Category Archives: Libertarian Party

Libertarians File For Office in Louisiana

Louisiana Libertarian Party members have officially filed for office. Louisiana, one of two states that hold both gubernatorial and state legislative elections in odd-numbered years, has a total of ten Libertarian candidates running, with two running for state senate, four for state representative, and four more for local elections. No Libertarians filed to run for governor or any other statewide race this year.… Read more ...

wkms radio:”Meet Libertarian Candidate John Hicks, A Third Choice For Kentucky Governor”

Kentucky voters head to the polls this November to choose the state’s next set of constitutional officers, including the position of governor. While most are familiar with Republican incumbent Matt Bevin and Democratic challenger, Attorney General Andy Beshear, some may not be aware of a third option: Libertarian candidate, business consultant John Hicks.… Read more ...

Justin Amash Leaves Republican Party

On July 4th, 2019, better known as Independence Day, Representative Justin Amash announced and declared his independence from the Republican Party through an op-ed in The Washington Post. He becomes the only independent member of the United States House of Representatives this Congress. This is likely to have little effect on voting and the balance of power in the 116th Congress.… Read more ...

Libertarian PAC Recruiting Virginia Candidates

After a five year hiatus, the Libertarian Booster PAC is operational again and recruiting candidates in several Virginia races.

Although 2019 isn’t normally thought of as an election year, Virginia elects House of Delegate members (equivalent to a state house of representatives) every odd year and its Senate is elected every four years.… Read more ...

Lincoln Chafee Joins Libertarian Party

Lincoln Chafee, the former senator and governor of Rhode Island, has joined the Libertarian Party.

First reported by the Boston Globe, Lincoln Chafee has reportedly made a move from Rhode Island to Wyoming and registered Libertarian in the process. When asked about whether he would run for some office in the future under the Libertarian Party label, Chafee was non-committal.… Read more ...

Howie Hawkins 2020 and Third Party Presidential Nominations

On May 28th Green Party founder and Perennial New York Candidate Howie Hawkins announced he’d run for the Green Party Presidential Nomination, later that same day the official Green Party twitter made a now deleted post commemorating his entry into the race. Immediately afterwards another Green Party Presidential Candidate, Ian Schlakman, immediately questioned the tweet calling to the attention the fact that they did not do so for the other Green Party Presidential Candidates.… Read more ...

Libertarian Party Makes A Financial Turnaround

The Libertarian National Committee, based on recent Federal Election Committee (FEC) reports, appears to have made a financial turnaround.

The Libertarian National Committee, also known as the LNC, ended 2018 with $13,728 in cash on hand and almost $150,000 in debt and obligations owed to other entities. These debts included more than $50,000 owed to the Hyatt Regency in New Orleans for the 2018 convention, $27,702 to Blackbaud for the annual licensing of software used by the LNC, and various other debts owed to 18 other vendors and contractors.… Read more ...

Utah Libertarians Elect New Officers

 

At a convention held on Saturday 20 April 2019 (yes, on 420), the Utah Libertarian Party elected the following new officers:

Amber Christiansen Beltran, Chair
Barry Short, Vice Chair (reelected)
Taylor Smith Pazell, Treasurer
Susan Baird, Secretary

Amber becomes the second female chair of the UTLP.

Our (not entirely complete nor fully reliable) records indicate past UTLP Chairs are as follows:

Karl Bray – 1972 – 1973 (deceased, 1978)
George Chapman – 1973 – 1981
Steve Trotter – 1981 – 1983
Hugh Butler – 1983 – 1985 (also served as LNC Treasurer 1993 to 1998 and LNC Vice Chair 1998 to 2000)
Bob Waldrop – 1985 – 1989
Doug Jones – 1989 – 1991
Jim Billingsley – 1991 – 1992
Amy Lassen – 1992 – 1993
Jim Elwell – 1993 – 1995
Jim Lorenz – 1995 – 1996 (deceased 2010)
Jim Dexter – 1996 – 2001
Gene Linder – 2001 – 2002
Cabot Nelson – 2002 – 2003
Fran Tully – 2003 – 2005
Rob Latham – 2005 – 2008
W.… Read more ...

Interview with Richard Lamm, former Governor and 1996 Reform Party Primary Candidate

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I was surprised and offended. He had said to me directly that he was not going to run.… Read more ...

Libertarian Party of Arkansas 2019 convention liveblog

I’m here on the ground and the liveblog, as usual, will be in the comments. As always others are welcome and encouraged to join me in covering the convention. There are probably other state LP conventions in other states this weekend; I don’t know off hand which states but if someone wants to provide updates from any such conventions feel free to use this thread or make or request your own.… Read more ...

Steven Nekhaila running for Libertarian Party of Florida chair

Last week I reported that Jon-luc Tesky is running for LPF chair. There is at least one other candidate, current LPF treasurer and LNC region rep Steven Nekhaila (via FB):

A question I get asked often is, Steven, if you are elected Chairman who will serve as Treasurer?

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Jon-Luc Tesky running for Libertarian Party of Florida chair

Jon-Luc Tesky via FB:

Today April 1, 2019, I announce my candidacy for Chair of the Libertarian Party of Florida. We are at a crossroads. In 2014 and 2016, we had statewide candidates, we had a growing membership, and we were politically relevant. In 2017, Marcos Miralles was elected Chair, and reversed our course.

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