BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - The Mayor of McClain, Miss. is a Libertarian, and the party says he's the first elected Libertarian in the state of Mississippi.
"It's kind of overwhelming to be the first one. Everybody is wanting you to set a good example as a Libertarian. Of course in small towns you have to do what you have to do for your constituents whether that goes along with Libertarian lines or whatever lines," said Mayor Steve McCluskey.
The Libertarian party has the third most registered voters of all political parties, and they say it's gaining traction.
"The Libertarian party, its been around since 1971, but people are really starting to pay attention and notice as they become more and more dissatisfied with those two old parties," said Daniel Hayes.
Hayes is with the Libertarian National Committee and says Libertarians believe in minimal government interference in citizens lives. But, he feels there are big misconceptions about the party's beliefs.
"People think everybody in the Libertarian party is a stoner. Myself I don't use cannabis, but I think we need to let people make their own decisions in their own life," said Hayes.
Today's meeting extended an olive branch to members of others parties as well. The mayor of Tupelo, who happens to be a Democrat, spoke to the audience about the current state of Washington and the importance of crossing party lines to move forward.
"I know they're trying to continue to grow as a party in the state, but to reach out to Democrats and Republicans to have a conversation on how can we better the state. I think that was productive and I was glad to participate," said Mayor Jason Shelton.