There were some positive results for Libertarians in the elections yesterday. I expect that this article will be updated a few times, but I’m posting the names of the successful candidates that I’ve been able to learn about so far. Please leave a note in comments here or send me a message via my Facebook account to advise me of anyone I’ve missed, and I’ll gladly add the name.
Special congratulations goes out to the Libertarian Party of Pennsylvania . I’ve learned of 5 winners so far!
Connecticut: Sean Foley Burlington Board of Finance
Connecticut: Joshua Katz* Westbrook Planning Commission
Georgia: Brett Bittner Reelected to the Marietta School Board
Georgia: Walter Reynolds Milledgeville City Council
Georgia: Karen Richardson Johns Creek City Council
Iowa: Roger Fritz Mayor of Roland
Michigan: Erwin Haas Kentwood City Commissioner
Michigan: Andy LeCureaux Re-elected to the Hazel Park City Council
North Carolina: Matt Hoerner Hope Mills Board of Commissioners (He is unable to kep this position due to a move to Korea. See previous IPR article)
Pennsylvania: Mamie Barker Bucks County Judge of Elections Warminster District 4
Pennsylvania: Andy Edmonds North Codorus Auditor
Pennsylvania: Shawn Felty** Borough Council of Cressona, PA, Schuylkill County
Pennsylvania: Nicholas Hillman Judge of Elections, Buck County
Pennsylvania: Dominic Hughes Judge of Elections Warminster District 4
Pennsylvania: Brandon Magoon Inspector of Elections, Erie County (Write-in Candidate)
Pennsylvania: Garry Marr Inspector of elections in Northumberland County!
Pennsylvania: Matt Schutter Penn Forest Township Auditor
Pennsylvania: Betsy Summers Luzerne County Judge of Elections, Johns Creek City Council
* I was sent this write-up of Josua’s campaign by Dr. Marc Guttman:
“I came in first in a 3-way race today for Planning Commission, by several hundred votes. Out of the 3, there were 2 spots. The D had to win for reasons related to CT law, so it was head to head between me and the R. Before the election, the Republicans had a majority on the commission (3/2). Now, the commission is split 2/2/1, giving me the swing vote on any party-line vote and the most powerful voting position in the commission. My R opponent admitted a week ago that she expected to lose due to my greater organization and campaigning. I went door to door, she didn’t. I placed several LTTE, 1 from a prominent Democrat and one from a student, as well as one from me (which correctly identified me as a Libertarian.) I was the only candidate who responded to the local paper’s voter guide, and received a fair amount of mention in newspaper articles on the election. The GOP took control of every other board and commission in the town this year, making this quite a year to wrest control of a board from them and to oust a long-serving popular incumbent. In Westbrook, a libertarian moment has arrived, and a revolution is underway. I worked to show voters that the freedom philosophy has practical meaning – it means more local business, more diversity of business offered, less aid to corporations, and more protection for small business from attempts to regulate them out of existence. Voters responded.In total, I visited 60% of homes in the district, ignoring registration status. We have same-day registration, so I saw no reason to limit campaigning to those who are registered to vote.”
** I was sent this announcement of Shawn Felty’s win by Joe Reppert:
The Libertarian Party of Schuylkill County is proud to announce the election of our elected chairman Shawn Felty to a seat on Borough Council of Cressona PA. Shawn is the first candidate nominated by our committee to an elected office.
We had our first formal meeting on Sunday, February 24, 2013 and 4 members present. We’ve come a long way in that short time. We have since gained 14 members, formed an independent county committee, and gained statewide recognition as well as a seat on the executive committee of the Libertarian Party of Pennsylvania.
We started our local group in response to the encroachment on civil liberties we see going on nationwide as well as locally. In addition to what we perceive as a growing assault on private property rights and financial malfeasance of some of our elected officials. We are concerned about the massive national debt and lack of a balanced budget and crippling budget deficits, which currently exceed even our entire national GNP. We feel these trends must be reversed if we are ever to see genuine national prosperity in the US in our lifetimes.
We also wish to thank the voters of Cressona for their support in electing our nominee, without them this would not be possible. We are deeply honored and humbled by their vote of confidence in electing our chairman Shawn Felty to a seat on Cressona Borough Council.
For more information on the LPSC please visit our Facebook page at Libertarian Party of Schuylkill County or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Shawn can also be reached at 570-294-9353. To learn more about the Libertarian Party of Pennsylvania please visit http://www.lppa.org/
The Libertarian Party has released the complete election results for November 5, 2013. You can find the information here .