplative expression, light striped collared shirt, no tie (color photo)

Zoltan Istvan is often considered the world’s leading transhumanist and a top Libertarian futurist. Zoltan began his futurist career by publishing The Transhumanist Wageran award-winning, #1 bestseller in Science Fiction and Philosophy. The libertarian-minded novel has been compared to Ayn Rand’s work many times in major media and was a Top 5 Amazon book. During the 2016 elections, Zoltan interviewed with Gary Johnson to potentially be his preferred Vice Presidential running mate. Zoltan is also a well known technology journalist and a former filmmaker for the National Geographic Channel. As a successful entrepreneur, The New Yorker cited Zoltan made a “small real estate fortune.” Zoltan also has executive experience via his former position as a director at a major wildlife nonprofit, WildAid. In total, Zoltan’s public work has received hundreds of millions of views, much of it through his political activism. He ran for California Governor for the Libertarian Party in 2018. Zoltan has spoken at the World Bank, the World Economic Forum, Microsoft, and been the opening Keynote at the Financial Times Camp Alphaville. He is a graduate of Columbia University, and lives in San Francisco with his physician wife and two young daughters. In a 5000-word feature on Zoltan, The New York Times wrote Zoltan is “polite and charismatic” and has a “plausibly Presidential aura.”

Campaign web site: www.ZoltanIstvan.com

Nickolas Wildstar

Nickolas Wildstar, outdoor portrait, wearing dark suit and tie, goatee (color photo)


I am Libertarian candidate Nickolas Wildstar and I’m running for governor because California is in need of a leader that will genuinely work towards the betterment of the state with only the public’s best interests in mind.

As I got involved in fighting for human rights I’ve marched along protesters and activists of the community who were mothers and fathers, veterans and servicemen, hard workers and those seeking to work hard, I learned many things, but the one thing I learned that they all had in common was that they were fed up with how politicians were running the state.

Forever increasing taxes and not having a choice in the matters that affects our community the most has began to take its toll on people and they’re starting to look at government as more of a problem than a solution.

As the first Libertarian to be elected Governor I’ll be able to fix this by making drastic cuts to taxes, restoring personal choice and reducing the size of government to let the people of California have more liberty and freedom over how they live their lives!

Thank you and may the light of liberty shine on each and everyone of you.

Campaign web site: Wildstar2018.com


* Candidates’ statements have not been edited.