Constitution Party of West Virginia
|Constitution Party of West Virginia|
|Founded||June 12, 2004|
|Headquarters||PO Box 1777
Martinsburg, WV 25402
|Ideology||Constitutionalism, Social conservatism, National Conservatism, Paleoconservatism, Christianity, American Nationalism, Economic Nationalism Sovereignty, Popular Sovereignty|
|National affiliation||Constitution Party|
|Politics of the United States
The Constitution Party of West Virginia (CPWVa) is an affiliate party of the right-wing national Constitution Party, and states that it has been mischaracterized by groups such as the SPLC, ADL, and MIAC. It asserts its belief that America has a Christian character and heritage, relies upon the Bible as the basis of morality and legitimacy of laws, and supports what it views as strict original intent adherence to the Declaration of Independence and the Federal and State Constitutions. The party takes very conservative stances on social and fiscal issues.
The origins of the current state party can be traced to October 2000 when founding member Brenda Donnellan and activists from the Wood County Tea Party served as plaintiffs in Phillips v Hechler, civ 6:00-894. This litigation resulted in a near election eve November 3 upset ruling against then Secretary of State Ken Hechler forcing him to allow Constitution Party presidential nominee Howard Phillips to run as a declared write-in (WI) candidate without paying the exorbitant filing fee. The party was officially organized three and a half years later on June 12, 2004 at its first formal meeting in Morgantown. It ratified its ByLaws at its Clarksburg meeting on November 12, 2005.
The 1964 Constitution Party presidential nominee, Joseph B. Lightburn, was a neighbor of Donnellan in Jane Lew where he owned the local general store. Lightburn served as National Committeeman for the Constitution Party of West Virginia, but the original party has long been defunct and there are no connections between the two.
Combined Election Results References:
- 2000 - U.S. President - Howard Phillips - 23 votes (WI)
- 2004 - U.S. President - Michael Peroutka - 82 votes (WI)
- 2008 - U.S. President - Chuck Baldwin - 2,465 votes (0.35%)
- 2008 - U.S. Senate - John R. "Rick" Bartlett - 83 votes (WI)
- 2008 - U.S. House of Representatives, District 1 - Ted Osgood - 69 votes (WI)
- 2008 - U.S. House of Representatives, District 2 - Aaron Mills - 16 votes (WI)
- 2010 - U.S. Senate - Jeff Becker - 6,425 votes (1.21%)
- 2010 - U.S. House of Representatives, District 2 - Phil Hudok - 3,431 votes (1.85%)
- 2010 - U.S. House of Representatives, District 3 - Butch Paugh - (WI)
- 2012 - U.S. President - Virgil Goode - 119 votes (WI)
- 2012 - U.S. Senate - Jeff Becker - 52 votes (WI)
- 2012 - U.S. House of Representatives, District 1 - Lou Manley - 35 votes (WI)
- 2012 - U.S. House of Representatives, District 2 - Jerry Franklin - 36 votes (WI)
- 2014 - U.S. Senate - Phil Hudok
- 2008 - Governor - Butch Paugh - 234 votes (WI)
- 2008 - Secretary of State - Phil Hudok - 172 votes (WI)
- 2008 - State Treasurer - Lou Manley - 324 votes (WI)
- 2008 - State Auditor - Robert Ingargiola - 295 votes (WI)
- 2008 - Commissioner of Agriculture - Jerry Franklin - 180 votes (WI)
- 2011 - Governor - Phil Hudok - 76 votes (WI)
- 2012 - Governor - Phil Hudok - 72 votes (WI)
- 2012 - State Auditor - John Miller - 71 votes (WI)
- 2012 - Commissioner of Agriculture - Betty Quintana - 83 votes (WI)
- 2008 - House of Delegates, District 5 - Denzil Sloan - 917 votes (15.43%)
- 2008 - House of Delegates, District 27 - Gene Stalnaker - 14 votes (WI)
- 2012 - State Senate, District 15 - Dan Litten - 6,847 votes (19.23%)
- 2012 - House of Delegates, District 5 - Denzil Sloan - 335 votes (5.89%)
- 2012 - House of Delegates, District 52 - John R. "Rick" Bartlett - 965 votes (19.57%)
- 2004 - Grant County Surveyor of Lands - Robert Miller - 10 votes (WI) *** ELECTED ***
