LP Monday Message: Libertarian candidates on November 2009 ballot

October 26, 2009

Dear Friend of Liberty,

This coming November 3 is Election Day in many places throughout the U.S. Since it’s an odd-numbered year, there are relatively few races. Nevertheless, dozens of Libertarians are on the ballot for various positions.

While you may not live in a place with a Libertarian on the ballot, perhaps you’ve got friends or family who live where one of our Libertarians are on the ballot. If so, I hope you’ll encourage them to vote for the Libertarian candidates in their area.

You can view our list of Libertarians in upcoming 2009 races.

Only two states have gubernatorial elections in 2009 (New Jersey and Virginia). Ken Kaplan is the New Jersey Libertarian Party gubernatorial candidate.

Last week we posted an entry on our blog about Matt Drew, who is in a run-off for Durham City Council in North Carolina. He placed second in a five-way primary on October 6.

I am especially thankful for every Libertarian candidate who throws their hat in the ring and runs for office. In some cases Libertarian candidates do win and have the opportunity to directly implement libertarian policies. Usually our wins come in small towns or small jurisdictions where there aren’t too many voters and a candidate can campaign door-to-door.

On the other hand, many of us live in large cities where winning isn’t feasible in the short term. Nevertheless, every Libertarian on the ballot helps to publicize the Libertarian Party and our ideals, and helps build the party for future races.

I’ve run for office five times myself. As Executive Director of the Libertarian Party of Texas, I helped get a record 173 candidates on the November 2008 ballot in Texas. As your national Executive Director, I’m looking forward to recruiting an army of candidates across the country for the November 2010 mid-term elections.

I hope you’ll visit our website and make a contribution to help us prepare for the upcoming 2009 and 2010 elections.


Wes Benedict
Executive Director
Libertarian National Committee

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