Libertarian Party of North Carolina
|Libertarian Party of North Carolina|
|Founded||1971 (national party)|
|National affiliation||Libertarian Party (United States)|
|Colors||a shade of Blue; Yellow|
|Politics of the United States
The Libertarian Party of North Carolina first appeared on the ballot in 1978. The party has been on the ballot in NC for every presidential and gubernatorial election, except 1988. The party had been on the NC ballot continuously from 1996–2004. In that period alone, the LPNC placed over 300 candidates on the ballot for every office from President of the United States to county soil and water district supervisor.
LPNC currently has elected members on three city councils, five soil and water district boards, and in the office of Harnett County Surveyor. About a dozen Libertarians currently sit on various appointed city and county boards across NC.
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Members of the executive committee are elected biannually at conventions to carry out the essential functions of a political party.
The party also maintains active local organizations in over two dozen counties and on half a dozen college campuses. LPNC may also be the only party in U.S. history that had an Indian Nation as an active local affiliate, the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians.
Two candidates ran for the party's nomination for the United States Senate in 2014. They were Sean Haugh and Tim D'Annunzio. Haugh won the primary with 1,226 votes compared to D'Annunzio's 794. He will face Thom Tillis and Kay Hagan the general election to be held November 4, 2014.
Additionally, the follwing individuals will appear on the November 2014 General Election ballot:
- Eric Cable, State House of Representatives 104th District
- J. Wesley Casteen, US House Of Representatives 7th District
- P. H. Dawkins, State Senate 25th District
- Ginny Godfrey, Burke County Commissioner
- Jeremy Hussey, Randolph County Commissioner 4th District
- John Martin, Macon County Commissioner 2nd District
- Windy McKinney, Haywood County Commissioner
- Paul Meinhart, State House of Representatives 59th District
- Shelby Mood, State House of Representatives 117th District
The following individuals were on the ballot for the November 2013 general election:
- Andrea Boyer, Woodfin Alderman
- Eric Cable, Charlotte City Council At-Large
- Thorbjorn Gylfason Greenville City Council District 3
- Terrence Tucker Benson Town Commissioner At-large
- Jason Varner, Thomasville City Council
- Travis Wheat, Charlotte City Council District 3
None were elected.
In 2012, the state convention was held March 23–25 at the Hilton Garden Inn in RTP.
In North Carolina, voters in the Libertarian Presidential primary on May 8, 2012 had a choice between seven candidates including:
- Roger Gary
- Former Governor Gary Johnson (victor)
- Carl Person
- Bill Still
- Lee Wrights
- RJ Harris (Withdrew - Running for Oklahoma's 4th congressional district as an Independent Candidate)
Additionally, for November 2012, twelve candidates ran for the NC Legislature, Governor or US House.
- Darryl Holloman - US House District 1
- Brian Irving - US House District 2
- Curtis Campbell - US House District 9
- Barbara Howe - NC Governor
- Brandon Black - NC State Senate District 24
- Richard Evey - NC State Senate District 46
- Kevin Hayes - NC House of Representatives District 4
- Wyatt Rike - NC House of Representatives District 13
- Jesse Shearin - NC House of Representatives District 27
- Ronald Reale - NC House of Representatives District 40
- Kent Wilsey - NC House of Representatives District 62
- Lewis B Guignard Jr - NC House of Representatives District 110
In 1992, Libertarian candidate for governor Scott Earle McLaughlin achieved 4.5 percent of the popular vote in a fully contested race, with 104,983 votes. This remains the highest percentage gained by a third party candidate for that office by any party since that year.
- News & Observer Under the Dome: NC Libertarians set their goals
- Niedzwiadek, Nick (6 April 2014). "N.C. Libertarians meet to discuss next primary candidates". The Daily Tarheel. Chapel Hill, North Carolina: University of North Caroilina at Chapel Hill.
- "May 6, 2014 Official Primary Election Results". Raleigh, North Carolina: North Carolina State Board of Elections.
- "Libertarian Party Candidates 2014". Alexandria, Virginia: Libertarian Party.
- "Libertarian Party Candidates 2013". Alexandria, Virginia: Libertarian Party.
- 2012 State Convention
- Registered Candidates