Nicholas Sarwark

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Nicholas Sarwark
Nicholas Sarwark in Phoenix October 2016.jpg
Chair of the Libertarian National Committee
Assumed office
June 29, 2014
Preceded by Geoff Neale
Chair of the Libertarian Party of Maryland
In office
2001–2003
Preceded by Steve Boone
Succeeded by Chip Spangler
Personal details
Born Nicholas J. Sarwark
(1979-08-27) August 27, 1979 (age 39)
Phoenix, Arizona, U.S.
Political party Libertarian
Spouse(s)
Valerie Sarwark (m. 2009)
Children 3
Residence Phoenix, Arizona, U.S.
Alma mater Washington Adventist University
American University[1]
Website Official website

Nicholas J. Sarwark (born August 27, 1979)[2] is the incumbent chairman of the Libertarian National Committee (LNC), the executive body of the Libertarian Party (LP) of the United States. Prior to his election to that position in 2014,[3] he served on several of the LP's national committees, as well as chair of the Libertarian Party of Maryland, and as vice chair of the Libertarian Party of Colorado.[4] He is currently running for Mayor of Phoenix in the 2018 mayoral election.

Early life and education[edit]

Sarwark was born on August 27, 1979 in Phoenix, Arizona. He attended community college while still attending high school. He graduated from Washington Adventist University in 1998 and joined the Libertarian Party in 1999. Sarwark received his Juris Doctor from American University’s Washington College of Law in 2008 cum laude.

Career[edit]

Sarwark is vice president of his family's used-car dealership, responsible for "Assisting the President in all aspects of managing the oldest used car dealership in Phoenix."[5][6]

Sarwark was elected as Libertarian National Committee chair by the delegates of the 2014 Libertarian National Convention in Columbus, Ohio on June 29, 2014, defeating incumbent chairman Geoff Neale who had served two non-consecutive terms as chair of the LNC.[3] He was re-elected as chairman of the Libertarian National Committee at the Libertarian National Convention in 2016 and again in 2018.

He was a deputy public defender in the state of Colorado. He is also a businessman with experience in computer consulting and sales.[4]

Personal life[edit]

Sarwark formerly resided in Denver, with his wife and three children,[4] where he served as vice chair of the Colorado Libertarian Party.[7]  Before that, he lived in Maryland, where he served as chair of the Libertarian Party of Maryland.[7]

He and his family moved to Phoenix, Arizona, his hometown, in 2014.[8]

He owns a used-car dealership.[5][6]

Controversies[edit]

Feud with Mises Institute[edit]

Sarwark faced criticism in August 2017 when he attacked the Ludwig von Mises Institute and Tom Woods on Twitter for reviving Murray Rothbard's strategy to rally the populist and anti-establishment Right behind paleolibertarianism, an anarcho-capitalist movement aimed at preserving traditionally Western, European-American culture.[9] Sarwark also criticized Woods and the Mises Institute for failing to dissociate from and denounce the support of far-right individuals, especially neo-Nazis, after a fatal white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia.[10]

Stratfor conspiracy[edit]

In March 2018, the Free Thought Project published an article[11] stating that they received a tip that Nicholas Sarwark's name appeared in a list of Stratfor's clients published by Wikileaks in 2011. It was confirmed that the address listed was one of Sarwark's family owned businesses and insinuated this proved that Sarwark had a relationship with Stratfor either as a client or informant. Sarwark stated[12] that "The Excel spreadsheet is a list of gift memberships to Stratfor’s email newsletter. My brother-in-law bought me a one-year gift subscription for Christmas in 2008. I did not renew after it expired," which some Libertarian's felt was not truthful. Reporting[13] by the Libertarian Vindicator showed that Sarwark's statement lined up with Stratfor's statement[14] in 2011 that what was acquired in the hack was a list of subscribers and not clients and an article[15] by The Atlantic stated that Stratfor's appearance as a "shadow CIA" was good marketing and is not an accurate label.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Libertarian Party Chair and WAU Grad Talks About Freedom". spectrummagazine.org. 
  2. ^ "Nicholas Sarwark - Libertarian Party". 
  3. ^ a b Harper, Jennifer (June 30, 2014). "Inside the Beltway: Libertarians shift into aggressive mode". The Washington Times. Retrieved July 3, 2014. 
  4. ^ a b c "Libertarians elect new leadership". Westmoreland Times. July 3, 2014. Archived from the original on July 6, 2014. Retrieved July 3, 2014. 
  5. ^ a b Sarward, Nicholas. "Nicholas Sarwark". LinkedIn. Retrieved 10 February 2018. 
  6. ^ a b "Sarwark's Consolidated Auto Sales". Sarwark's Consolidated Auto Sales. Sarwark's Consolidated Auto Sales. Retrieved 10 February 2018. 
  7. ^ a b "News from 2014 Libertarian Party National Convention," lpmaryland.org (1 July 2014, updated 27 August 2014).
  8. ^ Duda, Jeremy. "Nicholas Sarwark: A Libertarian born and bred in Arizona – Arizona Capitol Times". azcapitoltimes.com. 
  9. ^ "Flame War Rages Between Tom Woods And Nick Sarwark Over Libertarian Party Purge of Racists". TheJackNews. September 7, 2017. Retrieved October 28, 2017. 
  10. ^ "646: Nick Sarwark Talks About the LP, White Nationalism, and Tom Woods". August 31, 2017. Retrieved October 28, 2017. 
  11. ^ "EXCLUSIVE: Head Of Libertarian Party Named In Wikileaks List Of Secret US Intelligence Assets". The Free Thought Project. 2018-03-17. Retrieved 2018-03-25. 
  12. ^ "Commissar Nick Sarwark Digs His Hole Deeper". Libertarian Party of Bradford County. 2018-03-18. Retrieved 2018-03-25. 
  13. ^ "Nicholas Sarwark Conspiracy Theory Falls Flat". THE LIBERTARIAN VINDICATOR. 2018-03-20. Retrieved 2018-03-25. 
  14. ^ "Confidential Client List Safe from Anonymous, Says Hacker Target". PCWorld. Retrieved 2018-03-25. 
  15. ^ Fisher, Max. "Stratfor Is a Joke and So Is Wikileaks for Taking It Seriously". The Atlantic. Retrieved 2018-03-25. 

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Party political offices
Preceded by
Geoff Neale
Chairman of the Libertarian National Committee
2014-Present
Incumbent