Libertarian Party of Connecticut

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Libertarian Party of Connecticut
Chairman Joshua Katz
Senate leader None
House leader None
Founded 1971
Ideology Libertarianism
National affiliation Libertarian Party (United States)
Colors a shade of Blue; Yellow1
Website
www.lpct.org
Politics of the United States
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Elections

The Libertarian Party of Connecticut is a statewide affiliate of the U.S. Libertarian Party. According to the bylaws posted on its web site, the Connecticut Libertarian Party has the basic aims of furthering individual freedom and opposing the initiation of force against individuals, among other things.[1] It does this by engaging in political, educational, and social activities.

The party leadership declined to endorse celebrity author Ann Coulter in a run for Congress in 2000, in a bid against Chris Shays for the 4th district. As a result, her congressional campaign did not take place.[2][3]

Sub-affiliates[edit]

The party is active in seven of the eight counties of Connecticut; the exception is Tolland County.[4]

  • The Libertarian Party of Fairfield and Litchfield Counties
  • The Libertarian Party of Hartford County
  • The Libertarian Party of New Haven County
  • The Libertarian Party of Windham, New London, and Middlesex Counties

The Norwich Libertarian Town Committee was formed in May, 2013.[5]

Membership[edit]

Active Registered Libertarian Voters in Connecticut

To register as a member of the Libertarian Party with the Connecticut Secretary of the State, an eligible voter must write in "Libertarian" in Box 9 of the state voter registration form.[6] As of November 4, 2013, Connecticut had 1,684 active registered Libertarians, making it the state's fifth largest party.[7] Some areas of the state have a larger share of the membership than others. By Congressional District, party membership is distributed as follows:[8]

17.65% reside in Congressional District 1
26.20% reside in Congressional District 2
14.85% reside in Congressional District 3
21.71% reside in Congressional District 4
19.59% reside in Congressional District 5

Between November 1, 2006 and November 4, 2013, the party experienced 100% growth in active voters registered with the Secretary of the State.[9][10]

Voters may also register with the state party itself as either an associate member or a full member.[11] An associate member does not pay dues, may not be a member of the State Central Committee or the Judiciary Committee, and does not have voting privileges at party functions, such as its annual convention. A full member enjoys all membership privileges and must pay annual dues of $25. Both associate members and full members must sign the Libertarian pledge, which states “I hereby certify that I do not believe in or advocate the initiation of force to achieve political, social, or economic goals.”[12]

A voter may register with the state Libertarian Party as either a full or associate member while remaining a registered member of another party with the Secretary of the State.

Elected Officials[edit]

There are no elected officials in Connecticut who were elected on the Libertarian Party ballot line. There were two registered Libertarians elected on other party ballot lines in November, 2013.[13]

Joshua Katz was elected on the Republican line to the Westbrook Planning Commission.[14]

Sean Foley was elected on the Democratic line to the Burlington Board of Finance.[15]

Election Results[edit]

2013[edit]

The candidates for Norwich Councilman received a cumulative 14.03% of the vote (2,868 votes for Libertarian candidates out of a total of 20,442 votes cast for the office.)[16]

Office Candidate Total Votes Percentage
Mayor - Norwich William Russell 386 8.54%
Councilman - Norwich Julia Anne Gorham 669 N/A - Not Elected
Councilman - Norwich Axel Rodriguez 614 N/A - Not Elected
Councilman - Norwich Cyndia Shook 603 N/A - Not Elected
Councilman - Norwich Michael Holman 537 N/A - Not Elected
Councilman - Norwich Chandler Alfred Jr. 445 N/A - Not Elected
Board of Directors - Manchester Richard Lion 465 N/A - Not Elected

2012[edit]

Secretary of the State's office acknowledging 2012 incorrect vote totals

After receiving the largest vote total in Connecticut Libertarian Party history, Paul Passarelli became the party's first US Senate candidate to retain ballot access for that office despite the towns of Middlefield and Washington failing to report any votes for his candidacy to the Secretary of the State. The town of Seymour also inadvertently failed to report any votes for both Libertarian Party Presidential candidate Gary Johnson and Independent Party candidate Rocky Anderson on its amended returns to the Secretary of the State after including the correct totals of 72 votes for Johnson and 37 votes for Anderson on its initial returns. The towns of East Windsor and Preston also inadvertently failed to report any votes for a combined 14 Working Families and Independent Party candidates.[17][citation needed] The unfortunate cluster of errors was not noticed until after the Statement of Vote was officially certified and changes cannot be made to the Statement of Vote after that time.

