Former Coast Guard Officer Ken Armstrong withdrew from the race for the Libertarian Party’s presidential nomination Wednesday with the emergence of Congressman Justin Amash as a contender. Armstrong has now launched a campaign for the vice presidential nomination.
Known for his booming voice on the campaign trail, Armstrong, who previously served as executive director of Habitat for Humanity in Hawaii, and as a member of the Honolulu County Neighborhood Board, took his libertarian message to various debates and party meetings. Lacking an extensive online presence, Armstrong’s campaign faded as the coronavirus pandemic shut down campaign opportunities in meatspace. He has now updated his official Twitter account to reflect his vice presidential ambitions.
The withdrawal leaves Amash, 2012 vice presidential nominee Judge Jim Gray, Future of Freedom Foundation president Jacob Hornberger, 1996 vice presidential nominee Jo Jorgensen, antiwar activist Adam Kokesh, former Libertarian National Committee vice chair Arvin Vohra, performance artist Vermin Supreme, software engineer Dan Behrman, and former Grady County (Georgia) NAACP president John Monds as the remaining candidates for the presidential nomination.
Others who have announced their intention to seek the vice presidential nomination include 2018 New York gubernatorial candidate Larry Sharpe (Gray’s running mate), businessman John McAfee (Kokesh’s running mate), podcaster Spike Cohen (Supreme’s running mate), and 2008 Boston Tea Party vice presidential nominee Tom Knapp (link). Libertarian National Committee chair Nick Sarwark is rumored to be a potential candidate as a running mate for Amash.
The Libertarian Party will nominate candidates for president and vice president at its national convention, currently scheduled for May 21–25 in Austin. This will likely change as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. The party will decide what to do about its national convention at a Zoom conference later today.