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Libertarian Party Reports Additional Victories

The Libertarian National Committee reports!  More Libertarians have been elected to public office across America:

Deborah Brandon – John Swett Unified School District Board – Contra Costa County, CA
Thomas Laehn – County Attorney – Greene County, IA
Nathan Madden – School Board – Buckeye Union High School District – Buckeye, AZ
Aron Lam – Mayor – Keenesburg, CO
Scott Boman – Detroit Community Advisory Council, District 4 – Detroit, MI
Brandon McGlone – City Council – Lancaster, KY
Bill Schult – City Council – Crescent Springs, KY
Lex Hannan – Magistrate / Justice of the Peace – Boone County, KY
Shannon Denniston – Magistrate / Justice of the Peace – Montgomery County, KY
David Harryman – Magistrate / Justice of the Peace – Montgomery County, KY
Chad Finkenbiner – City Council – Orchard Grass Hills, KY
Brandon Wright – City Council – Cave City, KY
Jeremy Dick – Board of Education – Bennington, NE
Brad Sherman – City Council – Sidney, NE
Alex Vlach – Lower Loup Natural Resources District (Subdistrict 8) – Ord, NE
Cole Brodine – School Board – Elm Creek, NE
Jeremy Westengaard – City Council Ward 4 – Gretna, NE
Stephen Coffman – Township Trustee, Liberty, ID
Terry Coffman – Township Board – Liberty, ID
Luke Jackson – School Board District 5 – Martinsville, ID
**Grant Miller – City Council – Tulsa, OK – Oklahoma requires “mathematical certainty” in order to avoid a new election. As of now, Grant is ahead by 27 votes. We anticipate a recount and a new election in February, but are optimistic about Grant’s chances!


  1. Jake Leonard Jake Leonard December 3, 2022

    —What are the legal consequences of “ballot access” as it is defined in Illinois? Remember, every state is different, so please start at the beginning.—

    George, I should have clarified this further. Per the Illinois Election Code, if a party isn’t established at the statewide level at 5%, it allows for political parties to be established at the county level if a statewide candidate gets 5% or more of the vote. It happened in McLean County in 2016 with POTUS nominee Gary Johnson with 7% of the vote. It happened again in 2018 in Kankakee County with state treasurer nominee Mike Leheney at over 5%. It just recently happened in Montgomery County with Attorney General nominee Dan Robin with a certified result of 5.29%.

    There are five other counties that were the exception, and that was due to our ballot access lawsuit in 2020, which resulted in a significant reduction of petition signatures amidst what was a shelter-in-place during the COVID pandemic. A successful lawsuit opened the door in Cook, DeWitt, McHenry, Peoria, and Tazewell counties to run countywide candidates and became established with 5% of the vote or more in their elections.

    With recognized party status comes easier ballot access petitioning requirements, which are often less than the Democrats and Republicans at the county level. But in the case of Cook County, Congressional and General Assembly districts that are exclusively within the borders of the county are fair game in 2024 going forward. Libertarians will have to collect the same number of signatures as Democrats and Republicans in those respective races. The same applies to one General Assembly district in Peoria County and another that spans across Peoria and Tazewell counties.

    Retaining such status will require getting 5% of the vote each election. McLean County has done this successfully every cycle since the 2018 election cycle and its status is currently good until 2026. Kankakee County did the same in 2020 but didn’t run a countywide candidate in 2022, meaning they will have to make an attempt in 2024. An attempt to extend said status to 2026 failed in McHenry County, so they will have to fight to retain it in 2024. Cook County has a successful year on the ballot, due to their county assessor candidate getting nearly 30% in a head-to-head race, extending their status to 2026. Due to DeWitt, Peoria, and Tazewell counties not running countywide candidates in 2022, they will have to fight to retain it in 2024. Due to Montgomery County being newly established, they have two tries to extend in both 2024 and 2026.

    It’s a good thing, because if we can’t get established statewide as a major party, then we just lock up every single county we can with such status until we have a base to establish statewide status.

  2. George Phillies George Phillies Post author | December 2, 2022

    What are the legal consequences of “ballot access” as it is defined in Illinois? Remember, every state is different, so please start at the beginning.

  3. Jake Leonard Jake Leonard December 2, 2022

    Local ballot access extended in Illinois for McLean and Cook counties.

    McLean County extended their ballot access to 2026 in the county treasurer where Charles Sila averaged out at 23.97% (averaged results from McLean County and the Bloomington Election Commission) against a Republican incumbent and no Democratic opposition.

