Contact: Elizabeth C. Brierly, media coordinator
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Libertarian Party representatives available for interviews:
- Nicholas Sarwark, Chair
- Dan Fishman, Executive Director
- Lauren Daugherty, Development Director
- Jeff Hewitt, Supervisor, Riverside County, Calif.
- Alex Merced, Vice Chair
- Caryn Ann Harlos, Secretary
To interview elected officials, candidates, or experts on a specific topic, email the Libertarian Party media team.
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 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.
We provide commentary on the issues, via press releases, op-eds, and these briefs:
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Libertarian Party interview availability
Nicholas Sarwark is serving his third term as chair of the Libertarian National Committee (LNC), having first been elected in 2014.
Sarwark has served as chair of the LP of Maryland and as vice chair of the LP of Colorado, where he played a key role in recruiting the state’s 42 Libertarian candidates in 2014 and supported the passage of Colorado’s historic marijuana legalization initiative in 2012. In 2018, he ran for mayor of Phoenix, Arizona.
Professionally, Sarwark has been a criminal defense attorney; he served as a deputy public defender in Colorado, trying more than 30 cases before a jury and arguing in front of the Colorado Supreme Court. In 2014, he moved to Arizona to help operate his family’s business, the oldest independent auto dealership in Phoenix, founded in 1942.
Nicholas Sarwark is available for in-studio interviews in the Phoenix 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 presidentical race, he served as north east 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 throughoutn 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.
Lauren Daugherty is the development director of the national Libertarian Party. Prior to joining the team at LP headquarters in 2015, Lauren served as executive director of the Libertarian Party of Texas.
In 2018, Daugherty was the Libertarian candidate for justice of the peace in Waco, Texas, in response to the incumbent’s having violated the constitutional rights of nearly 200 people. Accordingly, her campaign theme was, “Everyone’s rights matter.”
Before her involvement with the Libertarian Party, Daugherty worked for several pro-liberty nonprofit organizations in D.C. She holds master’s degrees from Johns Hopkins University and the Institute of World Politics, as well as a bachelor’s degree in economics from Emory University.
Lauren Daugherty is available for in-studio interviews in the Dallas–Fort Worth and Austin areas.
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.
Jeff Hewitt is available for in-studio interviews in the Los Angeles area.
Alex Merced was elected vice chair of the LNC in 2018. He promotes Libertarianism ardently through his roles as a prolific podcast host and candidate for public office. He has as a Libertarian for New York City public advocate in 2013, U.S. senate in 2016, and New York City comptroller in 2017.
He has served as a director in the Manhattan and Brooklyn Libertarian Party affiliates, and prior to his run for LNC vice chair, he served as policy director of the 2018 Larry Sharpe for Governor of New York campaign.
Professionally, Merced is a trainer in the financial industry and has been a small business owner. He earned a bachelor’s degree in popular culture studies and marketing at Bowling Green State University, where he worked as a disc jockey for WBGU-FM Radio.
Alex Merced is available for in-studio interviews in the New York City 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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