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.
The Libertarian Party of West Virginia hopes each and everyone of you had a great holiday season!
We, the Executive Committee of the LPWV, are excited as we prepare to enter the new year! With our newly gained Official "Major" Party Status in the Mountain State, we are optimistic that 2013 will prove to be the greatest year of growth and advancement in the LPWV since our inception!
During the first quarter of 2013, you will see enhancements made to the website (including a relaunch of 'Network LPWV') that will offer our members and friends access to more news, resources and networking tools than ever before. We will also be integrating the website with our facebook and twitter accounts to offer more ways to stay connected to the LPWV.
In addition to our technology upgrades, we will also be:
The LPWV has a lot to be thankfull for this holiday season:
We all at the LPWV hope you enjoy your holiday and take a moment to think about what you are truly thankful for! Please reflect on this: Your work and dedication to restore the liberties for all the citizens of WV is no small sacrifice . . . you are appreciated and for your comittment, I am thankful!
Michael S. Wilson, J.D.
Your Thankful State Chair!
WEST VIRGINIA - David Moran, the 2012 West Virginia Libertarian Gubernatorial Candidate, successfully received the statutory required percentage of votes (unofficial at the time of this report) to regain 'Major Party' status for the Libertarian Party of West Virginia (LPWV).
"Let me take this opportunity to thank all of you who believe that the principles of the Libertarian Party are essential for the future of West Virginia. We ran a campaign to challenge the existing political structure that has never brought success to West Virginians . . . the success we all hope to attain in the future. We ran the campaign for governor to provide new and specific solutions to the problems that we all face as citizens of this great state. I personally committed myself to a new era of prosperity in our state based upon specific programs for tax reduction and industrial expansion. I will continue to pursue those objectives for the next four years - or as long as it takes - to make West Virginia the greatest state in the union," stated candidate David Moran in an interview this evening.
In West Virginia, a political party is "any affiliation of voters representing any principle or organization which, at the last preceding general election, polled for its candidate for governor at least one percent of the total number of votes cast for all candidates for that office in the state..." [WV Code §3-1-8].
An official political party, as just defined, has automatic access to the General Election ballot and has the right to nominate its candidates in the Primary Election. For the Libertarian Party, at both state and national levels, this victory removes the expense and lost campaign time required to gain ballot access, for each and every candidate, throughout the state through and including the next General Election.
In 1996 Dr. Wallace Johnson ran for Governor in West Virginia and received 2.7% of the popular vote. This earned the Libertarian Party Major (Official) Party status throughout the state - the first non-Democratic/Republican party to be recognized, as such, since 1924.
The Libertarian Party has not held Official Party status in WV since 2000 when in a five-way race the LPWV candidate for Governor, Bob Myers, obtained less than one-percent (1%) of the vote.
Michael Wilson, the LPWV State Chairman stated earlier today, "even though we ran a campaign on a budget at less than one-percent of the other parties, we had a focused plan and never lost sight of our primary objective."
"This election proved victorious for all of West Virginia! We [the LPWV] can now give our candidates at local, county, state and national levels unhindered support for the next four years and will continue to build a strong option for the people of our state," Wilson added.
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!