Libertarian Party of New Hampshire

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Libertarian Party of New Hampshire
Chairperson Darryl W. Perry
Founded 1971
Headquarters Concord, New Hampshire
Ideology Libertarianism, Classical liberalism
National affiliation Libertarian Party
Colors a shade of Gray or Blue; Gold
Statewide Offices
0 / 6
State Senate
0 / 24
State House
2 / 400
Local Elected Offices >20
Website
Official Website

Libertarian Party of New Hampshire is the New Hampshire affiliate of the Libertarian Party of the United States. It is currently the third largest political party in the state of New Hampshire and is a ballot qualified party. There are currently two seats in the New Hampshire House of Representatives held by its members. The party's current Chair is Darryl W. Perry.

History[edit]

First House Libertarian Caucus[edit]

On July 16, 1991, Calvin Warburton became the first sitting legislator to switch parties to the Libertarian Party, and the first Libertarian legislator in the contiguous 48 states. Warburton was serving his seventh term as a Republican state representative in New Hampshire when, at age 81, he switched to the Libertarian Party.[1] In 1992, four Libertarians were elected to the New Hampshire House of Representatives: Warburton (who was re-elected to an eighth term), Andy Borsa, Don Gorman, and Finlay Rothhaus. The four formed an officially recognized Libertarian Caucus with Gorman as the Libertarian Floor Leader. From 1973 to 1976, Gorman had served in the legislature as a Republican.[2] In 1994, Don Gorman was re-elected to the New Hampshire House of Representatives along with Jim McClarin.[3]

Interim period[edit]

Prior to the 2000 election, Steve Vaillancourt, then a a two-term incumbent Democratic member of the House of Representatives, switched his party affiliation to Libertarian. Rep. Vaillancourt was successfully elected to the chamber as such and was the only Libertarian member during this period. Prior to the 2002 election, Rep. Vaillancourt switched his party affiliation to Republican. He was re-elected, becoming the first and only member of the New Hampshire House of Representatives to have served under the banner of all three contemporary parties.

Second House Libertarian Caucus[edit]

State Representative Caleb Q. Dyer changed his party affiliation from Republican to Libertarian on February 9, 2017.[4] On May 10, 2017, State Representative Joseph Stallcop switched his party affiliation from Democratic to Libertarian. His announcement was broadcast via Facebook live.[5] Following this announcement, the two formally requested a meeting space in the Legislative Office Building for caucusing prior to session. The caucus held their first meeting on May 18, 2017.

Officeholders (past and present)[edit]

Past and present members of the General Court[edit]

  • Joseph Stallcop - Representative, Keene - Cheshire 4 (2017-present)
  • Caleb Q. Dyer - Representative, Pelham - Hillsborough 37 (2017-present)
  • Max Abramson - Representative, Seabrook - Rockingham 20 (2016)
  • Steve Vaillancourt - Representative, Manchester - Hillsborough 15 (2000-2002)
  • Jim McClarin - Representative, Nashua - Hillsborough 8** (1994-1995)
  • Donald Gorman - Representative, Deerfield - Rockingham 4** (1992-1996)
  • Finlay Rothhaus - Representative, Merrimack - Hillsborough 12** (1991-1996)
  • Andy Borsa - Representative, Pelham - Hillsborough 44** (1992-1994)
  • Calvin Warburton - Representative, Raymond - Rockingham 12** (1991-1994)
**indicates that the district number has since changed after redistricting

Local officeholders[edit]

