Friday, November 6, 2009

Election Results For Libertarians

For those of you that are interested to see how Libertarians fared in the November 3rd elections, I have a list that was sent to me by the National Libertarian Party. The size of our government did not grow overnight, so it is equally logical to assert that its reduction will take some time to manifest. Vigilance is key. To my Conservative friends I submit that our battles are far from over, thus we must continue to be mindful in order to effect the necessary outcome. The election results in New Jersey and Virginia, the home of Thomas Jefferson, is but a small step. We must remain resolute, for our antagonists are many.

Dear Friend of Liberty,

I want to congratulate the Libertarians who won their races on November 3.

Additionally, I hope you'll read this thank you note from one of our candidates, Matt Cholko, who did not win. I found his note to be particularly instructive and inspiring, perhaps inspiring enough to get you to run for office in 2010.

A big thank you also goes out to all of the volunteers, donors, and family members who supported Libertarian candidates.

The following Libertarians won their elections on November 3:

  1. Karen Richardson was re-elected to the City Council in John's Creek, Georgia.
  2. Roger Fritz was elected Mayor of Roland, Iowa.
  3. Bill Lynn was elected as an Alderman in Davenport, Iowa.
  4. Nick Taiber got 46% running for City Council in Cedar Falls, Iowa, so he advances to a runoff on December 1.
  5. Andy LeCureaux was re-elected to the City Council in Hazel Park, Michigan.
  6. Dan Halloran was elected to the New York City Council in District 19 (Queens). He was cross-nominated by the Republican, Conservative, Independent and Libertarian parties.
  7. John McAlister was re-elected to the City Council in Gahanna, Ohio.
  8. Michael J. Robertson was elected Supervisor in Licking Township, Pennsylvania.
  9. Berlie R. Etzel was elected Constable in Ashland Township, Pennsylvania.
  10. Timothy A. Russell was elected Mayor in Emlenton Borough, Pennsylvania.
  11. Larry Allen Boyle was elected Mayor in Polk Borough, Pennsylvania.
  12. James Fryman was elected Auditor in Victory Township, Pennsylvania.
  13. Paula L. Meddings and Chad M. Roberts were both elected to the Borough Council of Houston, Pennsylvania.
  14. Susan Haythornthwaite was elected Auditor of Abbott Township, Pennsylvania.
  15. Cathy A. Beeman was elected Auditor of Waterford Township, Pennsylvania.
  16. Randall R. Schwabenbauer was elected Oil City Area School Director in Pennsylvania.

I also want to thank all the other Libertarians who ran for office. We have posted a list of results on the website.


Wes Benedict
Executive Director
Libertarian National Committee

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Matt said...

This is a good thing, and should serve as yet another warning for Republicans. When the Party does not stand for our values, we will find others that do.

Conservatives need to meet with and work with Libertarians. More unite us than separate us, and much could come from such an alliance.

Matt said...

This is a good thing, and should serve as yet another warning for Republicans. When the Party does not stand for our values, we will find others that do.

Conservatives need to meet with and work with Libertarians. More unite us than separate us, and much could come from such an alliance.


I think 2010 will be even better.

Harrison said...

Do you think the Libertarian party helps or hurts the Republicans?

Dr. Dave said...

A good list, LP. Any seat that doesn't go to a Democrat or a RINO is a win.

the Liberty Pen said...

Thank you for the comments gentlemen. If I may address Harrison.

It would be true to state that a third party presence distracts from the Republican votes. In the past said votes made the difference between a win and a loss. So the question, rather obviously, becomes whether one votes on principle or necessity. If you vote on principle you risk losing the election and allow the Democrat another term.

For me, there is little distinction between the two parties - this cannot be refuted. Lindsey Graham is a prime example, he excoriated the viability of the Libertarians within the Republican Party. Additionally, he censures Ron Paul on a daily basis in an almost demeaning fashion. Quite frankly Graham is your typical party hack willing to engage in fellation just to secure a vote. And if I may be allowed some measure of crudeness, Lindsey Graham is a self-congratulatory douche-bag. But I digress.

A Constitutionally limited government and the principles set forth by our Founding Fathers are critical to our Republic's survival. What we see is a perpetual cycle of the fallibility of human nature - ego and self-aggrandizement supplanting proper representation of the people. It is this that creates the impetus to vote on principle. Even if it may end in a defeat, I would rather live with a clean conscience.

If, however, a Republican candidate exemplified the aforementioned criteria I would vote for them. The reasons become quite apparent. I hope I answered your question, I tend to ramble.

Harrison said...

Although I think the two majors parties are very similar, I would not think the GOP would push for socialized healthcare or Cap and Trade. On the issue of spending, the GOP has been overly excessive however I would think they are less so than the Democrats.

The problem with 3rd parties under the Electoral College is that their agendas get co-opted and they go away. Look at the Perot voters. Perhaps we are seeing a conservative challenge to the GOP because of their excesses, however they will simply co-opt what they need in order to gain more votes but, in the meantime, Democrats have the chance to maintain their strength and do things like pass their $787 billion "stimulus."

I know what you mean regarding principle and reality, but I'm not so sure considering we have the Electoral College how much more principle we can take.

And way back when I voted for Perot but only because I lived in DC and a Democrat always wins there so mine was a "safe" protest vote.

Anonymous said...

Lindsay "Goober" Graham sucks to be quite honest with you.

He is a disgrace to the Republican party and to Conservatives and Libertarians in general.

I plan on personally doing all I can to help him join the ranks of the unemployed.

Clay Barham said...

We never had capitalism, but we did have libertarians! Capitalism was Marx's term to describe European mercantilism, where the few government and business elite rule the many. Ours was the only system recognizing individual freedom which resulted in a free market and prosperity never known elsewhere, that was libertarian. We now elect people who say the interests of community are more important than are the interests of the individual, appropriate to Obama, Rousseau and Marx, as cited in THE CHANGING FACE OF DEMOCRATS on Amazon and
19th century Democrats were our first libertarians. We are being pushed back by the new anti-libertarians to join and equalize with the Old World, where 80% of its people are struggling just to survive. Many Americans are ashamed of being prosperous and want to step aside for that 80%to move on in and share the wealth.

the Liberty Pen said...

I agree with you Don, 100%. The people have to set the expectation, not the other way around.

Great comment, very insightful.

I agree with you Harrison, the Republicans, by their innate nature as a politician, will co-opt to secure votes. The sad thing is people neglect this obviousness. If we elect Republicans the expectation must be set that business as usual must be stifled.