Larry Sharpe (politician)
|Education||University of Maryland University College (B.A.)|
|Service/||United States Marine Corps|
|Years of service||1986–1993|
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Larry David Sharpe (born July 12, 1968) is an American business consultant, entrepreneur, political activist, podcaster, and candidate for the 2020 Libertarian vice presidential nomination. He was a candidate for the Libertarian Party nomination for Vice President of the United States in 2016, losing narrowly to former Massachusetts Governor Bill Weld. Sharpe was also the Libertarian nominee for Governor of New York in the 2018 gubernatorial election. Sharpe is the founder and managing director of the online business training company Neo-Sage Group, Inc.
Early life and career
Sharpe was born on July 12, 1968, in Manhattan, New York, and was adopted as an infant. He joined the United States Marines Corps at age 17, serving from 1986 to 1993. He received a Bachelor's Degree in Anthropology from the University of Maryland University College. After working as an English teacher, Sharpe founded Prime Distribution Inc., a trucking and distribution company which he later sold, in 2001. In 2004, Sharpe built an online business training company called Neo-Sage Group, Inc., for which he serves as managing director.
As a Libertarian Party activist, Sharpe has outlined a vision to grow the party by encouraging grassroots Libertarian Party campaigns across the country. Sharpe served on the Libertarian National Committee as the Alternate for Region 8, until his resignation in February 2018 because of an internal LNC vote that failed to oust the party's then-vice chair, Arvin Vohra, following public controversial comments made by Vohra.
2016 vice presidential campaign
Sharpe was a candidate for the 2016 Libertarian vice presidential nomination. During the 2016 Libertarian National Convention, he placed second on the first ballot with 30.4% of the vote. Because no one received a majority on that ballot, a second ballot vote was held. Sharpe received 46.9% of the vote on the second ballot, finishing second to former Massachusetts Governor Bill Weld.
2018 New York gubernatorial campaign
On July 12, 2017, Sharpe announced his 2018 candidacy for Governor of New York, making him the first person to mount a challenge to incumbent Governor Andrew Cuomo. Sharpe received the Libertarian nomination on April 21, 2018, and Andrew Hollister was selected as the Lieutenant Governor nominee for the ticket.
Sharpe's campaign raised $102,596 prior to the first filing deadline, which was second to Andrew Cuomo's re-election campaign. As of October 10, 2018, Sharpe raised $449,515 for his campaign, the highest amount ever raised by a Libertarian gubernatorial candidate in New York. Sharpe in addition was the only candidate in the race to have visited all 62 counties on the campaign trail.
On Election Day, Sharpe received 95,033 votes (1.6%) and came in fourth place behind Cuomo, Republican challenger Marc Molinaro, and Green Party candidate Howie Hawkins. Sharpe's vote total achieved automatic ballot access for the Libertarian Party of New York for the first time in the party's history.
- U.S. Governors
- Gary Johnson, former Governor of New Mexico and Libertarian Party presidential nominee in 2012 and 2016
- William Weld, former Governor of Massachusetts and Libertarian Party vice-presidential nominee in 2016
- U.S. municipal legislators
- Other politicians
- Craig Bowden, 2018 Libertarian candidate for U.S. Senate from Utah
- Joseph Byrne, Trustee on the Valley Central School District Board of Education
- Michelle Darnell, 2017 Libertarian candidate for Washington state representative
- Dale Kerns, 2018 Libertarian candidate for Pennsylvania Senator
- Michael McDermott, 2014 Libertarian nominee for Governor of New York
- Austin Petersen, 2018 Republican candidate for U.S. Senate in Missouri and 2016 Libertarian candidate for President of the United States
- Stevan Porter, 2018 Libertarian candidate for Virginia's 11th congressional district
- James Tosone, 2018 Libertarian nominee for United States Congress, New Jersey District 5
- James Rosenbeck, chairman of the Libertarian Party of New York
- Nickolas Wildstar, 2018 Libertarian candidate for Governor of California
- Television and radio personalities
- Glenn Beck, conservative political commentator and radio host at TheBlaze
- Shannon Joy, WYSL radio host
- Joanne Nosuchinsky, 2013 Miss New York USA and co-host of Mornin'!!! with Bill Schulz
- Evan Roberts, sports radio talk personality and co-host of Joe & Evan
- Joe Rogan, comedian, mixed martial arts color commentator, podcast host, and businessman
- Dave Rubin, political commentator and talk show host, creator and host of The Rubin Report
- Bill Schulz, journalist, television personality and host of Mornin'!!! with Bill Schulz
- Katherine Timpf, comedian, reporter and Fox News television personality
- Commentators, writers, and columnists
- Bob Confer, columnist for the Lockport Union-Sun & Journal and the Niagara Gazette
- Jeremy Frankel, writer for The Daily Wire
- John Stossel, author, journalist and libertarian news commentator
- Matt Welch, journalist at Reason
- Musicians and artists
- Athletes and sports figures
- Social and political activists
2020 vice-presidential campaign
On April 13, 2020, it was announced that Sharpe would again seek the Libertarian Party's nomination for Vice President, as the running mate of 2012 Libertarian vice-presidential nominee Judge Jim Gray. After Gray was eliminated during convention presidential balloting, Sharpe withdrew from the race.
Sharpe supports reducing regulations such as occupational licensing as well as legalizing marijuana and decriminalizing other drugs. Sharpe has advocated for raising revenue for New York by selling naming rights to bridges and highways.
Sharpe considers himself "pro-choice" as well as "anti-abortion". While running for Governor, he vowed to reduce the number of abortions in New York state by increasing availability of other options instead of establishing regulations on abortion.
Sharpe favors marijuana legalization, calling for hemp and marijuana to be "regulated like onions". Sharpe has said he would pardon those convicted of victimless crimes or otherwise non-violent offenses.
Sharpe has supported deregulation to stimulate economic growth, ending the funding of enforcement of unnecessary regulations. In particular, Sharpe has cited occupational licensing as a hurdle to small business, describing mandatory licensing for jobs such as barbers and dog walkers as "barriers to entry and a tax on the poor." Additionally, to reduce the state deficit, Sharpe has called for eliminating unfunded mandates. He has vowed to follow this reduction in state spending with a reduction in property taxes and the ultimate repeal of the New York state income tax.
Sharpe has called for the decentralization of education in New York State and has proposed a "K-10" model, reducing the span of high school to ready students for the workforce and/or college. Sharpe has also rejected standardized testing until high school. He stated, "everyone should be able to opt out of testing at any time....it puts kids who have special needs at a huge disadvantage. Kids who do not test well are labeled as dumb."
Sharpe vowed, if elected, to repeal the NY SAFE Act by 2020 and pardon those convicted under its provisions. Sharpe supports allowing school teachers and staff to carry firearms on school grounds, on a voluntary basis.
- Barsouk, Adam; Van Staden, Martin (2019). Igniting Liberty: Voices for Freedom Around the World. Sharpe, Larry (foreword). ISBN 978-1793165039.
|Working Families||Andrew Cuomo||114,478||1.88%||-1.43%|
|Women's Equality||Andrew Cuomo||27,733||0.45%||-0.96%|
|Total||Andrew Cuomo (incumbent)||3,635,340||59.62%||+5.43%|
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