  • John Babiarz - Chief, Grafton Fire Department; Trustee, Grafton Cemetery; Justice of the Peace
  • Rosalie Babiarz - Chair, Grafton Planning Board; Supervisor of the Checklist, Town of Grafton; Justice of the Peace; Auditor, Town of Grafton; Clerk, Grafton Public School District
  • Dawn Lincoln - Clerk, Winchester School Board
  • Rich Tomasso - Vice Chair, Nashua Conservation Committee
  • Steve Bacon - Member, Greenland Town Budget Committee
  • Charles Carroll - Member, Rindge Planning Commission
  • Stephen G. Davis - Moderator, Town of Wentworth; Moderator, Wentworth School District
  • William Discipio - Member, Sandown Budget Committee
  • Eugene J. Donohue - Member, Marlboro Town & School Budget Committee
  • John Drabinowicz - Vice Chair, Hudson Town Budget Committee
  • Jeffrey Emery - Supervisor of the Checklist, Town of Wentworth
  • Mary Gere - Selectman, Town of Unity
  • Donald Gorman - Trustee, Deerfield Town Trust Fund; Member, Deerfield School Board; Chair, Deerfield Zoning Board of Adjustment
  • David Marshall - Supervisor of the Checklist, Town of Wilmot
  • Jim McIntosh - Assistant Chairman, Lisbon Regional School Board
  • Richard Meyers - Member, Merrimack Zoning Board of Adjustment
  • Susan M. Newell - Member, Winchester Town Budget Committee
  • Paul Pinette - Member, Kingston Library Board of Trustees
  • Regan Pride - Selectman, Town of Lisbon
  • Boyd Quackenbush - Vice Chair, Antrim Zoning Board of Adjustment
  • Finlay Rothhaus - Member, Merrimack Budget Committee
  • Daniel John Stafford - Member, Canaan Planning Board
  • Robert C. Stock - Stafford Regional Planning Commissioner; Member, Barrington Planning Board; Chair, Barrington Board Of Selectmen; Chair, Barrington Advisory Budget Committee.
  • David K. Sullivan - Member, North Conway Town Budget Committee
  • George P. Tyler - Member, Laconia Airport Authority
  • James K. Wallack - Member, Londonderry Economic Development Committee
  • Howard Wilson - Trustee of Trust Funds, Town of Andover

Election results in statewide races[edit]

2016[edit]

Candidate(s) Office(s) Votes  %
Gary Johnson/Bill Weld President/Vice President 30,694 4.12%
Brian Chabot US Senate 12,597 1.70%
Robert Lombardo US Congress (1st District) 5,507 1.51%
John Babiarz (listed as Independent*) US Congress (2nd District) 17,076 4.88%
Max Abramson Governor 31,243 4.29%
  • John Babiarz is a member of the Libertarian Party of New Hampshire but petitioned onto the ballot as an independent candidate.

2014[edit]

Candidate(s) Office(s) Votes  %
None US Senate 0 0
None US Congress (1st District) 0 0
None US Congress (2nd District) 0 0
None Governor 0 0

2012[edit]

Candidate(s) Office(s) Votes  %
Gary Johnson/Jim Gray President/Vice President 8,233 1.2%
Brendan Kelly US Congress (1st District) 14,968 4.3%
Hardy Macia US Congress (2nd District) 14,656 4.4%
John Babiarz Governor 19,635 2.9%

2010[edit]

Candidate(s) Office(s) Votes  %
Ken Blevens US Senate 4,754 1.05%
Philip Hodson US Congress (1st District) 7,966 3.54%
Howard L. Wilson US Congress (2nd District) 4,796 2.13%
John Babiarz Governor 10,089 2.29%

2008[edit]

Candidate(s) Office(s) Votes  %
Bob Barr/Wayne Allyn Root President/Vice President 2,217 0.31%
George Phillies/Chris Bennett President/Vice President 531 0.075%
Ken Blevens US Senate 21,516 3.1%
Robert Kingsbury US Congress (1st District) 8,100 2.37%
Chester L. Lapointe, II US Congress (2nd District) 7,121 2.1%
Susan Newell Governor 14,987 2.19%

References[edit]

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  5. ^ Foley, Meghan (11 May 2017). "Keene state representative leaves Democratic party". SentinelSource.com. The Keene Sentinel. Retrieved 11 May 2017. 

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