Concerned about the growing influence of the right libertarian Mises Caucus, New Hampshire Libertarian Party chairwoman Jilletta Jarvis yesterday took the unusual step of dissolving the state party’s duly elected executive committee and replacing it with members of her choosing. She also threw out the existing party bylaws, drafted new bylaws, changed the password on social media accounts, and relocated party assets.
She posted the rationale for her moves on the New Hampshire Party website:
During the last two months I have watched a hostile take-over happen to an organization that was fighting for the equality and freedom of every individual in this state. An organization that wanted to see all people treated with respect, to have the liberty to choose freedom. I believed that with these same goals we could learn to work together.
I confess that I was wrong. I have watched secret plots occurring and been shushed about it and advised that I was simply misunderstanding, and that non-supportive behavior on my part would not be tolerated. Meanwhile, these same individuals have made public statements about their intention to rid my organization of those who had fought to build it over all these years in this state. Their strategy of so-called “bold messaging” is not designed to promote freedom and educate people on how to peacefully take back the freedoms guaranteed to them in the Constitution. Their strategy is, frankly, designed to discredit the Libertarian Party in the state and in our nation.
There is a right way to be bold. There is a right way to make demands for freedom. There is a right way to move people to want to fight for their rights. But, as humans, we are fallible and sometimes we don’t learn the lessons of history – even our own immediate history. January 6th showed us what can happen when people are riled up into a frenzy and given little direction. For the last two months, the Libertarian Party of New Hampshire has been using this strategy, the strategy of riling up mobs to frenzy and giving them no direction. These new members have stated their intention was to take us over and then move on to do the same thing in the Republican Party. While the Republican Party is my opposition, I am not willing to have this Party used to support such a goal. I am not willing to allow this Party to be turned into a force that takes apart the hard work of thousands of individuals across this country; the candidates who had to work three times as hard as their opponents just to get on the ballot, let alone win their races. These individuals deserve our respect and support, not angry mobs.
When I was elected as Chair, I was hopeful for the opportunity to grow and diversify of the Party, to build a strong core of politically motivated individuals ready to write policy proposals, testify against bills that stole the freedom of the individuals of New Hampshire, and stand up for individual rights and equality. I was enthused that there was a desire for bold messaging to promote these ideals and large committees of people ready to stand up for the individual.
While my desire for these things has not lessened, neither has the division in the Party between those who have those same goals and those who have an alternate agenda. We have always had diverse opinions in the LPNH. This is not new, but this is the first year that the distinction between them was so rigid that individuals cannot see through them to work towards a common goal.
There are now two groups in the Libertarian Party of New Hampshire where there used to be one. One group that is the Libertarian Party of New Hampshire and another that wants to work towards their vision of Liberty in a more “bold,” more bellicose manner. It is not up to me to say which of these strategies is correct, but it is my responsibility to lead my Party towards the success of the goals of both the State and National Libertarian Party.
These two internal groups refuse to work together and so, if either is to succeed, it is time to separate. Those members who wish to push for the open umbrella of the State and National Platform by seeking to promote Libertarian Candidates and fight for individual rights and equality on the state stage are invited to stay with me in the Libertarian Party of New Hampshire. Those who wish to push for goals specific to a more independent branch of libertarianism through bold social messaging are welcome to stay with the other members of the previous Executive Committee. Fighting for the rights of all individuals means fighting for your right to represent yourselves, and this is your opportunity. Start your own Party, if you wish, free from the perceived limitations of the Libertarian Party. This is your time, your best chance to seize on this opportunity. You have an amazing capacity to grow your numbers without being burdened by the constant struggle of being affiliated with a Party that does not agree with your goals or methods.
To this end, we have established a new interim set of Bylaws and Platform and instituted a new Executive Committee to work with me in the Libertarian Party of New Hampshire. To those who wish to rejoin us, previous membership payments will be honored, however there is a requirement to sign a new oath and review the interim Bylaws and Platform and affirm you can agree to abide by them.
The Libertarian Party of New Hampshire will still be the Nationally recognized Libertarian Party as I was the only unanimously elected official at our last election. As evidence, I am including a copy of a letter from the Chair of the National Executive Committee of the Libertarian Party attesting to this fact.
