Michael Badnarik, the 2004 presidential nominee of the Libertarian Party, passed away shortly after celebrating his 68th birthday at his San Antonio home.
In a post on his official website before his death, Badnarik discussed his vibrant life and displayed an awareness of his inevitable passing. Badnarik had experienced health issues for several years. Services have not been announced but an additional post with more information is expected to be released.
Badnarik was born in Hammond, Indiana. He attended college at Indiana University. He was a passionate advocate for liberty and involved himself in several projects, including organizing a mentoring service and being an early endorser of the Free State Project. Badnarik also wrote a series of books.
Badnarik was a state and national candidate for office, running for Texas House Districts 47 and 48 in 2000 and 2002, respectively. He would run for and win the Libertarian Party presidential nomination in 2004, defeating other candidates at the convention including Gary Nolan and Aaron Russo. Badnarik would place fourth in the general election and earn just under 400,000 votes.
Badnarik would run once more for Congress in Texas in the following election cycle, raising close to $450,000 and earning four percent of the vote.
In his post discussing his life, Badnarik wrote to friends and supporters to “[N]ot mourn my death. Instead, celebrate the wonderful life I lived. If you are going to remember me, please remember me as a man of honor and integrity.” You can read the original post here.