The leaders of Libertarian Booster PAC, Wes Benedict and Arthur DiBianca, suggest that Travis County, Texas is the most Libertarian large county in America.
(“Large” defined as 100,000 or more total votes for president in the November 2012 election. That includes roughly 250 counties.)
Based on the 2010 census, Travis County is the 39th-largest county in the U.S. with a population of 1,024,266.
Some 2012 stats to consider:
- 31 Libertarian candidates on the Travis County ballot, more than any other county in America
- 2.7% for Gary Johnson, the highest percentage nationwide for large counties outside of New Mexico (Johnson’s home state)
- Four Libertarians got over 40% of the vote for the portion of their district within Travis County:
- RS Roberto Koelsch (Supreme Court, Place 2)
- Mark W. Bennett (Court of Criminal Appeals, Place 7)
- William Bryan Strange, III (Court of Criminal Appeals, Place 8)
- Ben Easton (U.S. Representative, District 17)
- Six Libertarians running for offices contained within Travis County, and running against both a Republican and Democrat, got over 5% of the vote:
- Joe Edgar (State Representative, District 48)
- Jaclyn L. Finkel (Travis County Sheriff)
- Mike Burris (Travis County Tax Assessor-Collector)
- Pat Dixon (Travis County Commissioner, Precinct 3)
- Raul “Roy” Camacho (Travis County Constable, Precinct 2)
- Scott G. McKinlay (Travis County Constable, Precinct 3)
While no Travis County Libertarian candidates in partisan races won their elections, Travis County resident Ed Tidwell, a dues-paying Libertarian Party member, won his race for Lago Vista City Council. Current Texas LP Chair Pat Dixon served two terms on the Lago Vista City Council.
The current chair of the national LP, Geoffrey Neale, lives in Travis County, and the previous executive director of the national LP, Wes Benedict, is a former Travis County resident and former chair of the Travis County Libertarian Party. 2004 Libertarian presidential nominee Michael Badnarik had previously run for office as a Libertarian in Travis County, and his presidential campaign headquarters were located in Travis County.
Travis County is also the home of Libertarian Booster PAC, which had the highest revenue of any non-federal political action committee in the U.S. dedicated to promoting Libertarian Party candidates in the 2012 election cycle.