Welcome to the official website and online community for the Libertarian Party of West Virginia (LPWV). As membership continues to climb, the LPWV is assuming an increasing role in state politics. Whether it is hitting the streets and trying to educate voters or running for election, the LPWV tries to protect liberty for all West Virginians.
The LPWV is neither Democrat nor Republican. Rather, we represent the majority of West Virginians through our conscious efforts to protect liberty by emphasizing individual freedom. We believe each individual has the right to live as they wish, provided they do not infringe on the rights of others. This extremely important concept is what separates the LPWV from the two major parties.
Hello fellow LPWV Members And Interested Parties,
The LPWV will hold a meeting Saturday, September 14th at 1:00pm at Shoney's in Flatwoods WV. Exit 67 on I79.
There will be several items on the agenda. At the top of the list will be the election of a new Chair. Michael Wilson has had to resign because of health reasons. Michael has been a great Chair and is one of the main reasons the LPWV has bounced back with ballot status. I was with him at the Secretary Of State's office getting invalid petition signatures validated so David Moran and Gary Johnson could be on the ballot. The LPWV will miss his efforts and experience. We must move on however. We have gone to far and accomplished too much to stop now. Alan Westfall our Vice Chair will run the meeting and then turn the meeting over to the new Chair once elected. We will have other items we are working on in the agenda so the new Chair does not have to start from scratch.
The LPWV is very happy to announce there are several people interested in running for office in 2014. Interest is in every top ballot slot. That is the US Senate and all House Congressional races. There is also interest in state Senate and Delegate races. We could field as many as 20 candidates in 2014 giving voters real choices.
We still plan to have an awards ceremony in Beckley. We had to postpone it because of this meeting and moved the location to Flatwoods because it is a more central location.
One agenda item we will need to decide on is our method for selecting candidates for office. It does not have to be decided at this meeting but needs to be decided on as soon as possible. WV election code states that when receiving 1% and less than 10% the party has the option of selecting candidates either by convention or primary election. We need to discuss the pros and cons before taking a vote.
Here are some other things we are working on. We have a database that will allow anyone to easily view the voting record of state Senators or Delegates. There is also another database that will allow potential interested candidates to make their intentions knows to everyone on the website. We also have a response to the highway funding study. We just need to have all this set up on our website. All of this is working on a different computer. It just needs migrated to the LPWV website.
Karl Swisher, Treasurer
Libertarian Party Of West Virginia
We would like to welcome our newest members to the LPWV!
Michael Young St. Albans
Robert Pirner Barrackville
James Christiano Charleston
Adam Thompson Bluefield
Jason Manning Morgantown
Brent West Vienna
Josh Scott Charleston
William Streets Poca
Matthew Thompson Bluefield
Jim Ashley II Parkersburg
Active LPWV Members: 28
Active National LP Members in WV: 55
Registered LP Voters in WV: 1448
Historical Total In WV: 2143
2012 LP Vote Totals In WV:
President: 6,182 0.93%
Governor: 8,719 1.33%
Ballot access & major party status 2012 through 2016!!!!!
If such a small group could accomplish these results just think what could be accomplished if more of you joined in with us.
Support the LPWV's efforts by making a donation!