- 2008 - Sheriff of Wetzel County - Jeffrey-Frank..Jarrell - 711 votes
- 2008 - Berkeley County Surveyor of Lands - Jeff Becker - 2,888 votes (9.0%)
- 2012 - Sheriff of Wetzel County - Jeffrey-Frank..Jarrell - 771 votes (15%)
- 2012 - Preston County Commissioner - Richard N. Swecker - 943 votes (8.91%)
West Virginia election law currently requires that a candidate for governor win at least 1% of the entire gubernatorial vote to secure his or her nominating party's future ballot access. Until such time as that occurs, the affiliation of voters is not even formally recognized as a political party in the Mountain State and must submit petitions containing voter signatures amounting to at least 1% of the previous vote total for each individual political office where ballot access is sought. The 1% petition signature figure was longstanding West Virginia law from 1932 until 1999 when the state legislature doubled it. The percentage was not cut back to its original figure until ten years later in 2009 when the filing deadline for minor parties was also pushed back. In 2008, by the May 13 primary and then minor party deadline, the CPWVa had collected over 12,000 ballot access signatures for its gubernatorial candidate, Pastor Butch Paugh, which was several thousand short of the 14,889 needed but would have been more than enough under the 1% rule. However, because those forms also included the name of their presidential nominee, the party continued to circulate petitions and ultimately submitted over 22,000 voter signatures by the August 1 deadline thus putting Chuck Baldwin on the ballot for U.S. President.
The present Chairman is Phil Hudok; Vice Chair Jeffrey-Frank Jarrell; Secretary Jeff Becker; and the Treasurer is Betty Quintana. Past Chairs are Jarrell, Donnellan, Becker and Denzil Sloan
For purposes of county party development and communication, the CPWVa is currently organized into eight geographic County Councils. These are based on the state's Department of Tourism regions with their "Hatfield-McCoy Mountains" region combined with the "Metro Valley" until such time as the party is active in the southwestern part of the state.
- Northern Panhandle Council: Brooke County, Hancock County, Marshall County, Ohio County, Tyler County, and Wetzel counties
- Mountaineer Council: Barbour County, Doddridge County, Harrison County, Marion County, Monongalia County, Preston County, and Taylor counties
- Eastern Panhandle Council: Berkeley County, Hampshire County, Hardy County, Jefferson County, Mineral County, and Morgan counties
- Mid-Ohio Council: Calhoun County, Jackson County, Pleasants County, Ritchie County, Roane County, Wirt County, and Wood counties
- Mountain Lakes Council: Braxton County, Clay County, Gilmer County, Lewis County, Nicholas County, Upshur County, and Webster counties
- Potomac Highlands Council: Grant County, Pendleton County, Pocahontas County, Randolph County, and Tucker counties
- Metro Valley Council:Boone County, Cabell County, Kanawha County, Lincoln County, Logan County, Mason County, Mingo County, Putnam County, and Wayne counties
- New River/Greenbrier Valley Council: Fayette County, Greenbrier County, McDowell County, Mercer County, Monroe County, Raleigh County, Summers County, and Wyoming counties
The CPWVa has 138 registered voters in thirty-three counties. Because the party has not yet attained ballot qualification status, voters registering into it must check the "Other Party" box on the West Virginia voter registration form and write the word "Constitution" on the line. Voter registration status can be checked on the Secretary of State's website.
Because the Constitution Party is not a major party in the state, its voters are permitted to vote in the primary but must take the initiative to ask for either a Republican or Democrat party ballot in lieu of the standard non-partisan ballot.
