Virginia Libertarian Party Nominates Cliff Hyra for Governor

Ballot Access News:

On May 6, the Virginia Libertarian Party held a state convention and nominated Cliff Hyra for Governor. See this story. Because the Virginia Libertarian Party has never been ballot-qualified, it must submit 10,000 signatures to put him on the ballot. The petition drive had been underway for several weeks and is expected to succeed. The signatures are due in June 2017.

In 2013, the Libertarian Party also petitioned for Governor, and polled 6.55% for that office. In every other state that has a vote test except Alabama, Hawaii, Indiana, Kentucky, New Jersey, and Washington, 6.55% for Governor would have been enough to create or maintain a ballot-qualified party. However, the Virginia vote test is 10%.

If the Libertarian petition succeeds, the party will have been on the ballot two elections in a row for Governor. No other minor party has managed to be on the ballot for Virginia Governor, two elections in a row, since the Socialist Party was on in 1953, 1949, 1945, and 1941. Back then the petition for that office, for independent candidates and the nominees of unqualified parties, was only 250 signatures.

In IPR comments on a prior post, Matt Cholko provides some additional details from the 2017 LPVA special convention:

Bill Redpath elected Vice-Chairman
Rick Caldwell elected Secretary
Matt Cholko appointed to Platform Committee
Somebody that I cannot remember appointed to Credentials committee

We do not normally hold conventions in odd numbered years, unless we have a candidate to nominate. This year, since we have a governor candidate, we used the convention as an opportunity to fill some vacancies on the State Central Committee, and to elect, rather than have the SCC appoint, our representatives on those national committees.

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