LP PA State Chair Steve Scheetz Submits Election Wrap-up

This was sent to me for publication here by Mr. Scheetz, Chairman of the Libertarian Party of Pennsylvania

Libertarians in Pennsylvania have had success here in 2013 .. . In York, the incumbent had to spend $50,000 in a last ditch effort to save her job against David Moser who, together with Manuel Gomez spent less than $200 on their entire campaign! Shawn Felty WON up in Schuylkill County! Matt Shutter WON in Carbon County! Nicholas Hillman led a group in Bucks County to victory as well! Nicholas Hillman is now a judge of elections for Warminster, and in the same location, we have two inspectors of elections which puts Libertarians in charge! Brandon Magoon won a write in campaign in Erie, There were some school board victories, and I am probably missing a number more success stories!

We have had Libertarians with more than 30% of the vote, and this is saying something very positive about our candidates, and it is saying something about the R’s and D’s It is saying that money is no longer enough! Our message is gaining momentum, David Moser and Manuel Gomez are really doing an awesome job organizing the Libertarians in York, and they have such an uphill battle against that machine that is so unbelievably entrenched! Drew Bingaman ran into the same problem in Sunbury. However, this was not a defeat of Libertarians; this was a wakeup call telling us all that we need to double our efforts! We need to build the party, gain some volunteers, and go to work!

I am so proud to have been elected to serve the Libertarians in Pennsylvania, because in this capacity, I have had the privilege to see our members demonstrating that they can achieve any goal, (and this one in particular,) from so many directions. It is truly awesome to see that there are so many right ways to the correct answer!

The PEOPLE are telling us that they want something the Republicans and Democrats are not offering, and once they believe that they can elect Libertarians as opposed to the lesser evil, the entire political landscape of Pennsylvania and the rest of the United States will change!
Ladies and Gentlemen, none of us know exactly what the future holds, but more of us are beginning to see the possibility of a brighter future with the power in the hands of the people instead of an elite group who believes it knows better than the people how best to run our country. I am hopeful that future comes sooner rather than later, but I am more positive now that it will indeed come!

Sincerely,

Steve Scheetz

24 thoughts on “LP PA State Chair Steve Scheetz Submits Election Wrap-up

  1. ATBAFT

    A member of the “Modern Whig” party won election as a judge of elections in a Phila. precinct.
    The newspaper claims the “Modern Whigs” have 30,000 members nationwide and are fiscally
    conservative and socially liberal. Rather than two “third parties” competing, the LP should be trying to co-operate with other parties like these where possible.

  2. paulie

    The newspaper claims the “Modern Whigs” have 30,000 members nationwide

    They define “member” as “anyone whose email address they can get a hold of” (and perhaps, although I am not sure on the latter point, as “…and does not ask them to stop emailing them.”

    I’m pretty sure that makes me a member, although I haven’t received emails from them in quite a while, so maybe I’m a former member 🙂

    and are fiscally
    conservative and socially liberal.

    In very, very broadly defined terms, perhaps.

  3. paulie

    Rather than two “third parties” competing, the LP should be trying to co-operate with other parties like these where possible.

    In my experience there’s not very much organization to the Modern Whigs, but what exactly would you suggest the LP do? As far as I know this is the first time the Whigs have elected anyone, and judge of elections is a position that is not even elected in most states. I’m sure the Whigs are aware of the existence of the LP so if they are choosing to have a separate party there is a reason for it.

  4. ATBAFT

    If the Modern Whigs don’t really exist then it would be hard to cooperate with them. I did say “parties like these where possible” so maybe there are opportunities to work with Constitutional Party, Green Party, etc. where narrow issues might coincide.

  5. paulie

    I totally agree with cooperating where possible, and practice it. Just got back last month from successfully qualifying both the Libertarian and Green Parties in Arkansas yet again, and of course there are my activities on IPR and elsewhere online to help build coverage for and bridges between parties, etc.

    I also cooperate with big party politicians where possible. Recently at our local LP meeting we had a state legislator speak, she is the primary proponent for marijuana decrim in the legislature as well as for marriage equality (she is lesbian herself). She is a Democrat, but she said she is a lot more libertarian than people give her credit for and she took the quiz then and there and scored 80/80 libertarian, which was more libertarian on economic issues than we would have probably expected.

