I have met a good number of people, especially over the last 18 months, who have expressed an interest in what the Libertarian Party is about. A significant complaint though is not knowing what a Libertarian in office would look like for them. I totally understand this and I think most Libertarians do too. Beyond the debates and discourse we all may have, what matters far more than words are actions. Since I imagine many of the followers are not receiving the LP News, the official newspaper of the Libertarian Party, I wanted to share a little bit of information with everybody.
It has been part of our mission to interject ourselves into the smaller and more local political stage. Across the country, occurring now and into November, there are Libertarians seeking election into local public positions. These positions range from seats on the Board of Education like Mary and Rueben Eddy in Norwich Connecticut to larger state positions like Joe Little running for State Treasurer in Louisiana. New Jersey has Peter Rohrman and Karese Laguerre going after Governor and Lt. Governor respectively. That’s across the country though, Illinois has its own thing going on.
Would you believe there is a Libertarian Mayor in Illinois? Tami Wessel was elected Mayor of Brockport this past April! There were also several Libertarians elected to school board positions and park districts. In fact, Libertarians in Illinois have grown exponentially! The number of active chapters across the state has grown by more than 300% in the past 2 years!
As more and more people become disillusioned by the Republicans and Democrats, these numbers will continue to grow. If you are interested in reading more from the LP News, just check out the archived issues at www.lp.org/lpnews-archive. The above information and more is from the most recent issue. Like Illinois’ 300% growth, other states have great stories that you can find.
Treasurer, Peoria County Libertarian Central Committee