Libertarians in Texas plan on running over 400 candidates in 2010

The full press release (H/T to Joey Dauben):

AUSTIN, TEXAS – November 13, 2009  –   Libertarian Party of Texas (LPT) officials are visiting Dallas, Ft. Worth, Denton, and Frisco this weekend (Nov 14th and 15th) as part of a three-month, 24-city tour through Texas to recruit local candidates and support their county parties in the 2010 elections.  The public and the media are invited to attend.
On Saturday, Libertarians will gather at 12 noon in Clear Sky 24, 4440 Lawnview Ave, and at Billy Miner’s 150 W 3rd St. in Fort Worth for dinner at 7PM.  On Sunday, Libertarians are meeting at La Milpa on 820 S. I-35 in Denton at 1PM and gubernatorial candidate Steve Nichols’ residence at 6074 Arboretum Dr. in Frisco at 7PM.
“It’s time to stop complaining about politics as usual.  You can run for office yourself,” said Robert Butler, Executive Director of the Libertarian Party of Texas.  “It’s fun, and it’s easier than you think!”
Butler and LP Texas Chair Patrick Dixon have traveled from Tyler to El Paso; Amarillo to Brownsville.  Along the way, they helped candidates and county parties organize their efforts and become more efficient.  Butler presented his new book, 18 Steps to Win a Local Election.
Dixon announced, “We aim to break all prior records and challenge as many incumbent
politicians as possible.  Over 400 potential candidates have already volunteered.”
“Our goal this year is to help Texans channel their political frustration into practical and effective campaign action.  We will introduce the Libertarian Party and its objectives.  Then we will provide ‘nuts and bolts’ political training,” said Dixon. “We’ll have all the necessary paperwork to sign up candidates.”
In 2008, 173 Libertarian nominees were on the November ballot.  In Texas, there are currently 8 elected Libertarians in office.
Tour Dates and Locations:
Date            County            City             Time          Meeting Place
Nov. 14        Dallas             Dallas         12 Noon        Clear Sky 24
4440 Lawnview Ave.
(214) 824-4150
Nov. 14        Tarrant            Ft Worth       7:00PM      Billy Miner’s
150 W 3rd St.
(817) 877-3301
Nov. 15        Denton             Denton         1:00PM      La Milpa
820 S. I-35
(940) 382-8470
Nov. 15        Collin                Frisco          7:00PM      Steve Nichols’ Residence
6074 Arboretum Drive
* Check for tour updates.

21 thoughts on “Libertarians in Texas plan on running over 400 candidates in 2010

  1. Christopher Thrasher

    Great stuff from Texas. This should be a model for state LP’s across the nation.

    It is essential that state LP’s run as close to a full slate of candidates as possible. Running a full slate of candidates builds legitimacy, and also allows the party to run both “educational” campaigns and competitive campaigns.

    By running a full slate, our limited financial resources can be allocated to winnable races without sacrificing the opportunity to spread the more philosophical message of liberty.

    These next two election cycles represent an historic opportunity to get Libertarians and other Independent candidates elected.

    That’s right, I said ELECTED.

    The public sentiment is there, we just need to learn to market our message!

    It’s now or never people. Let’s get to work!

  2. Robert Capozzi

    ct, seems like there are states where this TX model might be contra-indicated. I’m unfamiliar with TX’s ballot-access process, but if there are little to no economies of scale in the petitioning process in a state, the TX model might be counter productive in other states.

    Also, notorious candidates holding outrageous positions could tend to stigmatize the rest of the line.

    Still, I applaud TX’s effort to gain attention and support. I hope that if this experiment doesn’t work out too well, the hyper-critics don’t savage the TX leadership.

    TX Ls are often constitutionalists/federalists, a view that often draws the bilious ire of our hyper-critic brothers and sisters. Up to 400 targets may be prove to be irresistible for knee-jerk complainers.

  3. Joey G. Dauben

    I’m taking a reporter (who happens to be a member of the Texas State Libertarian Exec Committee) with me to the 7 p.m. gathering at LPTX gubernatorial candidate Steve Nichols’ residence to get exclusive (hopefully) updates and info for the upcoming races.

    And should IPR want those, I will provide them to the IPR guys first before any print publication. Full disclosure: I’m attending this gathering as a reporter/editor.

    It just so happens that the newspaper in DFW that I and my SLEC co-worker write for is the only conservative/liberty-friendly paper in the state.


