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Municipal Elections Qualifying

Qualifying for the April 6th Municipal elections runs from Wednesday, February 13th through Friday, February 15th. Candidates must qualify with their local Registrar of Voters office between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. each day.

Offices are posted on our "Who Is Running?" pages.

Anyone contemplating running for office in the next few years should strongly consider filing for local office this week. If not for the experience of actually serving in office, then simply for the experience gained in campaigning and name recognition. You might get elected just by filing unopposed! (as two Louisiana Libertarians did in November 2012)

Volunteer TODAY!


Caucus & planning meetings posted

The Libertarian Party of Louisiana will kickoff the new year by announcing our very first Caucus of 2013 to be held in St Tammany Parish. St. Tammany registered Libertarians will vote to fill up to 16 positions on their Parish Executive Committee. All Libertarians are invited to attend and there will be open voter registration at the event.

Please see our press release featured in Times Picayune and "Like" the article at the bottom of the page to show your support!

We will be forming Parish Executive Committees across the state, working to grow our membership to 15,000 by 2014 and recruiting candidates to run for local office.

Planning meetings are also scheduled for Jefferson, Lafourche, Orleans, St. Mary, and Terrebonne Parishes.

See our Events Page, and our Caucus page for more details and to RSVP.


Libertarian Party Boasts Gains, Ambitious Goals

The Libertarian Party of Louisiana announces ambitious goals for 2013 in their recent Board of Directors meeting. These goals include doubling LPL membership to 15,000 registered voters, recruiting and supporting new candidates for local office, increasing financial backing significantly, and organizing Parish Executive Committees.

The Libertarian Party is now the fastest growing political party in Louisiana, growing more than 50% in 2012. Libertarians have pulled many of their new members from both the Republican and Democratic Parties and have been particularly successful at appealing to the youth. Registered Independent voters who do not identify with the two-party system are supporting the emerging alternative party as they advocate for more freedom and smaller government.

The Libertarian Party will be pushing hard over the coming year to become a serious contender in the Louisiana political landscape, currently dominated by older parties. A substantial gain in fundraising has enabled the hiring of an Executive Director to facilitate daily operations and projects for membership growth. Libertarians believe their message of small government and greater personal freedom will resonate well with Louisiana voters.

While the national debt continues to swell and Congressional approval reaches an all-time low, Libertarians aim to use a common sense approach to government by showing how low taxes, less government spending, free markets, and upholding personal liberties will produce economic prosperity and opportunity.

For more information, please contact Communications Officer Keith Thompson.


November 6th Election Results

Results for the November 6th, 2012 election for LPL candidates have been posted.

LPL vote records were broken in 12 categories tonight!!

Total votes for all candidates - all races in a single election
142,452
Total votes for all U.S. House Candidates in a single election
124,477
Total votes for Presidential Electors
Gary Johnson & James P. Gray — 17,975
Highest percentage for Presidential Electors
Gary Johnson & James P. Gray — 0.92%
Total votes for any candidate
Randall Lord — 61,586
Highest percentage for any candidate
Randall Lord — 24.87%
Total votes for U.S. House District 2
Caleb Trotter — 6,408
Total votes for U.S. House District 4
Randall Lord — 61,586
Highest percentage for U.S. House District 4
Randall Lord — 24.87%
Total votes for U.S. House District 5
Clay S. Grant — 20,519
Highest percentage for U.S. House District 5
Clay S. Grant — 7.84%
Total votes for U.S. House District 6
Rufus Holt Craig, Jr. — 32,200

Congratulations to all of our candidates and a heartfelt "thank you" to them for running for office and to all of their supporters who voted, donated and volunteered for their campaigns!!


Guide to the Amendments

A Libertarian guide to the proposed amendments to the Louisiana Constitution is now posted.


New Events Posted for Jim Stark for Congress

3rd District LP Congressional Jim Stark will be attending three candidate forums in the upcoming weeks.

The details of the forums are posted on our Events page.


