- Associated Press - Tuesday, October 14, 2014

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - The Libertarian Party candidate for governor says the party’s candidate for U.S. Senate put his heart and soul into running with a firm belief in individual liberty.

Dr. Douglas Butzier (BUT’-zeer) died when the plane he was piloting crashed around 11 p.m. Monday near Dubuque Regional Airport.

The party’s candidate for governor, Dr. Lee Hieb, says Butzier just last weekend had flown her and several Libertarian Party candidates around the state to campaign.

Hieb, an orthopedic surgeon, says she talked medicine with Butzier, a Dubuque emergency room surgeon, during some of their campaign events. He told her he became a Libertarian after studying economics for a Master of Business Administration about seven years ago.

She says “Iowa and the cause of individual liberty are significantly diminished by his passing.”

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