They may not have the same name recognition among the general public enjoyed by their Democratic and Republican counterparts, but Libertarian candidates are working to get their campaigns and views in front of voters before Tuesday’s midterm elections.

The following is a brief look at Libertarian candidates running for governor and New Hampshire’s two Congressional seats.

Jilletta Jarvis, candidate for Governor

According to a biography published on her website, Jarvis grew up on small farms in rural New Hampshire for most of her childhood.

She is the daughter of a Vietnam veteran and a self-taught accountant and the middle of three siblings and “put herself through college with school loans, scholarships, and work-study.”

As governor, Jarvis says she would “work with experts, find the best solutions possible for the people she represents, and do everything in her power to cut costs and come in under budget,” according to her website.

“I believe the government answers to the people, so I want to see more transparency, lower budgets to keep more money in the pockets of the residents of NH, and follow-through on our promises to them,” states Jarvis, a Sandown resident, in a campaign release.

Dan Belforti, candidate for U.S. Congress, District 1

According to his campaign website, Belforti is the investment manager and owner of Belforti Investments in Portsmouth. Prior to moving to New Hampshire in 1999, he was employed by Merrill Lynch and Tucker Anthony as an investment management consultant.

He began his career at General Electric Aerospace as both a systems engineer and financial analyst.

According to his website, he is running for U.S. Congress to “shrink the excessive spending, taxes, and authority of the federal government.”

Justin O’Donnell, candidate for U.S. Congress, District 2

According to his campaign website, O’Donnell, 29, has served as a Regional Representative to the Libertarian National Committee, representing the states of New Hampshire, Maine, Vermont, Massachusetts Connecticut, New York and New Jersey.

The Nashua resident served in the U.S. Army, and has helped organize local protests and calling for election reform in Concord.

On his campaign website, O’Donnell said he has “pledged to stand up to the political establishment, and be a persistent voice for liberty in our nation’s Capital,” “fight the passage of any bill that increases taxes and decreases our freedoms,” “fight for the preservation of those inalienable rights protected by the Constitution;” and “fight against any government encroachment on our beloved freedoms.”

Paul Feely is the City Hall reporter for the New Hampshire Union Leader and Sunday News. Reach him at pfeely@unionleader.com

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