Out of respect for all of those who have been angered, threatened, or insulted by the Libertarian Party of New Hampshire, there will be no new Social Media posts from us for the rest of this weekend.
I thank you for your time and for all of you who wish to fight for freedom in our lifetime.
New Oath of the Libertarian Party of New Hampshire:
“I will not advocate or endorse the initiation of force as a means to achieve political or social goals. I will advocate for the freedom from oppression and coercion for all New Hampshire residents and affirm that as Libertarians we condemn bigotry as irrational and repugnant.”
In response, member Justin O’Donnell and 36 signatories filed a formal complaint with the National Party. It reads:
I’m writing to request a formal condemnation of the LNC regarding the actions of Jilletta Jarvis on the 12th of June, 2021, as well as to request formal assistance of the LNC in affirming the rights of the membership of the Libertarian Party of New Hampshire.
Mrs. Jarvis posted in her capacity as chair of LPNH, a lengthy blog post on the Party Website detailing her actions, including unilaterally dismissing the duly elected Executive Committee that was elected by membership in Convention, as well as disposing of the party’s bylaws by unilateral decree, without the support of a convention vote by party membership.
She further announced the formation of a new party, with an interim Executive committee by her appointment, and a new set of bylaws, effective immediately, without a vote of convention delegates or party members.
The blog post is viewable on the official Party Website at
As a Lifetime Member of both The Libertarian Party of New Hampshire, and The National Libertarian Party, I believe members rights were violated, as the decisions of the convention were not respected and the Chair acted unilaterally, beyond the scope of her authority, to disenfranchise membership and defraud the Members of the party by using the privilege of her elected position to change passwords of social media accounts and lock elected members of the EC out from the resources the Convention voted to entrust them with.
Furthermore, the chair acted by using a letter from the national Chair, Joe Bishop-Henchman, Jesseas justifications for her actions. This letter was dated the 7th of June, and there was no communication of it’s receipt or intended purpose to the members of the party between its writing and use as justification for the fraudulent take over of the party resources by Mrs. Jarvis. Furthermore, the physical assets of LPNH were removed from the party’s storage unit by members of the “new” committee, prior to the announcement, and Brian Shields posted on facebook that the theft of these party assets was done with the blessing and support of Mr. Bishop-Henchman. These details point to collusion with the National Chair and Mrs. Jarvis, in planning and condoning these actions. I would also request that the Membership of the LNC formally Censure Mr. Bishop-Henchman for overstepping his authority, and abusing his position to influence the internal matters of a state affiliate based on caucus grounds and affiliations.
Myself and other members of the Libertarian party of New Hampshire are hopeful that The Libertarian National Committee will act accordingly, and reaffirm that the Executive Committee duly elected by delegates at convention as the rightful governing body of The Libertarian Party of New Hampshire, alternatively, we will investigate the possibility of legal action concerning the fraud and disenfranchisement of membership should the LNC not reaffirm our affiliation.
Justin O’Donnell, Lifetime Member LP, LPNH
Joined in Signing, Additional Members of The Libertarian Party of New Hampshire.
Nolan Pelletier, Vice Chair, LPNH
Sean Brennan, Treasurer LPNH
Sean Dempsey, At Large, LPNH
Stephen Nass, At Large, LPNH
Derek Verbrugge – Theft from libertarians shows a fundamental failure to understand the principles of liberty.
Robert Lombardo, previous Treasurer, LPNH
Victoria Saucier, Lifetime Member LP, Lifetime LPNH, Bylaws Chair, Platform Chair, JC LPNH
Dr. Joshua Olitzky
Dr. Benjamin C. Richards, NHLP Judicial Committee
The Libertarian National Committee reportedly meets Tuesday and will most certainly address the changes in New Hampshire. LNC Region 2 Representative Steven Nekhaila has already expressed concern in a message to other LNC members:
This issue ought to have been brought up to the LNC and not at the unilateral discretion of the Chair. What evidence is available, from reading the LPNH text, that the EC of the LPNH are Republican operatives. Not being happy with messaging is not grounds for expelling an EC, and what grounds that there were Republican operatives in both Rules and Bylaws?
This situation raises many questions that must be addressed and investigated, appropriate actions will be taken pending the findings of an investigation.
This is an extremely disturbing development and I want answers.
Thanks to Ballot Access News for the link.