Office Candidate Total Votes Percentage
President Gary Johnson 12,580 0.81%
US Senate Paul Passarelli 25,045 1.66%
US Congress 2 Dan Reale 3,511 1.17%
State Senate 20 Marc Guttman 665 1.65%

2010[edit]

In 2010 John Szewczyk became the first and only Libertarian Party candidate to appear on the ballot as a cross endorsed candidate for a state or federal office. He was cross endorsed by the Republican, Independent, and Connecticut for Lieberman Parties.

Office Candidate Total Votes Percentage
Secretary of the State Ken Mosher 8,631 0.78%
Comptroller Joshua Katz 10,328 0.96%
State Senate 20 Marc Guttman 699 2.18%
G.A. 100 John Szewczyk 100 1.02%

2008[edit]

Office Candidate Total Votes Percentage
US Congress 4 Michael Carrano 2,049 0.66%
State Senate 20 Marc Guttman 700 1.59%

2006[edit]

Office Candidate Total Votes Percentage
US Congress 4 Philip Maymin 3,058 1.45%
Secretary of the State Ken Mosher 13,043 1.25%
Treasurer Steve Edelman 15,354 1.51%
Comptroller Richard Connelly 23,688 2.34%
G.A. 5 Richard Lion 77 3.79%
G.A. 82 Arline Dunlop 492 7.44%

2005[edit]

Office Candidate Total Votes Percentage
Mayor - Meriden Arline Dunlop 1,732 17.25%

2004[edit]

Office Candidate Total Votes Percentage
President Michael Badnarik 3,367 0.21%
US Senate Leonard Rasch 9,188 0.64%
State Senate 24 John McGowan 297 0.85%
G.A. 5 Richard Lion 95 2.59%
G.A. 33 Vincent Marotta 152 1.77%
G.A. 78 Linda Rasch 315 4.63%
G.A. 82 Arline Dunlop 456 6.77%

2003[edit]

Office Candidate Total Votes Percentage
Mayor - Hartford Richard Lion 564 5.62%
Mayor - Meriden Arline Dunlop 421 3.42%
Mayor - Windham Lori Jeffers 219 6.05%

2002[edit]

Office Candidate Total Votes Percentage
US Congress 5 Walter Gengarelly 1,503 0.72%
Secretary of the State Darlene Nicholas 13,922 1.46%
Treasurer Ken Mosher 12,449 1.32%
Comptroller Leonard Rasch 12,651 1.36%
G.A. 33 Vincent Marotta 125 2.16%
G.A. 82 Arline Dunlop 158 2.37%

2001[edit]

Office Candidate Total Votes Percentage
Mayor - Hartford Richard Lion 260 2.25%
Mayor - Meriden Arline Dunlop 240 1.72%
Mayor - Windham Lori Jeffers 216 5.76%

2000[edit]

Michael Costanza's 26.08% of the vote in General Assembly District 43 set the Connecticut Libertarian Party record for the highest vote percentage for a state or federal candidate. His 40.15% of the vote in the North Stonington portion of the two town district bested both his Republican and Democratic opponents.

Office Candidate Total Votes Percentage
President Harry Browne 3,484 0.24%
US Senate Wildey Moore 8,773 0.67%
US Congress 4 Daniel Gislao 2,034 0.98%
State Senate 22 Carl Vassar 262 0.73%
State Senate 25 Joseph Bucciarelli 460 1.39%
State Senate 32 Richard Antico 2,291 7.24%
G.A. 11 Richard Connelly 89 1.52%
G.A. 33 Vincent Marotta 334 5.90%
G.A. 39 Donald Nicholas 307 8.70%
G.A. 43 Michael Costanza 2,832 26.08%
G.A. 44 Sandra Cote 357 6.36%
G.A. 49 William Rood 896 15.85%
G.A. 46 William Russell 63 0.94%
G.A. 66 George Eggert 379 3.35%
G.A. 67 Robert Kinney 179 1.94%
G.A. 84 Arline Dunlop 91 1.80%
G.A. 98 Ned Vare 434 5.21%
G.A. 100 James Madison 86 0.83%

1999[edit]

Office Candidate Total Votes Percentage
Mayor - Bethlehem George Eggert 147 10.54%
Mayor - Meriden Arline Dunlop 683 6.54%
Mayor - Oxford John Joy 180 5.92%
Mayor - Windham Ken Mosher 169 5.39%

1998[edit]

