The below press release from the Reeves faction of the Libertarian Party of Oregon (LPO) was sent after their recent nominating convention conducted according to bylaws adopted by delegates at convention.
The Wagner faction is conducting its own nominating procedure by mail ballot in accordance with bylaws they submitted to the Oregon Secretary of State, however those bylaws were never approved by the membership. As such, the results of their mail ballot may be deemed invalid by the courts.
Each faction claims itself as the legitimate leadership of the LPO and is currently in court attempting to resolve the dispute.
The Wagner faction enjoys official recognition by the Oregon Secretary of State. The Secretary has a policy of only recognizing incoming officers if the outgoing officers inform her of a change in leadership, effectively making changes in leadership in a political party subject to a veto by the former officers. The Wagner faction has refused to inform the Secretary of State of changes in party leadership.
Both factions submitted slates of delegates at the recent national convention held in Las Vegas, where the credentials committee and the delegates chose to seat the Reeves faction.
The Reeves faction is now seeking an expedited court hearing so they can formally direct the Oregon Secretary of State to place Gary Johnson’s name on the ballot as the Libertarian Party’s nominee for President, a step which could have been legally performed as early as June 1, but which the Wagner faction has thus far not done.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE • JUNE 28, 2012
Libertarian Party nominates its first four candidates for 2012, more to come
BEAVERTON – In its first candidate nominating convention of 2012, registered Libertarian voters nominated their first four candidates to November’s general election ballot. The Libertarian Party of Oregon (LPO) plans to round out its 2012 slate through another candidate nominating convention to be held in August.
Through write-in votes, delegates took advantage of Oregon’s new fusion voting law by nominating Tom Cox for State Treasurer and James Buchal for Attorney General. The two men were also write-in candidates in the May Republican primary election and won with the assistance of Ron Paul supporters in Oregon. Both candidates will appear on the ballot as Republicans and Libertarians. While this is James Buchal’s first time as a candidate, Tom Cox ran on the Libertarian ticket for Oregon governor in 2002 and for the state legislature in 2004.
Also nominated were James Foster for Oregon’s first congressional district seat and David Terry for Oregon’s House of Representatives, District 12. Both have run for office before and are military veterans. This will be Foster’s third run for congress.
Use of fusion voting has been controversial within the Libertarian Party. In 2010, party leaders refused to sign the nomination certificates for fusion candidates who were not registered Libertarians but won the party’s nomination through write-in votes in convention. While the party’s Judicial Committee ruled that fusion nominations are not explicitly provided for in party bylaws, it stopped short of banning such nominations if won by write-in votes. LPO Chair Tim Reeves has pledged to sign the nominating certificates.
The legitimate leadership of the LPO and its governing documents are currently in dispute and is the subject of pending litigation. Those purportedly in leadership who refuse to recognize the LPO’s governing documents as adopted by members in convention are attempting to nominate candidates through a process defined by governing documents they wrote themselves.
If, as expected, the court recognizes as official the LPO as organized by its members in convention, those attempting to win the Libertarian Party’s nomination through the unauthorized process may still seek to be legitimately nominated at the planned August convention. Such a court ruling would also allow party officials to immediately file paperwork placing Gary Johnson and Jim Gray, the party’s nominees for president and vice president, on the Oregon general election ballot.
FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT:
Chair: Mr. Tim Reeves, 4278 NE Azaleast, Hillsboro, OR 97124
503-621-4932 / firstname.lastname@example.org
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