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

Rod Hanscomb portrait - wearing blue shirt and tie, eyeglasses, smiling, seated (color photo)

Rod Hanscomb, the 2018 Libertarian candidate for governor of Connecticut

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 of those seats.

To qualify a gubernatorial candidate for the ballot, the party needed to submit at least 7,500 valid signatures from registered Connecticut voters. Their team collected and submitted more than 11,000 signatures, and 7,658 were deemed valid.

The last Libertarian candidate for governor to appear on the Connecticut ballot was Ned Vare.

“For the first time in 20 years, citizens of the state of Connecticut can vote for no income tax, no tolls, and keeping their hard-earned money in their wallets,” said LPCT Chair Dan Reale, himself a candidate for U.S. House in Connecticut’s 2nd district.

Five other Libertarians will appear along with Hanscomb and Reale on the Connecticut ballot this November:

  • Lieutenant Governor: Jeffrey Thibeault
  • U.S. Senate: Richard Lions
  • Connecticut Secretary of State: Heather Gywn
  • State Assembly, District 65: Kent Johnson
  • State Assembly, District 83: Roger Misbach

Each of these candidates who receives at least 1 percent of the vote will retain the Libertarian Party’s ballot access for that race in 2022.

Learn more about Rod Hanscomb’s campaign for governor at

Learn more about the work of LP Connecticut at

Nationwide, approximately 800 Libertarians are running for office to give voters more choice this fall. Learn more about these candidates at

As of Sept. 14, the LP has ballot access in 47 states plus the District of Columbia. Learn more about our ongoing efforts to attain and preserve ballot access in every state, at