    Cook County extended their ballot access to 2026 in the county assessor race where Nico Tsatsoulis received nearly 30% of the vote (between results from Cook County and Chicago Board of Elections) against a Democratic incumbent.

    Montgomery County became an established county for the Libertarian Party as a result of a 5.29% outcome in the Attorney General race. This established ballot access will run through 2026, maybe longer depending on electoral performance in 2024 and 2026.

    McHenry County had an unsuccessful bid to extend its ballot access. Jim Young received 3.58% of the vote in a three-way race for county treasurer. They will have another opportunity to extend ballot access in 2024.

    No countywide candidates were run in DeWitt, Kankakee, Peoria, and Tazewell in 2022, so extending ballot access in those counties will be of utmost importance in 2024.

  4. Anyone know what this is about?

    TL/DR Democrats BOAST they beat elected “highest ranking” LP public official…

    LP’s Mr. Hewitt seems to have committed seppuku?

    “…Hewitt, an unsuccessful candidate for Assembly District 42 in the June 7, 2016, Primary Election, was fined $4,923 in 2021 in connection with his failed Assembly bid.

    Also in 2021, Riverside County paid $50,000 to settle a sexual harassment claim involving Supervisor Hewitt. The county, not insurance, paid the claim. The civil claim, filed Nov. 13, was filed by a lawyer on behalf of Nasim Nicole Hamrang, a clinical therapist in the county’s behavioral health department.

    Hewitt was one of a handful of elected leaders to run in the gubernatorial recall election of Gavin Newsom. He received about 1.1% of the vote. in Riverside County.

    “Jeff Hewitt’s disastrous campaign for Governor has weakened his chances for re-election to the Board of Supervisors, assuming he even seeks re-election” Derek Humphrey, a consultant to Moreno Valley Mayor Yxstian Gutierrez, said at the time. Turns out Humprey was right…”

    In my candidate course I pound in their heads DO NOT MESS AROUND with technical requirements. Is this what really happened or is there more to the story?


  5. Ryan Ryan November 22, 2022

    Other Libertarian Party of Indiana wins including the 3 already mentioned:

    Cheryl Heacox, Clay Township Board, Wayne County
    Brian Bechtel, Tom Knueven, Dean Hartley, all for Franklin Township Board, Montgomery County (Libertarians have a 3-0 monopoly on a Township Board!)
    Stephanie Tucker, Ossian Town Council

  6. Richard Winger Richard Winger November 21, 2022

    There is a typographical error in the list. The three candidates from “Idaho” are really from Indiana. The typo is not the fault of Independent Political Report; the typo originated in the list sent out by the national office of the Libertarian Party.

  7. Ryan Ryan November 21, 2022

    Correction: Stephen and Terry Coffman that won their races in Liberty Township, Henry County, are located in Indiana, not Idaho. Both were partisan races and they were unopposed.

    There’s a 3rd Hoosier Libertarian candidate, Carrie Atkins running for Pleasant Run Township Board, Lawrence County, is currently in a tie pending a recount. It’s a race where you vote for 3, the other candidates on the ballot were 3 Republicans, and she’s in a tie for 3rd with one of them.

  8. Anastasia Beaverhausen Anastasia Beaverhausen November 20, 2022

    How many of those were partisan races?

  9. George Whitfield George Whitfield November 19, 2022

    Congratulations to these winning Libertarian candidates in 9 states and best wishes for continued success!

  10. Michael Francis Gilson ("M.G") Michael Francis Gilson ("M.G") November 19, 2022


    21 elected it appears, with LP continuing to build an expertise in city councils/mayors and now local magistrates.

    A concern: Will all this go into the void? The great weakness of US LP for years has been in not adequately:

    -Documenting the good deeds of its public officials (let alone activists) then
    -Disseminating the data as the centerpiece of its educational and candidate training mission, then
    -Development by using, also, the wins for fund-raising, ad, PR, and recruitment.

    If the current LNC wants to make a mark, it may do this…

    …and make it an independent, independently funded, regular, automatic process from debriefing to dissemination of wins.

    That is why people including the LNC think the LP has not done much whether alone or in coalition.

    They have little idea, I suspect, of past goals and no documentation (or they have it, just not looking for it in a box somewhere).

    Ralph Swanson, the late LP official historian, delivered a massive retrospective report back around 2008.

    What happened to it?

    Hope this is helpful.

    BTW–No one is keeping state LP’s from documenting either.

    Same goes for the Greens.

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