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The Libertarian Party: The Party of Principle

Founded in 1971, the Libertarian Party is the third-largest and fastest-growing party in the United States, and the only party that respects people as unique and responsible individuals. Libertarians oppose any government interference into people’s personal, family, and business decisions. Our guiding principle — the nonaggression principle — is that all people should be free to live their lives and pursue their interests as they see fit, as long as they impose no force or fraud on others.

The Libertarian Party platform illustrates how we would apply that nonaggression principle of “live and let live” to ongoing public policy challenges.


The Libertarian Party: Taking Action

 

We run candidates for office at all levels of government.

The Libertarian Party runs hundreds of candidates in every election cycle, at every level of public office. In 2018, we ran 833 candidates nationwide, which represents a nearly 40 percent increase over 2016. These candidates, from a wide range of local and state positions to the U.S. presidency, each helps to give individual liberty a voice.

In the 2018 midterm elections, 55 Libertarians were elected. As of February 2019, there are 180 Libertarians holding elected offices — 56 in partisan positions and 124 nonpartisan.

In 2020, Libertarian Party members will have the opportunity to choose our presidential nominee at our convention of delegates, to be held in Austin, Texas, on May 21–25, 2020.

Nationwide ballot access: We fight for voters to have a choice besides the two dominant parties.

Ballot access

Ballot access is one of the most critical functions of the national party. Every cycle, the Libertarian Party works hard to get our candidates on as many ballots across the country as we can.

We emerged from 2018 with the highest ballot access that any alternative party has achieved at this stage in the election cycle since 1914. As of Dec. 17, 2018, we had secured ballot access for our 2020 presidential ticket in 33 states and the District of Columbia (view map).

Our goal is for the voters of every state to see the Libertarian presidential and vice-presidential nominees on their ballot in 2020 — and beyond.
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Joe Bishop-Henchman is the current Chair of the Libertarian Party, elected on 11 July 2020. Prior to that, he served as an at-large member of the Libertarian National Committee for two years.

Joe is a lawyer and policy analyst who has lived in Washington, D.C. after moving from California in 2004. He is currently Vice President, Tax Policy & Litigation, at the National Taxpayers Union. He is admitted to practice law in New York, Maryland, the District of Columbia, and before the U.S. Supreme Court.

Joe worked in the historic 2003 California recall election as a press/policy aide to gubernatorial candidate and former baseball commissioner Peter Ueberroth, helped organize rallies against wasteful spending and the curfew law in his native San Diego County, and interned with the Office of the DC Attorney General (equity), Citizens Against Government Waste (transportation policy), and University of California (outreach in California’s Central Valley).

Joe Bishop-Henchman is available for in-studio interviews in the Washington, D.C., area.


Dan Fishman is the executive director of the national Libertarian Party. He has a background in special education along with more than two decades of experience in computer science.

Politically, Fishman has run Libertarian campaigns for Congress and state auditor in Massachusetts, as well as serving as political director and executive director at the state level. During the 2016 presidential race, he served as northeast director for the Gov. Gary Johnson and Gov. Bill Weld campaign.

Dan first ran as a Libertarian in 2012 for U.S. Congress, where his approximately 17,000 votes were more than four times the margin of victory. That campaign was the most expensive congressional race in the country that year, with Republicans and Democrats spending $4 million compared to Fishman’s $12,000.

A sought after speaker, Dan has addressed Libertarian Party conventions throughout New England, as well as having brought the Libertarian message to numerous college campuses, including Harvard, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Northeastern, as well as numerous high schools.

Dan Fishman is available for in-studio interviews in the Washington, D.C., area.


Jeff Hewitt was elected in November 2018 to the Riverside County Board of Supervisors in California, following three years as mayor of Calimesa, where he led the charge to replace the city’s expensive contract for state fire protection with its own more responsible and cost-effective fire department. Armed with this Libertarian solution, Hewitt enabled his city to fend off the spiraling pension costs that affect many California communities.

Hewitt’s commitment to financial responsibility in Calimesa prompted the Press-Enterprise to award him a “strong” endorsement, describing him as “the rare sort of politician who can get straight to the point about the problems of county government and speak honestly about what needs to be done.” With nearly 500,000 residents, Hewitt’s supervisorial district has more than twice the population of any state house district in the country, excluding California. He also earned a rare campaign endorsement from Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association, and the R Street Institute’s Steven Greenhut lauded Hewitt’s accomplishment with the fire department as a “model for the state.”

Hewitt served a total of eight years on the Calimesa city council; he was elected in 2010 following six years on the planning commission there. He has also held leadership positions on the Libertarian National Committee and the LP California executive committee.

Professionally, Hewitt is a small business owner, having run his own swimming pool company for more than 40 years. He has a degree in biology from California State University at San Bernardino.

Jeff Hewitt is available for in-studio interviews in the Los Angeles area.


Ken Moellman was elected vice-chair of the LNC in 2020. He is the owner of NKY Opinions and has been active in politics for about two decades, serving as party leader, campaign consultant, campaign manager, and candidate, and has worked on successful referendums.

Moellman’s core focus is affiliate party growth. He believes it is the key that enables all other goals; membership, broader philosophical adoption and electoral success are all enabled by affiliate party success.

Ken Moellman is available for in-studio interviews in the Louisville, Ky., area.


Caryn Ann Harlos was elected in 2018 to the office of secretary on the Libertarian National Committee. She is the founding chair of the Libertarian Party’s historical preservation committee, and has also served as communications director for the Libertarian Party of Colorado, regional rep to the Libertarian National Committee, and chair of the national LP platform committee for the 2018 convention.

Harlos’s particular passion is the party’s history and its statement of principles; she has been a featured speaker on those topics across the country. She is also a Christian author, a podcaster, and a skilled debater. Professionally, she is a paralegal.

Caryn Ann Harlos is available for in-studio interviews in the Denver area.


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