Independent Arkansas on how Libertarians can maintain ballot access blog:

Mark West

If the 2018 gubernatorial candidate for the Libertarian Party of Arkansas receives at least 3 percent of the vote, the party will retain ballot access for the first time in its history. An Aug. 2 article by Independent Arkansas highlights the campaign of Mark West, a potential LPAR candidate for governor in 2018, and explains the importance of that percentage threshold.

“In some states, including Maine and Vermont, voters recently have elected non-major party candidates to major offices,” author Steve Brawner writes. “But at the state and national levels, Arkansas is a Republican state except in those pockets where it’s solidly Democratic.”

Brawner continues, “Still, elections aren’t simply about picking winners and losers. They’re also a conversation about what government should look like. Libertarians are the party of not just less government, but much less. As West pointed out, he’ll be the opposition candidate making the case against Arkansas Works, the program using federal dollars to purchase private health insurance for lower-income Arkansans. [Republican Gov. Asa] Hutchinson embraces it while seeking to shrink it; the Democrat will surely support it wholeheartedly. West also will be the candidate arguing for the fullest gun carry rights in a very pro-gun state. Ultimately, he would cut government far more than Republicans and Democrats would, and more than many voters would as well.”

West ran for the U.S. House first district for the LPAR in 2016, getting 24 percent of the vote in a two-way race.

2 thoughts on “Independent Arkansas on how Libertarians can maintain ballot access

  1. Richard Winger

    The last Arkansas gubernatorial race, in 2014, had 4 candidates on the ballot. The Libertarian got 1.92% and the Green got 1.15%.

  2. George Dance

    You know, it might be time to run a ‘homegrown’ libertarian ticket in 2020. One thing Johnson and Weld undeniably accomplished is to get the LP into the mainstream media in 2016; because of that, the party will be covered as much if not more in 2019 and 2020 simply for being there.

    The LP has a reputation for being predominantly a group of white males. It would be a dramatic symbol, and a worthy hook for the media to write about, for it to shed that by nominating a ticket without any; either Ruwart/Sharpe or Sharpe/Ruwart.

    In fact, a Sharpe-Ruwart contest for the nomination might even be worthy in itself, as an LP version of the famed Clinton-Obama contest.

    Of course, it would make Ruwart more credible if she were to pick up some political experience, by running for something in 2018. Running for POTUS is not an entry-level job.

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