Oregon Libertarian Party chair Wes Wagner has announced in IPR comments that he intends on running for chair of the Libertarian National Committee (from IPR comments):
Well I finally did it. I figured it was time to pay my dues considering that I intend to go to Vegas and run against Mr. Hinkle or any of the other Starr-cabal for chairperson.
Originally I had considered mailing in 2500 pennies in payment of my dues, in a nice flat rate US Postage box with a light activated audio player to belt out “zwanzig funfhundert Hinterpfennig” to the tune of “Neunundneunzig Luftbaloon”, but alas, I was certain the uberparliamentoonians would lay claim that it was not rendered in legal tender, so I used a credit card on the website instead.
See you all in Las Vegas!
PS: This is why we can’t have nice things.
Wagner is the chair of the Oregon LP that is currently recognized by both the State of Oregon and the LNC, but is being sued by another faction which claims to be the real Oregon LP. For background on that see IPR archives for
So far, there are no other announced candidates for national chair. It is expected that current chair Mark Hinkle will seek reelection.
Rumored candidates include current vice chair Mark Rutherford and At Large rep Kevin Knedler, who said in IPR comments that he “may” run.
George Phillies has also been a frequent candidate for national chair in the past, as has Ernest Hancock. Past comments by Dr. Phillies indicated that he was likely to run again this year, but in response to Wagner he wrote:
Congratulations on your sound decision, which I heartily endorse.
I have not yet been able to ascertain whether that means he is endorsing Wagner rather than running himself.
Of the remaining 2010 chair candidates, John Jay Myers wrote in IPR comments:
Mark Hinkle is a great chair, and I will support him again this year.
I haven’t asked Wayne Root for comment, but Knedler said in his IPR comment that Root will not run. Rutherford was Root’s running mate in 2010, so it is unlikely that they would both run.
I have not asked Hancock what his plans are.
These are all the likely/rumored candidates for national chair that I know of. Additions and corrections welcome in the comments.