Libertarian Party of Tennessee

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Libertarian Party of Tennessee
Chairman Jim Tomasik
Senate leader None
House leader None
Founded 1971
Ideology Libertarianism
National affiliation Libertarian Party (United States)
Colors a shade of Blue; Yellow
Website
www.lptn.org
Politics of the United States
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Elections

The Libertarian Party of Tennessee (LPTN) is a political party in the United States that operates in the state of Tennessee. It is a recognized affiliate of the national Libertarian Party of the United States. On September 20, 2010, the party gained the legal right to ballot access after a restrictive Tennessee law was struck down in the case Libertarian Party of Tennessee v. Goins.[1] The party's annual convention was held on March 15th, 2014 in Murfreesboro, Tennessee.[2]

Ballot access[edit]

In a joint lawsuit filed on January 23, 2008 by the Libertarian, Green and Constitution Parties of Tennessee against the State of Tennessee, a 1972 state law that limited state ballot access was challenged and overturned. The law had required a petition with signatures amounting to 2.5% of the most recent gubernatorial votes be submitted to the State Board of Elections 120 days before the election in which parties wished to have their party listed on the state ballot.[3] Prior to the lawsuit, the LPTN had never applied for ballot access in Tennessee, though the Populist Party, the Reform Party, the Constitution Party and the Green Party had unsuccessfully applied.[4]

In the September 20, 2010 ruling, U.S. District Court Judge William Joseph Haynes struck down the petition deadline, the precise wording of the petition requirements and the volume of signatures required.[5]

Current leadership and elected officials[edit]

State Party Leaders[edit]

  • Jim Tomasik, Chair
  • Donn Janes, Vice Chair
  • Daniel Lewis, Secretary
  • Mary Phelps, Treasurer

County and Regional Leaders[edit]

Regional Coordinators[edit]

  • Jesse Overbey, Mountain Region
  • James Buente, Valley Region
  • Wallace Redd, Heartland Region
  • Paul Teague, Delta Region

County Chairmen[edit]

Regional Representatives[edit]

  • Vicki Kirkland, LNC (Florida)
  • David Blau, LNC (alternative)

Elected officials[edit]

  • Mike Sexton, Union County Commissioner, District 6
  • Wallace Redd, Clarksville City Council, Ward 4

College Libertarian Chapters[edit]

College Libertarians of UT-Martin (University of Tennessee - Martin)[6]

Notable Tennessee Libertarians[edit]

See also[edit]

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ [1], "Minor Parties Win Tennessee Ballot Access Lawsuit" Ballot Access News Retrieved 2011-09-21.
  2. ^ "2013 Libertarian Party Tennessee State Convention". LPTN. Retrieved March 16, 2014. 
  3. ^ [2] Plaintiff Memorandum: Libertarian Party v. Goins United States District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee, Nashville Division.
  4. ^ [3] Plaintiff Memorandum: Libertarian Party v. Goins United States District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee, Nashville Division. pg 6 para 2.
  5. ^ [4] Haynes, Judge William Ruling Order: Libertarian Party v. Goins United States District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee, Nashville Division. Retrieved 2011-09-20.
  6. ^ http://www.lp.org/states/Tennessee