Libertarian Party Monday Message: 2009 off to a hot start

Via LP email list. Also posted on LP blog. Posted to IPR by Paulie.

2009 may be a “down year” for Republicans and Democrats looking ahead to congressional and gubernatorial races in 2010, but Libertarians are on the move.

Your Libertarian Party is hard at work fighting for open elections in West Virginia and Oklahoma, recruiting candidates for state races in New Jersey and Virginia and looking to fill an open congressional seat in New York.

And that’s just this week!

And you, no matter where you are, can help make that possible.  Even if you don’t live in West Virginia, Oklahoma, New Jersey, New York or Virginia, your support of the Libertarian Party is needed today.

We expect to lobby for legislation in West Virginia restoring reasonable ballot access laws when their state legislature reconvenes next week.  Unreasonable rules put into place in 1999 doubled the number of signatures needed to get a candidate on the ballot, if that candidate is not the nominee of the Republican or Democrat parties.  An earlier deadline also put candidates of competing parties at a disadvantage.

We plan to push hard for legislatures to restore the old rules that served West Virginia well for over 60 years.  We will also push hard in the Oklahoma legislature for rules allowing for open and competitive elections.

Oklahoma and West Virginia are considered to be the two most anti-competitive states in the country when it comes to ballot access.  The LP will be fighting hard this year to give voters real choices in November.

Virginia and New Jersey are also electing state legislators this year.  They are both states rocked hard by outlandish spending and tax hikes, and with millions of voters looking for a reasonable alternative.

If you live in Virginia or New Jersey, give me a call at 202-333-0008, x. 225, to see what we can do about getting you on the ballot.   You don’t need to spend thousands of dollars or be a polished public speaker to help the LP grow.  Give me a call, we’ll talk and we’ll get you in touch with your local party.

And while 534 other U.S. House and Senate seats won’t be up for election until 2010, we have an opportunity to run a Libertarian in a high-profile special election to fill the congressional seat once held by now-New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand.

New York state LP Chairman Eric Sundwall, shortly a candidate for the seat in 2006, is running again in the soon-to-be-scheduled special election.

He needs help, and he needs it fast.  Once Governor David Paterson announces the special election date, Eric has only 12 days to gather 3,500 signatures.

That’s a high hurdle, but it can be done if you contact him right now with your offer to volunteer or donate.  You can reach Eric at to give your time or most generous gift.

And you don’t have to live in those states to help.  Your donation to the Libertarian Party will help us fight hard to bring open elections to West Virginia and Oklahoma, support candidates in Virginia and New Jersey and continue the great progress the LP made in 2008.

You can donate simply by clicking here.  Any donation in any amount will be greatly appreciated and put to wise use.

There are plenty of opportunities out there in 2009, and we’re only a little more than a month into it.  Please take advantage of them by donating or volunteering right now.

With optimism,

Donny Ferguson
Director of Communications
Libertarian Party

5 thoughts on “Libertarian Party Monday Message: 2009 off to a hot start

  1. Coming on the back of the LP

    Libertarian Party Monday Message: 2009 off to a hot, steaming pile to start

  2. Eric Dondero

    The LP needs to get a state legislator, somewheres, somehow. If the Party expects to have any sort of credibility. There are a couple guys in Montana and New Hampshire who are making noises of being Libertarians. Why doesn’t the LPHQ go after these guys?

    Is a plane ticket to Billings or Manchester that expensive these days? Treat ’em to a rib-eye steak dinner, push the membership card in front of the prospect, and ask him to sign. How hard is that?

  3. ATM

    I definitely agree with Eric. A state legislator anywhere would give the LP some legitimacy. I don’t care if the LP, Constitution Party, or Green Party all claim to be “the” third party, I would think the argument would solved pretty easily if any of these parties could boast a half legislators in two or three states in different geographic regions.

    While I know ballot access laws are much harsher today, both the Prohibitionists and Socialists, by far the two most successful long-term third parties in American history, both elected multiple state legislators. These politicians could then build up party name recognition, articulate party positions in the legislature, and run credible campaigns for higher office.

    And, yes, VirtualGalt, even dog catchers and sewer commissioners would be fine. One of my favorite third party statistics is that the Prohibition Party elected 204 (!) local officials in Venango County, PA, in the 1904 elections.

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