  4. Joey G. Dauben

    It should also be noted and highlighted that if not for Wes Benedict, Pat Dixon, Jake Witmer and the capable, talented class of 2004/06’s petition gathering efforts to make the LP the only third party with ballot access in Texas, this 400-candidate-strong (and growing, because I still don’t have the final numbers from this weekend’s Dallas road tour) effort wouldn’t have been made possible.

  5. Aroundtheblockafewtimes

    The eyes of the LP are on Texas to show everyone how a “winning” campaign is done.
    Consistent message on three or four issues key to Texas voters. Those who can write well, but don’t have time or personality to campaign, should be engaged to write 15 minute speeches the candidates can give at forums. As someone above said, weed out the nutjobs and macho-flashers. Maintain a sufficient gap message-wise from the other candidates without advocating anarchy or solutions that are impossible to achieve without broad consensus among the voters. (Rome wasn’t built overnight.)
    Target resources in races where meaningful results can be achieved – knock off nasty incumbent, be balance of power, two way races against unpopular opposition, etc.

  6. Robert Capozzi

    OTOH, were I an absolutist abolitionist anarchist (Triple A), the “nutty” “outrageous” thing is the State itself. I understand that. I respect that.

    Still, I’d ask the Triple As whether their worldview is one that is likely to play in the public square. If not, perhaps they should focus their efforts on more theory-oriented audiences….

  7. Clay Barham


    A majority of Americans agreed with President Obama in 2008, that the interests of the community are more important than are the interests of the individual. As a result, a new union organizing movement has begun, creating the Community Voters Union (CVU).
    Using the popular Card Check Program, community organizers forming the CVU will bring voters into a union, simplifying their community life. When 1% of people in a region sign the CVU card checks given them at shopping malls, places of employment as well as door-to-door, the CVU will officially form. They will be responsible for voting the interests of the community. Voters need never go to the polls again. Union leaders voting the community’s interests block big-money right wing attempts to sway voters. Dues from each voter will pay the costs of this welcomed voter service. The Community Union Councils gather periodically to decide who will hold elected offices as well as new legislation and enforcement procedures. The voters in community will never again have to worry about making those choices. The President encourages voters to take advantage of the CVU so the voting process is more orderly and predictable. Because of his enormous popularity, people are rushing to obtain voting cards to sign up. CVU will usher into American Politics a glorious new day of certainty and peace in voting. Right-wing extremist critics claim the first card checks will have only names from the graveyards to establish CVU supremacy. They claim CVU is patterned after the USSR soviets, regional community voting blocs that transmit community interests to one central presidium or parliament. They are partially correct, in that the American Congress will be changed to a parliament and the Constitution set aside as a historical document only. However, only community interests are important, which assigns to the CVU the control over what was once called “private property” and bank accounts in each of the regions they control. This will assure Americans that the wealth will be spread around, as the President was so well credited in his campaign. There will no longer be term limits assigned to the office of President, only that he receives a periodic vote of confidence from the CVU. Succession falls to the choice of the President when the need arises. This, most Americans agree, is how an orderly government works. For thousands of years, orderly government rested with a sovereign, a chief of state, where family members were trained to take the reins when the need arose, so we can look to having one of Obama’s daughters rise to that leadership position.

  8. Tom Blanton

    I think the Texas LP could win this thing with a good gimmick.

    Maybe all 400 candidates should wear large white cowboy hats, refer to voters as “my little buddies”, and promise “tax cuts as big as Texas”.

  9. JRLong

    I am a citizen by birth of the United States of America. I do not like the way my Governement is doing business. It seems that no politician has heard my cry of dissatisfaction. What do I do? My votes don’t seem to count. No elected official seems to care what happens to those who feel as I do about the continual downward turn of Government. I am willing to not take my Medicare, Social Security, Military Retirement and Disabled Combat Veterans Pay to live free and not worry about the current national trends. Send me to the most desolate place in “my country” and just let me live free and independent . Let me die a free man and not tied to any self serving political figure. I have come to the end of the line. What next?

  10. Michael Seebeck

    How many of those 400 are lineholder paper candidates instead of serious campaigners?

    If all or close to the 400 are full campaigns then onward and forward full speed ahead. If not, then the number doesn’t mean much, because quality matters as much as quantity.

    Frankly, if TX was in top-two peril like CA is, then the quantity has more meaning. Without that, not so much.

  11. LibertarianGirl

    I think the top two system is a huge threat to us all . once other states catch on to that idea to get us nasty 3rd party vote stealers outa their races, we are in serious trouble!

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