    We work on a lot of issue coalitions too. In PA I know the Greens and LP were working on something recently together. Against drone abuse, or NSA or something along those lines.

    Modern Whigs do exist, but saying they have 30,000 members makes them sound a lot bigger than they are, because of the way they define member. It does not mean anyone who gave them money, or did anything on their behalf, or registered to vote with them, or even asked to be considered a member. So once you look at the details of that figure it puts in a different light.

  6. Jed Ziggler (@JedZiggler)

    Last year the Modern Whig Party candidate for president, T.J. O’Hara received exactly: 1 vote.

    Just throwing that out there.

    I’ve got nothing against the Modern Whigs. I actually like a lot of what they stand for. Hell, I briefly was one. But we are two separate parties. All the best to them, though.

  7. Steve Scheetz

    I am the chairman of the third largest political party in Pennsylvania. During the past seven years or so, members within the party have gone through great lengths to change what the party is, and what is meant by “Pennsylvania Libertarian.”

    Their purpose was to grow the party by being seen as a “Big Tent” organization that was willing to be open to new ideas. The problem was that these “new” ideas were more easily found in the Republican and Democrat parties, and in the process, the LPPA sacrificed what made it attractive to its core while courting those who would never entertain a change from what they were, to what they were without primary access.

    Our party was devastated by these efforts, and in one of the last efforts made to change what the party was, certain members watered down our platform from being something that was more chapter and verse what we stood for, as a party to something that even attacked the very principles that our party was founded upon. (the NIF pledge)

    Of course, the pendulum swings to extremes from time to time, and while these efforts allowed our organization to become more open to those who were authoritative and power-hungry, the last bit served to re-energize a large number of us, and through that whole process, Pennsylvania Libertarians have worked toward repairing our platform, repairing the damage done to the party, and are working now toward the goal of demonstrating to Pennsylvania what we are all about.

    I have grown in this process personally. I have put aside my own personal goals, and have been more of a servant of the party. 2014 is going to be a great year! We will be running more candidates than ever, and we will be carrying the momentum of the work in 2013 forward with us.

    So when I read or hear people telling me, the Chairman of the third largest political party that I need to change and be more open to other people’s ideas, (and yes this does happen, now and then) I have a very firm “NO,” in response. I will work with other parties, including Dems and Repubs on the various issues, but I will not sacrifice my own principles, nor will I sacrifice the principles that make Libertarians, Libertarian!

    I welcome all to attend our meetings and functions, and I will state, clearly, that if anyone comes and hangs out with us, he/she will be persuaded that we are on the right track. Maybe not immediately, but in a short order of time, we will convert all to our way of thinking, because it is simple. Your life Your way provided it does not interfere with someone else living his/her life his/her way. That is it in a nutshell…

    Sincerely,

    Steve Scheetz

  8. Jed Ziggler (@JedZiggler)

    Keep up the good work, Steve! I’m a Pennsylvania Libertarian & I’ve been very disappointed in recent years in the mess our party became.

    FYI I may be interested in running for state house in 2014. I’ll contact if I do indeed decide to run, depends on my personal. financial situation.

  9. paulie

    Supposedly he also got a write-in vote in Alabama, but there’s no official record of it.

    That’s a long standing problem with write in votes in Alabama.

    Back to PA news, their petition threshold for 2014 looks like it will be relatively low.

  10. Matt Schutter

    Steve thanks for all you brother! I been critical of the Party in the past, but I also never gave up. For all we went through in the last 2 years I can say I AM PROUD TO BE LIBERTARIAN! Let’s keep it up in 2014 and beyond.

    In Liberty,
    Matt Schutter
    Penn Forest Auditor

  11. Steve Scheetz

    Congratulations to Herbert Ruquest and Tara Scheetz for their respective wins as auditor in Franklin County! What makes this great is that Franklin County has been dormant until David Moser of York took it upon himself to re-develop the Libertarian presence.

    He did so by RE-Energizing the Libertarian group in that county, and WOW have they been RE-Energized!!!

    Thanks to all of your efforts, you are all an inspiration!!!!!

    Sincerely,

    Steve Scheetz

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