Benjamin Franklin Candidate Award

Awards 2016

2022 Award Winner: Ashley Shade

The Benjamin Franklin Candidate Award is for recognition of a very effective campaign for public office at the local level, while communicating Libertarian ideas, principles, and values. The recipient of the 2022 Benjamin Franklin Candidate Award is Ashley Shade.

Ashley Shade created history when she won the 2022 Benjamin Franklin Candidate Award for the Libertarian Party, for her incredible campaign run for North Adams City Council in Massachusetts. Her tireless campaigning has paid off and her commitment to the community is inspiring. The whole LP community is in awe of Ashley’s sheer determination and mobilization efforts that made this victory possible. It was simply a remarkable feat accomplished by Ashley and an amazing moment for the entire Libertarian Party! All of us are very excited to see more of such brilliant campaigns and results like these, in the years to come.

Past Benjamin Franklin Candidate Award Winners

2018: Jeff Hewitt
2020: Cara Schulz

Congratulations to the winners of our Presidential Debate straw poll and thank you to everyone who participated! Use the bottom below to view the results!