The Libertarian Party issued this press release today:
For immediate release
June 30, 2014
Libertarians elect new leadership
Libertarian National Committee
Delegates to the 2014 Libertarian Party National Convention in Columbus, Ohio, elected Nicholas Sarwark of Colorado to be the party’s new chair.
Sarwark has been active with the LP since 1999. He has served on committees of the national party, and as chair of the Libertarian Party of Maryland. He is currently the vice chair of the Libertarian Party of Colorado, where he played a key role in recruiting the state’s 42 Libertarian candidates for 2014, as well as supporting the passage of Colorado’s historic marijuana legalization initiative in 2012.
Sarwark’s goals include clearly positioning the Libertarian Party as the only choice for pro-freedom young people.
“Younger voters are rejecting the old political parties,” Sarwark said. “Reaching out to pro-freedom young people will make us the dominant political party in 20 years.”
Sarwark is a deputy public defender and has tried more than 30 cases before a jury and argued in front of the Colorado Supreme Court. He also has more than a decade of experience in computer consulting and sales. He lives with his wife and two children in Denver.
Arvin Vohra, an educator from Bethesda, Md., and leader of the national party’s social media efforts, was elected vice chair. Alicia Mattson, of Las Vegas, Nev., was elected secretary; and Tim Hagan, also of Las Vegas, was re-elected treasurer.
“The Libertarian Party is the future of America,” Sarwark said. “We’re adding registered voters while the ranks of the two old parties are shrinking. Our vote totals among 18–29-year-olds have risen sharply in the last two years, and our candidates are ready to give voters the real choice for cutting government and advancing liberty they crave.”
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IPR announced that Nicholas Sarwark was running for the chairmanship in May.
Nicholas Sarwark posted this to his Facebook page yesterday:
As Chair of the Libertarian Party, I want to personally ask you to come home.
If you have never been a member of the party, but you believe in human freedom, this is your home.
If you joined the Republicans or Democrats believing they would fight for human freedom but you are disappointed by their broken promises, this is your home.
If you were a member of the party, but left in frustration at something we did or didn’t do, this is your home.
We are ready to welcome you home whenever you are ready. It’s time for the prodigals to return and for us to feast in celebration.<
Arvin Vohra sent us this statement:
Each year, Libertarian Party candidates get millions of dollars worth of media coverage. With the right candidate training, we can use that media coverage to brand the Libertarian Party as the only political party dedicated to abolishing government departments, repealing laws, and advancing freedom. During the next months, I intend to work with candidates and state parties to help make it clear that the Libertarian party is the only party for those who want to cut government and advance liberty.
Mr. Sarwark has previously served on the Judicial Committee of the Libertarian National Committee, and Mr. Vohra served as an At-Large Representative the last term.
Alicia Mattson has served as secretary before, and Tim Hagan was the incumbent treasurer.