Libertarian Party of North Carolina

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Libertarian Party of North Carolina
Senate leader None
House leader None
Founded 1971 (national party)
Ideology Libertarianism
National affiliation Libertarian Party (United States)
Colors a shade of Blue; Yellow
Politics of the United States
Political parties

The Libertarian Party of North Carolina is the North Carolina affiliate of the Libertarian Party. The state chair is JJ Summerell and the vice-chair is Alex Vuchnich.[1]

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.[citation needed]


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.

2014 elections[edit]

Two candidates ran for the party's nomination for the United States Senate in 2014. They were Sean Haugh and Tim D'Annunzio.[2] Haugh won the primary with 1,226 votes compared to D'Annunzio's 794.[3] 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:[4]

2013 elections[edit]

The following individuals were on the ballot for the November 2013 general election:[5]

None were elected.

2012 elections[edit]

In 2012, the state convention was held March 23–25 at the Hilton Garden Inn in RTP.[6]

In North Carolina, voters in the Libertarian Presidential primary on May 8, 2012 had a choice between seven candidates[7] including:

Additionally, for November 2012, twelve candidates ran for the NC Legislature, Governor or US House.[7]

  • 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

Electoral history[edit]

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.

In the 2008 elections, Michael Munger running as the party's candidate for Governor of North Carolina, received 121,585 votes for 2.85% of the total vote.

Also in 2008, Chris Cole, running as the party's candidate for US Senate, received 133,430 votes for 3.12% of the total vote.

External links[edit]


  1. ^ News & Observer Under the Dome: NC Libertarians set their goals
  2. ^ 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. 
  3. ^ "May 6, 2014 Official Primary Election Results". Raleigh, North Carolina: North Carolina State Board of Elections. 
  4. ^ "Libertarian Party Candidates 2014". Alexandria, Virginia: Libertarian Party. 
  5. ^ "Libertarian Party Candidates 2013". Alexandria, Virginia: Libertarian Party. 
  6. ^ 2012 State Convention
  7. ^ a b Registered Candidates [1]