Libertarian Party of Tennessee
|National affiliation||Libertarian Party (United States)|
|Colors||a shade of Gray; Yellow|
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. The party's annual convention is held in Murfreesboro, Tennessee.
- 1 Ballot access
- 2 Current leadership and elected officials
- 3 College Libertarian Chapters
- 4 Notable Tennessee Libertarians
- 5 See also
- 6 References
- 7 External links
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. 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.
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.
Current leadership and elected officials
State Party Leaders
- Jim Tomasik, Chair
- Donn Janes, Vice Chair
- Daniel Lewis, Secretary
- Mary Phelps, Treasurer
County and Regional Leaders
- Erika Ebel, Valley Region
- Jeff Allen, Heartland Region
- Paul Teague, Delta Region
- David Hughes, Anderson County
- Chris Conn, Benton County
- Jay King, Carroll County
- Chris Snyder, Cocke County
- Daniel Lewis, Davidson County
- Jeremy Clifton, Hamilton County
- Terry Rowe, Putnam County
- Barry Simmons, Shelby County
- Cam McConnell, Sumner County
- Cheryl Webb, Tipton County
- Jeff Wright, White County
- David McGraw, Williamson County
- David Blau, LNC (alternative)
- Mike Sexton, Union County Commissioner, District 6
College Libertarian Chapters
College Libertarians of UT-Martin (University of Tennessee – Martin)
Notable Tennessee Libertarians
- Libertarian Party of the United States
- List of state Libertarian Parties in the United States
- Outright Libertarians
- Tennessee Republican Party
- Tennessee Democratic Party
- Political party strength in Tennessee
- Campaign for Liberty
- , "Minor Parties Win Tennessee Ballot Access Lawsuit" Ballot Access News Retrieved 2011-09-21.
- "2013 Libertarian Party Tennessee State Convention". LPTN. Retrieved March 16, 2014.
-  Plaintiff Memorandum: Libertarian Party v. Goins United States District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee, Nashville Division.
-  Plaintiff Memorandum: Libertarian Party v. Goins United States District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee, Nashville Division. p. 6 para 2.
-  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.