I will interview Mik Robertson tomorrow night on IPR Radio at 9:00 EST.
Mik Robertson is the Chairman of the Libertarian Party of Pennsylvania. He has served in several local offices, including Chair of the Licking Township Board of Supervisors and Vice-Chair of of the Clarion County Sewage Association. In addition, he has run for elected office several times, including runs for the State House and Senate.… Read more ...
HARRISBURG, Pa. – Every third party or independent candidate who filed for statewide office this year has been removed from the ballot in a blatant display of intimidation. Organizers from several political parties and voter rights organizations held a press conference, August 23, to explain what happened and why.
When threatened with a legal challenge to the signatures on the nominating petitions, third party candidates do not have the necessary funds to fight back, said Bonita Hoke, executive director of the non-partisan League of Women Voters of Pennsylvania.
“It is all too easy for major party candidates, with access to large sums of money, to successfully challenge the nomination petitions of minor party candidates who may lack the resources needed to defend their candidacy and pay the fines if the challenge is successful,” said Ms.
All three Libertarian Party nominees for statewide office in Pennsylvania abandoned their bids for the fall ballot today, leaving no third-party opposition to the Republican and Democratic candidates for governor and U.S. Senate.
Filing papers to withdraw were York lawyer Marakay Rogers, a perennial candidate who was running for governor; political newcomer Douglas Jamison, an engineer running for Senate; and Kat Valleley, a Bucks County homemaker seeking to become lieutenant governor.
…in this year’s race for governor, the lineup of candidates who have apparently qualified for the ballot suggests a scenario that could, in a tight race, hurt the Republican front-runner, Attorney General Tom Corbett.
In addition to his Democratic opponent, Allegheny County Executive Dan Onorato, the ballot will include Marakay Rogers, the Libertarian Party candidate, and John Krupa, running under the banner of the tea party…
Libertarian Party candidates are submitting nominating petitions to run for Pennsylvania governor and for the U.S. Senate seat currently held by Arlen Specter.
A Department of State spokeswoman said Monday that Libertarian Douglas Jamison submitted enough signatures to make the ballot for Senate, while fellow party member Marakay Rogers has enough signatures to quality for the governor’s race.
I just got off the phone with Marakay Rogers. This information is based on the math she did for her race yesterday. The vote totals for the Pennsylvania races can be found: here.*
In Pennsylvania, in order to gain “minor party status” for the next two years, a party must receive 2% of the vote related to the statewide candidate on the ballot that year with the highest vote totals.… Read more ...
from Ballot Access News
Libertarian Party Has Statewide Nominee on Pennsylvania 2009 Judicial Election
October 3rd, 2009
Pennsylvania voters elect Supreme Court Justices, and Superior Court judges, on November 3, 2009, in partisan elections. The Libertarian Party has one nominee on the ballot for Superior Court Judge, Marakay Rogers. This is the first time a minor party or independent candidate has appeared on the statewide ballot in Pennsylvania in an odd year since 1993.
The Pennsylvania Libertarian Party “has rounded out its list of candidates for the top of the ticket in this year’s election,” and “substituted candidates for several who qualified for the ballot by the Aug. 8 deadline but later withdrew,” the AP reports. Green Party 2006 gubernatorial candidateMarakay Rogers is the LP candidate for attorney general, while Berlie Etzel is running for treasurer and Betsy Summers for auditor general.… Read more ...