4th Quarter SCC Meeting

The LPL State Central Committee will hold its 4th Quarter meeting Saturday October 6th, 2012.

The meeting will be held in the conference room of Adam Campo Realestate LLC at 3535 S. Sherwood Forrest Blvd in Baton Rouge.

The meeting will convene at 10:30 a.m. and adjourn at 1:30 p.m.

Anyone interested in attending, please contact the meeting host: Wes Benedict.

All SCC meetings are open to the public and the press. Space is limited however, so please reserve a seat in advance.


LPL Seeking Executive Director

We're growing!!

The Libertarian Party of Louisiana is currently seeking qualified candidates for the position of Executive Director.

If you are interested in the position, please send your inquiries and your resumé to the LPL Chairman as soon as possible. A final decision on hiring will be made at the 4th Quarter SCC meeting to be held October 6th, 2012 in Baton Rouge.


Gary Johnson on the Ballot in Louisiana

Electors for Governor Gary Johnson of New Mexico and Judge James P. "Jim" Gray of California, will officially appear on the November 6th ballot along with 11 other candidate slates.

The LPL filed the required paperwork on Tuesday, September 4th just before Noon, becoming the 3rd slate to officially file.

Louisianians will have the opportunity to choose a truly fiscal conservative and socially tolerant President – a far cry from the talk-the-talk but fail to walk-the-walk candidates the Republican and Democrat parties are putting up this year. And Gary Johnson, as a former two-term Governor of New Mexico, has more executive experience in government than both the incumbent Barack Obama, and GOP challenger, Mitt Romney. During his eight year tenure he vetoed more bills than all the other 49 governors combined, and left the state with a surplus.

Look for the Libertarian Party candidates this November 6th and cast your vote for Liberty!


Welcome Ron Paul Supporters!!

If you're a supporter of Congressman Ron Paul and his (now sadly unsuccessful) bid for the GOP nomination - we want to welcome you home. Please take a moment and read our thoughts on where we go from here. Welcome to the Libertarian Party of Louisiana.

Two Libertarians in Elective Office!!

Two Libertarians are preliminarily now in Elective Office in Louisiana.

As of the close of qualifying today, in Winn Parish, Randall T. Hayes filed with two other contenders for the position of Aldermen in the Village of Atlanta. Since three were to be elected, if there are no other challengers, all three, including Mr. Hayes are declared "elected" and will serve in the next term.

Mr. Hayes was a candidate for US Senate in 2010 as a Libertarian and won the Party's first and only partisan primary garnering nearly 62% against Mandeville native Anthony Gentile. (partisan primaries were abolished after the 2010 election.)

The second elected official is Mr. Michael Riffe who already serves as Alderman for the Village of Sikes also in Winn Parish.

Mr. Riffe changed his party affiliation to Libertarian before qualifying on Thursday. At the close of qualifying, only one other challenger has filed, though three are to be elected. Thus Mr. Riffe will continue in his position, but will now serve as a Libertarian.

Congratulations to both men on their historic achievement of being the first elected Libertarians in Louisiana!


LP Louisiana Qualifies 5 Congressional Candidates

Five Libertarians have qualified to run for Congress this November, contesting all but the 1st District held by Steve Scalise (R). This is the most since 2006 when the LPL fielded candidates in 5 of the then 7 districts.

In some races, there are no Democrat challengers so these will be fought only against Republican incumbents and independents.

The activity of the LPL has already generated buzz in the media as can be found in these articles from The Hayride:
QUALIFYING: Louisiana’s Dems Appear To Be The Party Of The Lazy And Worthless
QUALIFYING UPDATE: There Are Democrat Candidates After All…

You can find out more about these candidates, volunteer, or donate to their campaigns, by checking out our Who's Running page for US House.


Congressional Candidate Qualifying

Qualifying for all candidates for U.S. House of Representatives begins Today, August 15th, 2012 and ends on Friday, August 17th, 2012.

If you are interested in being a candidate please contact the Party Secretary ASAP!!

So far, there do not appear to be any Democrat challengers to any Republican incumbents and no serious Republican challengers to the one Democrat incumbent.