Office Candidate Total Votes Percentage
US Senate Wildey Moore 5,196 0.54%
US Congress 4 Marshall Harrison 1,449 1.06%
Governor Ned Vare 5,637 0.54%
Lieutenant Governor Robert Loomis 5,637 0.54%
Attorney General Richard Pober 7,537 0.82%
Secretary of the State Ken Mosher 9,920 1.10%
Treasurer Louis Garofalo 11,375 1.28%
Comptroller Steven Edelman 9,207 1.04%
State Senate 22 Carl Vassar 175 0.70%
State Senate 25 Joseph Bucciarelli 721 4.91%
State Senate 32 Dan Fitzgerald 432 1.36%
G.A. 11 Richard Connelly 58 1.33%
G.A. 39 Darlene Nicholas 54 1.85%
G.A. 66 George Eggert 706 10.34%

1996[edit]

Office Candidate Total Votes Percentage
President Harry Browne 5,788 0.42%
US Congress 4 Edward Tonkin 2,815 1.40%
US Congress 5 Walter Thiessen 1,391 0.65%
State Senate 22 Carl Vassar 696 2.09%
State Senate 25 Joseph Bucciarelli 705 2.15%
State Senate 32 Wildey Moore 724 1.79%
G.A. 60 Richard Loomis 359 5.40%
G.A. 66 George Eggert 1,332 12.61%

Finances[edit]

The finances of the Libertarian Party of Connecticut State Central Committee are public record.[18] It's primary expenditures involve ballot access for candidates. Its second largest expense is its annual convention. Speakers at past conventions include consumer privacy advocate Katherine Albrecht, taxpayer advocate Carla Howell, former Libertarian Party Presidential candidate Michael Badnarik, investment broker Peter Schiff, and Scott Wilson, President of the gun rights advocacy group Connecticut Citizens Defense League. Other large expenses include fundraising and propaganda, such as yard signs, handouts, and DVDs. It does not have a regularly paid staff.

Year Contributions from Individuals In State Contributions from Individuals Out of State Contributions from Individuals of Unknown Location Transfers from the National Party Transfers from Presidential and Other Committees Sales of Food, Merchandise, Advertising, Convention Tickets, and Bank Interest Refunds Total Itemized Revenue Total Itemized Expenses Balance at Year End
2013 90.00 0.00 365.00 0.00 0.00 27.00 0.00 482.00 238.83 3,047.87
2012 2,192.00 42,206.00 18,885.63 0.00 21,422.44 0.00 0.00 84,706.07 83,762.71 2,804.70
2011 320.00 0.00 450.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 770.00 3,171.31 2,472.13
2010 415.00 0.00 1,056.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 1,471.00 3,039.28 4,873.44
2009 1,910.00 160.00 2,185.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 4,255.00 5,249.81 6,441.72
2008 1,980.00 550.00 1,295.00 0.00 5,000.00 0.00 0.00 8,825.00 10,060.05 7,436.53
2007 795.00 0.00 1,075.00 0.00 0.00 78.00 0.00 1,948.00 927.40 8,671.58
2006 350.00 1,000.00 140.00 1,985.33 0.00 1,195.00 0.00 4,670.33 3,364.40 7,650.98
2005 255.00 0.00 50.00 4,433.00 0.00 253.00 36.64 5,027.64 822.00 6,345.05
2004 6,807.00 500.00 368.51 3,782.00 13,590.00 0.00 0.00 25,047.51 25,212.61 2,139.41
2003 1,600.00 120.00 75.00 3,706.50 0.00 0.52 0.00 5,502.02 4,154.72 3,124.51
2002 3,915.00 250.00 368.00 4,555.50 0.00 676.94 5.25 9,770.69 15,466.16 1,777.21
2001 2,273.37 310.00 1,538.00 6,672.00 0.00 28.84 177.37 10,999.58 5,906.98 7,472.68
2000 7,836.00 0.00 335.00 7,703.00 25.00 58.12 0.00 15,957.12 16,356.43 2,380.08
1999 3,385.00 80.00 467.00 6,258.00 131.99 563.19 0.00 10,885.18 9,309.54 2,694.39

Walter Gengarelly Jr. Award[edit]

The Connecticut Libertarian Party State Central Committee issues the Walter Gengarelly Jr. Award at its annual convention to a person who has exhibited a "sustained and selfless effort to support the cause of liberty" at "extreme sacrifice to him or herself."[19] Walter Gengarelly spent nearly three decades in service to the Connecticut Libertarian Party. In 1982 he was the party's first Gubernatorial candidate and he passed away in 2010 in the midst of a campaign for the 5th Congressional District.[20]

Year Award Recipient
2013 Bradley (Chelsea) Manning
2010 Michael Badnarik

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