Author Archive | Bob Johnston

View of TV screen with Elinor Swanson wearing blue blazer red blouse, studio backdrop is abstract large US flag, label on TV screen 'Elinor Swanson' and 'L-U.S. House candidate' (color image)

Libertarian candidate for U.S. House in Montana participates in three-way televised debate

Elinor Swanson, the Libertarian candidate for U.S. House in Montana, participated in a debate held by the Montana Television Network on September 30. Also debating were incumbent Republican Greg Gianforte and Democrat Kathleen Williams. Moderator Tim McGonigal had the candidates explain their positions on gun control, tax cuts and deficit spending, health care, the media, […]

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Jeff Caldwell

Kansas governor candidate promotes cannabis legalization, small government

Jeff Caldwell The Emporia Gazette ran a feature story on Libertarian Jeff Caldwell’s bid for governor of Kansas. Here, we excerpt from the article, “Caldwell favors legal cannabis, small government,” by Lydia Kautz (July 17, 2018): Libertarian candidate for Governor Jeff Caldwell grew up in the Kansas City area and has spent almost his entire […]

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Mark Tippetts

Libertarian candidates to appear on panel at Texas Tribune Festival

Three notable Libertarian candidates will be speaking at the Texas Tribune Festival in Austin on Sept. 28. The Texas Libertarian Party’s gubernatorial candidate, Mark Tippetts, the Libertarian candidate for U.S. Senate in Indiana, Lucy Brenton, and Libertarian National Committee Chair Nicholas Sarwark, who is running for mayor of Phoenix, Arizona, will be participating in a […]

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Rod Hanscomb

Libertarian for governor on Connecticut ballot for first time in 20 years

For the first time since 1998, the Connecticut Libertarian Party (LPCT) will have a candidate for governor on the ballot this November, as they were notified that their petition effort for Rod Hanscomb was successful. In addition, candidates for all statewide offices were included on the petition, and the party can run candidates for each […]

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Larry Sharpe

It’s official: Libertarian candidates will appear on New York ballot

Larry Sharpe and five other Libertarian Party (LP) candidates from New York will appear on the ballot this November, as the period to challenge their petitions has passed without interruption. From the press release issued by LP New York on September 5: Libertarian Party of New York Chairman Jim Rosenbeck announced today that despite two […]

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Brian Luke wearing suit and tie, standing in front of a concrete-block wall, smiling, head tilted (black and white photo)

Luke for Congress wins recount, advances to November ballot in Washington

A recount for the second congressional district’s top-two primary race in Washington state confirms that Libertarian candidate Brian Luke has finished second, and will appear on the November general election ballot against incumbent Democrat Rick Larsen. This is the first time in any top-two election nationwide in which an alternative party’s candidate has advanced to […]

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LIbertarian Party of Nevada

Nevada becomes fourth Libertarian state affiliate to exceed 1% of voter registration

For the first time in party history, the number of Nevadans registered to vote as Libertarians exceeds 1 percent of the state’s total voter registration. Therefore, the Libertarian Party (LP) of Nevada will retain ballot access as long as it maintains its share of at least 1 percent of the registered voters, in which case […]

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Travis Irvine

Travis Irvine for governor heading up slate of 22 Ohio Libertarian campaigns

The Libertarian Party of Ohio is running 22 candidates statewide in this November’s election, following the state’s restoring last month of their status as a party. WOSU 89.7 FM radio, the NPR affiliate in Columbus, reported on the party’s selection of the candidates, led by Travis Irvine, running for governor, and Todd Grayson, running for […]

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Libertarian Party appoints Lafrance as interim county commissioner in Maine

In July, Libertarian Zachery Maher took the job of town manager in Mechanic Falls, Maine, so he resigned from his role as Androscoggin County commissioner. The Libertarian Party had the prerogative to choose Maher’s interim replacement, and Libertarian Ray Lafrance, formerly a town selectman and captain in the sheriff’s office, accepted the party’s appointment. This […]

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Brian Luke wearing suit and tie, standing in front of a concrete-block wall, smiling, head tilted (black and white photo)

Recount: Washington Libertarian vying for top-two position in U.S. House election

A recount is taking place to determine who finished second in the Aug. 7 top-two election for the U.S. House second district race in Washington. As of Aug. 21, Brian Luke, the Libertarian Party candidate, is in second place out of the six candidates, 66 votes ahead of the third-place challenger, Gary Franco, an independent. […]

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Roger Barris wearing black shirt with open collar, smiling broadly and looking at the viewer, Colorado state flag in background (color photo)

Reporter-Herald: Barris advocates Libertarian reforms in race for U.S. House in Colorado

Libertarian Party [LP] candidate Roger Barris was interviewed for the Loveland Reporter-Herald on his race for Colorado’s second congressional district. From the feature story, “Colorado 2nd Congressional District candidate Roger Barris advocates Libertarian reforms,” by Julia Rentsch (July 15): For Roger Barris, the Libertarian Party candidate running in Colorado’s 2nd Congress District this November, winning […]

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Gary Johnson wearing grey suit blue tie speaking at microphone at national Libertarian Party convention in 2016 (color photo)

Former N.M. governor and Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson running for U.S. Senate

Libertarian Party (LP) presidential candidate Gary Johnson (2012, 2016) accepted the New Mexico LP’s nomination on Aug. 13 for the U.S. senate race there. Johnson will be going up against incumbent Democrat Martin Heinrich and Republican challenger Mark Rich. Among the many media outlets covering the news of the nomination were the Santa Fe New […]

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