The Libertarian Party of Oregon (LP Affiliate) Responds to “Libertarian Party of Oregon” (PAC) on Nominating Conventions

LP-OregonThe PAC in Oregon identified as the Libertarian Party of Oregon published a recent notice concerning nominating conventions for the general election in November. A copy of this correspondence will be placed at the end of this article.

In response, the Chair of the official LP affiliate in Oregon, The Libertarian Party of Oregon, Lars Hedbor, provided this statement to IPR:

Once again, the GOP-affiliated “Libertarian” PAC of Oregon is purporting to hold nominating conventions for candidates they claim will be placed on the ballot for the general election in November. As in the past two cycles, they are peddling the fantasy that the “dispute” (their failed hostile takeover attempt through the courts) will be “rectified” in time for their slate of nominees to be placed on the ballot. (Never mind that they lost the court case, and even if the appeals court found in their favor, it would only send the case back to district court for a decision on the merits; there is no reason to believe that their scenario would play out by August, as they claim.)

While a handful of GOP operatives and misled libertarians may meet at Richard Burke’s office to choose candidates who will, sadly, not thereby be placed on the general election ballot, the Libertarian Party of Oregon is already ahead of our goal to run a record-setting number of candidates this fall, with our nominating primary election taking place in May. The LPO is moving on with the business of running a political party in Oregon, instead of trying to resurrect up the old private-membership club that our voters rejected by a 98% margin, years ago.

We invite any Libertarian candidates who want to run for office to contact us ahead of the filing deadline on Friday, the 22nd of April, to be sure that you are listed on the primary ballot.

Notice from the PAC:

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12 thoughts on “The Libertarian Party of Oregon (LP Affiliate) Responds to “Libertarian Party of Oregon” (PAC) on Nominating Conventions

  1. George Phillies

    Saw post on Facebook from someone wanting to go to NatCon as an LP Oregon delegate. Explained they had voted not to send a delegation.

  2. Wes Wagner

    I ran to the store to get popcorn for later. A little birdy told me Caryn is waiting for some official comments on something tangentially related.

  3. Richard P. Burke


    The other side has not “won” in court, if “winning means prevailing on the merits. Our court case was dismissed not because of the merits, but because the court said it did not have jurisdiction. The court wanted the LP to decide the matter internally.

    Since then, the LP national Judicial Committee has rescinded it’s decision of 2011, explicitly restoring as valid the 2011 LNC resolutions supporting our position and, underscored by it’s February clarification, making it clear that our bylaws and leadership are legitimate.

    While Nick Sarwark refuses to abide by these resolutions and rulings by pointing the national website and data dumps to the legitimate leadership, he does so unilaterally without authorization from the bylaws to override LNC policies and Judicial Committee rulings.

    The Oregon Sec. of State deferred to Wagner, as the “Chair of Record” as of March 31, 2011, only because the 2011 Judcomm Decision asked the Secretary of State decide a matter it already refused to adjudicate. With the new Judicial Committee ruling, nominees from our convention will have standing to go to the Secretary of State to have their Certificates of Nomination accepted.

    Richard P. Burke, Secretary
    Libertarian Party of Oregon

  4. Kyle Markley

    By the date of the PAC’s first convention (May 15), ballots for the real LPO primary will already have been mailed. Any Oregon Libertarian interested in becoming a candidate could much more easily write themselves in on their ballot than attend the “nominating” convention.

    I think it is very dishonest that the PAC’s letter does not mention the fact that they do not have ballot access, or that their attempted nominations in 2014 were rejected by the Secretary of State’s office.

  5. Lars D. H. Hedbor

    Relying on the judgement of the LNC JudComm (that had no apparent standing to re-open consideration of the matter, and was packed with Wagner’s opponents) as the basis for an argument to overturn the expressed will of the Libertarian voters of the State of Oregon really tells you most everything you need to know about the GOP-affiliated “Libertarian” PAC of Oregon.

    For Oregon Libertarians who want to be on the ballot in November, joining our record-breaking slate of candidates, as Mr. Markley points out, participation couldn’t be easier.

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  7. Richard P. Burke

    You will note that we have two candidate nominating conventions scheduled. They will take place on May 15 and August 7. The August 7 was scheduled for two reasons: 1) To offer a “Last Chance” opportunity to find more candidates and, 2) In the event the legal situation changes, the “winners” of the illegitimate mail ballot will be able to legitimately secure their nominations (provided nominees do not already exist for their respective positions).

    I also remind everyone that it is disingenuous to say that the Wagner/Hedbor leadership group represents the will of Libertarian voters in Oregon. To make this claim they rely on a mail ballot, not held within the construct of our governing documents, in which the opposition did not participate. If the Libertarian electorate knew what happened, it isn’t beyond the pale to suggest that they would have a different opinion.

    Also, it is worth pointing out that, based on the September 2015 Judicial Committee ruling, and the January clarification, the Epstein/Reeves officer group represents the legitimate leadership of both PACs and that the Wagner/Hedbor officer group holds power by means of fraudulent campaign documents which purported that they were still the LPO’s leaders after their terms of office ended on May 21, 2011.

    Richard P. Burke, Secretary
    Libertarian Party of Oregon

  8. A Word A Day

    Pretender – “one who maintains a claim that he is entitled to a position of honour or rank, which may be occupied by an incumbent (usually more recognised), or whose powers may currently be exercised by another person or authority.”

  9. Fred

    Mr. Burke is correct, the Libertarian Party of Oregon relied on a mail ballot (sent to all the registered a Libertarians in Oregon) to decide the fate of the party.
    They did not follow the bylaws of the elitist LPO PAC that he controls with a dozen of his faithful allies and subordinates.

  10. Wes Wagner


    I take issue with your use of the words “dozen” and “faithful” – there are not that many and if there ever was, they lost faith.

  11. Marcus Rodgers

    Look fellas, this isn’t the time to be messing around. Folks want an alternatinve to the plastic corporate puppet democrats and republicans. You are all needing to get out who ever is having our values show up on the ballot and that is about it. I am sitting here now in my office checking this website for who I should vote for because no libratarian candidates are on this ballot. you both shoud just have a voters guide for folks to check to write people in as a last resort.

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