This is also the same qualifying period for any local races in your area.

If you are running for Congress - you must file papers with the Secretary of State's office in Baton Rouge. If you are running for a local office, you must file with your Parish Registrar of Voters.


East Baton Rouge Parish Officially Organizes

Libertarians in East Baton Rouge Parish officially organized their Parish Executive Committee on Tuesday August 7th in a caucus immediately following a Meet & Greet for 6th District Congressional hopeful - Smith Hartley at the Marriott Hotel on Hilton Avenue.

Mr. Hartley has since opted not to run this election, but was chosen to serve on the East Baton Rouge PEC. Mr. Hartley serves as the representative to the State Central Committee for the parish.

Other members include:

The new PEC will meet monthly and is the governing body for all LP activity in their parish. You can find them at BatonRougeLibertarians.org, and their meetings are posted on Meetup.com.

There are still positions open on the PEC. If you'd like to join up - contact Wes Benedict TODAY!


LP in Louisiana Growing Fast

As of August 6th, 2012, the LPL had 5773 registered voters affilliated with the party according to Secretary of State records.

This is an increase since January of 960 voters, or nearly 20%! (currently at 3% per month)

No other party is growing this fast!


2012 LPL State Convention

The 2012 LPL State Convention will be held Friday, April 20th & Saturday April 21st, 2012 in Lafayette.

We will be selecting delegates to the LNC National Convention in Las Vegas, nominating candidates for Presidential Elector, choosing new Party Executive officers, and debating changes to our By-Laws and Party Rules. All registered Libertarians are urged to attend this very important event.

The convention is being hosted by Holiday Inn Express located at 3903 Ambassador Caffery Pkwy. You can book your room directly on the Hotel website, or by calling them locally at 981-0600 or toll free at 1-888-HOLIDAY.

Members with current annual dues in good standing are already paid and registered for the convention. If you are such a member, you will be contacted to be advised of your registration. Otherwise, registered Libertarian voters (members of the Party) are required to purchase an admission package for $25 to cover the cost of the meeting room and food and beverage. Links to purchase this package will be posted in the next few days. In the meantime, if you wish to attend, please send an email to the party secretary indicating your interest and when the purchasing links are posted, a reminder email will be sent to you to officially register for the convention.

For the full agenda and to see the By-Laws and Rules proposals, please visit our Convention page.


Caucus and Convention Schedule

Parish Caucuses will be held now through Feb 25th. (some possibly through March 25th) See our Parish Caucuses page for more info.

Regional Caucuses will be held no later than March 25th, following the Parish Caucuses in each region. See our Regional Caucuses page for more info.

The State Convention will be held the weekend of April 20–22, 2012. Location and times to be determined. More details will be posted as soon as they are available.

The National Convention will be held May 2–6. See the official LNC Convention site for more details.


LP Nominees posted

Candidates seeking the Libertarian nomination for President are now listed on our Who's Running for Office page. Check them out!


It's Caucus & Convention Time!

Now that the 2011 election is behind us, the 2012 cycle is nipping at our heels. The process for selecting delegates to the 2012 LP Convention and deciding who will lead the LPL for the next four years begins NOW! If you ever wanted to be active in Libertarian politics, or if you're just curious to see what we do, the caucuses and conventions are where you need to be.

Parish Caucuses will be held now through Feb 25th. (some possibly through March 25th) See our Parish Caucuses page for more info.

Regional Caucuses will be held no later than March 25th, following the Parish Caucuses in each region. See our Regional Caucuses page for more info.

The State Convention will be held the weekend of April 21–23, 2012. Location and times to be determined. More details will be posted as soon as they are available.


In Memoriam

We have lost a long-time activist, Ms. Rebecca Breeden. Please keep her in your thoughts and prayers. You can read more about her in these stories in the Advocate, and 225 Baton Rouge.

Rebecca Breeden Rebecca Breeden

Election Results!

Check out how our candidates for Governor & State Representative faired in the October 22nd election!


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