- 2000 - Founding members of the CPWVa successfully sue Secretary of State Ken Hechler to allow their presidential candidate, Howard Phillips, to run as a last minute official write-in candidate.
- 2007 - Constitution Party activists petitioning for ballot access in Stonewall Jackson Lake State Park are wrongly impeded by uniformed park officials and file a federal lawsuit eventually securing their freedom of speech there with a legal victory two years later in 2009.
- 2008 - Despite a failed attempt by the more experienced Libertarian Party, the CPWVa succeeds in collecting over 22,000 voter signatures to secure ballot access for presidential candidate Chuck Baldwin.
- 2008 - CPWVa Treasurer Gene Stalnaker demands the State pay his tax refund in gold and silver coin.
- 2009 - Constitution Party members give a presentation on Project E.V.E.R.E.S.T. and urge the Raleigh County Commission to stop using electronic voting machines.
- 2010 - By a margin of just eleven voter signatures, the party succeeds in securing ballot access for U.S. House of Representatives candidate Phil Hudok. The party then spends the rest of the summer petitioning to gain access for U.S. Senate candidate Jeff Becker to run in the special election for the late Robert C. Byrd's seat, despite looming challenges by the GOP to stop or delay the election.
- 2011 - The CPWVa passes a resolution urging a special election for governor.
- 2011 - The party passes a resolution detailing the presidential ineligibility of Barack Obama and calls for an investigation and his removal from office. The resolution is updated and reaffirmed two years later.
- 2013 - U.S. Senate candidate Phil Hudok gives a presentation to the Randolph County Commission inspiring them to pass a resolution in support of the 2nd Amendment.
- 2013 - The Constitution Party raises issue awareness and creates a stir with its Mountain State Apple Harvest Festival parade float entry.
- State Parties of the national Constitution Party
- Clarkson, Fred (May 5, 2004). "Will Roy Moore crack the Bush base?". Salon Magazine.
- "Southern Poverty Law Center." Constitution Party Hopes to Take Politics to the Extreme in 2004. Spl Center, Feb.-Mar. 2003. Web. 20 Sept. 2013. <http://www.splcenter.org/get-informed/intelligence-report/browse-all-issues/2003/fall/our-terrible-swift-sword>.
- Rudin, Ken. "Election 2010 Scorecard". National Public Radio. Retrieved 13 July 2013.
- Patriot Groups Active in the Year 2006, SPLC Intelligence Report, Spring 2007, Issue Number: 125
- The Modern Militia Movement, MIAC Strategic Report, February 20, 2009
- CPWVa platform position on Racial Harmony, paragraph 6, April 24, 2010
- America's Christian Heritage Week - founded in West Virginia
- Seven Principles and Core Beliefs of the CPWVa
- CPWVa Preamble and Platform
- [http://cpwv.org/philosophy/state-platform/ Platform of the Constitution Party of West Virginia]
- United States District Court, Southern District of West Virginia, CIVIL ACTION NO. 6:00-0894
- West Virginia Victory - Ballot Access News
- Lightburn's Store, (304) 884-7321 Main St., Jane Lew, WV 26378
- Lightburn, Joseph B. Papers Regarding Conservative Politics, 1957-1970
- FEC Federal Elections Results 2008, pages 77 and 167
- 2000 General Election, WVSOS
- 2004 General Election, WVSOS
- 2008 General Election, WVSOS
- What Does The Constitution Say? - Metro News, October 5, 2010
- U.S. Senate candidate: Leave education to states - Associated Press, October 13, 2010
- Constitutional mandates are Becker’s focus - Times West Virginian, October 24, 2010
- Third-party candidate seeks Byrd’s Senate seat - The Parthenon, October 26, 2010
