Libertarian Party of Connecticut
|National affiliation||Libertarian Party (United States)|
|Colors||a shade of Blue; Yellow1|
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. 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.
- 1 Sub-affiliates
- 2 Registration and Membership
- 3 Elected Officials
- 4 2018 Candidates
- 5 Election results
- 6 Finances
- 7 Walter Gengarelly Jr. Award
- 8 See also
- 9 References
- 10 External links
- 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.
Registration and Membership
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. As of November 5th, 2018, it was the state's fourth largest party, trailing the Democratic, Republican, and Independent parties.
Voters may also register with the state party itself as either an associate member or a full member. 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."
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.
Gordon Haave was the first Libertarian elected to public office in the state of Connecticut. He was elected in a non-partisan election as a Greenwich Representative Town Meeting member in November, 1995. There have been several people who affiliate with the Libertarian Party elected to local offices on other party ballot lines. Most recently, in November, 2013 Joshua Katz was elected on the Republican line to the Westbrook Planning Commission, and Sean Foley was elected on the Democratic line to the Burlington Board of Finance. There have also been several people affiliated with the Libertarian Party who have served in appointed office. Most recently, Robin Lasky was appointed in June, 2016 to the Branford Solid Waste Management Commission, and Matthew Radant was appointed in November, 2017 to the Plainfield Board of Education.
The following candidates were on the ballot:
US Senate: Richard Lion
US House 2: Daniel Reale
Governor: Rod Hanscomb
Lieutenant Governor: Jeffrey Thibeault
Comptroller: Paul Passarelli
Secretary of State: Heather Gwynn
Treasurer: Jesse Brohinsky
General Assembly 9: Anthony Armetta
General Assembly 65: Kent Johnson
General Assembly 83: Roger Misbach
General Assembly 91: Gary Walsh
An asterisk indicates a multi-member district.
|Governor||Rod Hanscomb, Running mate Jeffrey Thibeault||5,942||0.44%|
|Secretary of State||Heather Gwynn||10,175||0.77%|
|US Senate||Richard Lion||8,627||0.64%|
|US House 2||Daniel Reale||3,297||1.14%|
|G.A. 9||Anthony Armetta||821||12.10%|
|G.A. 65||Kent Johnson||85||1.20%|
|G.A. 83||Roger Misbach||117||1.25%|
|G.A. 91||Gary Walsh||669||7.86%|
The candidates for Norwich city council received a cumulative 10.19% of the vote (2,786 votes for Libertarian candidates out of a total of 27,352 votes cast for the office.)
|Darien - Representative Town Meeting Member 2||Vincent Arguimbau||251||* 9.42%|
|New Milford - Town Council||Michael Sennello||1,502||* 3.09%|
|Norwich - Mayor||William (Bill) Russell||338||6.54%|
|Norwich - City Council||Richard Bright||504||* 1.84%|
|Norwich - City Council||Nicholas Casiano||397||* 1.45%|
|Norwich - City Council||Stacylynn Cottle||462||* 1.69%|
|Norwich - City Council||James Fear Sr||598||* 2.19%|
|Norwich - City Council||Janice Loomis||464||* 1.70%|
|Norwich - City Council||Justin Massaro||361||* 1.32%|
|Plainfield - First Selectman||Daniel Reale||211||7.72%|
|Plainfield - Board of Education||Matthew Radant||620||* 12.65%|
|US Senate||Richard Lion||18,190||1.14%|
|US House 2||Daniel Reale||4,949||1.50%|
|G.A. 9||Richard Lion||1,070||12.90%|
|G.A. 35||Austin Coco||195||1.51%|
|Manchester - Board of Directors||Richard Lion||392||* 0.90%|
|US House 2||Daniel Reale||2,602||1.14%|
|G.A. 9||Richard Lion||830||14.11%|
The candidates for Norwich city council 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.)
|Manchester - Board of Directors||Richard Lion||465||* 1.03%|
|Norwich - Mayor||William Russell||386||8.54%|
|Norwich - City Council||Julia Anne Gorham||669||* 3.29%|
|Norwich - City Council||Axel Rodriguez||614||* 3.02%|
|Norwich - City Council||Cyndia Shook||603||* 2.96%|
|Norwich - City Council||Michael Holman||537||* 2.64%|
|Norwich - City Council||Chandler Alfred Jr.||445||* 2.19%|
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. 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.
|US Senate||Paul Passarelli||25,045||1.66%|
|US House 2||Daniel Reale||3,511||1.17%|
|State Senate 20||Marc Guttman||665||1.65%|
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.
|Secretary of the State||Ken Mosher||8,631||0.78%|
|State Senate 20||Marc Guttman||699||2.18%|
|G.A. 100||John Szewczyk||100||1.02%|
|US House 4||Michael Carrano||2,049||0.66%|
|State Senate 20||Marc Guttman||700||1.59%|
|US House 4||Philip Maymin||3,058||1.45%|
|Secretary of the State||Ken Mosher||13,043||1.25%|
|G.A. 5||Richard Lion||77||3.79%|
|G.A. 82||Arline Dunlop||492||7.44%|
|Meriden - Mayor||Arline Dunlop||1,732||17.25%|
|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%|
|Hartford - Mayor||Richard Lion||564||5.62%|
|Meriden - Mayor||Arline Dunlop||421||3.42%|
|Windham - Mayor||Lori Jeffers||219||6.05%|
|US House 5||Walter Gengarelly||1,503||0.72%|
|Secretary of the State||Darlene Nicholas||13,922||1.46%|
|G.A. 33||Vincent Marotta||125||2.16%|
|G.A. 82||Arline Dunlop||158||2.37%|
|Hartford - Mayor||Richard Lion||260||2.25%|
|Meriden - Mayor||Arline Dunlop||240||1.72%|
|Windham - Mayor||Lori Jeffers||216||5.76%|
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.
|US Senate||Wildey Moore||8,773||0.67%|
|US House 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. 46||William Russell||63||0.94%|
|G.A. 49||William Rood||896||15.85%|
|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%|
|Bethlehem - Mayor||George Eggert||147||10.54%|
|Meriden - Mayor||Arline Dunlop||683||6.54%|
|Oxford - Mayor||John Joy||180||5.92%|
|Windham - Mayor||Ken Mosher||169||5.39%|
|US Senate||Wildey Moore||5,196||0.54%|
|US House 4||Marshall Harrison||1,449||1.06%|
|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%|
|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%|
|US House 4||Edward Tonkin||2,815||1.40%|
|US House 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%|
The finances of the Libertarian Party of Connecticut State Central Committee are public record. Its 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 expenses and the purchase of literature and products for election advertising, such as yard signs, handouts, and DVDs. It does not have a regularly paid staff.
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Walter Gengarelly Jr. Award
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." 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 died in 2010 in the midst of a campaign for the 5th Congressional District.
|2013||Bradley (Chelsea) Manning|
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