- Second district candidates talk budget, taxes - Charleston Daily Mail, October 21, 2010
- When Fear Reigns - Pastor Butch Paugh, August 13, 2009
- Rahall leads Maynard in poll - Herald Dispatch, October 14, 2010
- – U.S. House, Investigative Reporter: Manley’s Expose Shocks Americans, October 8, 2012
- Phil Hudok for U.S. Senate campaign site
- West Virginia Secretary of State, 2014 Pre-Candidates
- Phil Hudok Running as Constitution Party Candidate for U.S. Senate from West Virginia - Independent Political Report, July 2013
- Constitution Party Election Results - Independent Political Report, 2012
- West Virginia 2008 General Election Results - The Green Papers
- Pastor wants to be next governor - Register Herald, May 31, 2007
- A Treatise On Liberty - Pastor Butch Paugh, July 8, 2008
- Write-in candidate Paugh pitches W.Va. sovereignty - The Register-Herald, October 19, 2008
- The Lincoln Journal
- House of Delegates Candidate & Officeholder Responses to WV SORO Questionnaire
- Sloan Challenges Pethtel For House - Tyler Star News, October 29, 2008
- Dan Litten On The Issues - Vote WV.org
- Dan Litten Radio Interview - Constitutionally Correct Broadcasting, September 13, 2012
- Judge to replace former West Virginia State Sen. Walt Helmick - Herald Mail, January 23, 2013
- Thompson and Kessler Rule While Legislature Bows Down - West Virginia Dissident, June 27, 2012
- Cost-per-vote tallies shed insight on 2012 races - The Dominion Post, January 27, 2013
- Constitution Party Partisan Win - Ballot Access News
- Sheriff’s Race Sees Hoskins and Jarrell Compete - The Wetzel Chronicle, October 29, 2008
- Jeffrey-Frank..Jarrell - LinkedIn profile
- Candidate Is Now Chief Deputy - The Intelligencer, Wheeling News-Register, October 10, 2012
- Candidates Turn Out For WC Farm Bureau Forum - Wetzel Chronicle, April 17, 2012
- Brookover And Jarrell Run For Wetzel Sheriff - Wetzel Chronicle, October 31, 2012
- WTRF 2012 General Election Results
- Universal Declaration: Stop Stealing Our Money, We Want Our Money Back
- Preston County 2012 Election Results - WDTV
- Political party defined - WV Code §3-1-8
- Certificate nominations - West Virginia Code §3-5-23
- SB 591 - Ballot Access News, April 3, 1999
- West Virginia Governor Signs Ballot Access Bill - Ballot Access News, May 11, 2009
- 2004 General Election, WVSOS
- Tourism Regions - West Virginia Department of Commerce
- October 23, 2013 telephone call, Mr. David Tackett, West Virginia Secretary of State's Office, Voter Services Division, (304) 558-6000
- West Virginia voter registration form - WVSOS
- Am I Registered To Vote? - WVSOS
- Other (minor) party and group nominations - WV Code §3-5-22
- Independent voters may request ballot - The Times West Virginian, April 25, 2010
- Constitution Party wins constitutional fight - The West Virginia Record, June 4, 2009
- Judge tosses Barr's W.Va. ballot access lawsuit - USA Today, September 7, 2008
- WV Resident Wants State Officials To Pay Up - West Virginia News, October 28, 2008
- Project EVEREST - Ohio Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner, December 14, 2007
- Group complains about electronic voting machines - The Register Herald, October 11, 2009
- W.Va. GOP says it won’t appeal ballot ruling - The Register Herald, September 28, 2010
- Constitution Party urges special election - The Herald Dispatch, Jan. 11, 2011
- Resolution on the Presidential Ineligibility of Barack Hussein Obama, September 11, 2011
- Randolph Commission passes gun resolution - The InterMountain, February 11, 2013
- Constitution Party float was insult to festival - Martinsburg Journal, October 31, 2013
- Constitution Party float was a crowd pleaser - The Martinsburg Journal, November 13, 2013