You may have already responded to my call to run for office and asked
me how to go about it. Don't take it personally if I've failed to
respond to any of your questions. I'm getting more and more emails, so
the percentage of people I can respond to personally is going down. I
need to give priority to questions from Libertarian National Committee
members and Libertarian state chairs. Besides me, we just have three
full-time staff members and three part-time staff, and they are doing
their best to help.
Although we have a small staff, we're busy organizing and
re-engineering our processes to maximize our effectiveness with the
resources you contribute.
Here's a summary of how to run for office as a Libertarian:
1. Fill out this form. The form generates an email to your state party and puts you in our national candidate prospect database.
3. Try to find out the process from your state party for filing an
official candidate application and getting onto the ballot. The process
is different in every state. Also, what may take you ten hours to
figure out on your own may take only ten minutes for a former
candidate, so find former candidates and talk to them.
If there's a race you can win, run for that office. Most Libertarian
wins are in small jurisdictions where it takes less than 1,000 votes to
win. I'm encouraging people who live in major cities, where winning is
less feasible, to run for U.S. Congress. We don't have the resources to
run major national advertising campaigns, but if we put our candidates
on the ballot, they will get some publicity (often free publicity) on
their own. And they are in place in case a major backlash erupts
against the Republicans and Democrats.
Right now, I want to see if you can contact your state party politely
and efficiently to find out the process for getting onto the ballot.
Please be respectful of their time. Keep in mind, our state party
leaders are unpaid volunteers, and some are already pushed to the
limit. Taking up too much of their time could prevent them from getting
an additional candidate onto the ballot. I want you to contact them,
but please don't take an hour of their time expressing your views on
world peace or Medicare.
The earliest deadline to file for U.S. Congress is in Texas (January 4,
2010). The deadline varies by state. It is several months later in some
Your mission is to get your name or help get someone else's name listed here. (The list will be prettied up at some point.)
We post names as we receive approval from state chairs, so get started
on the three steps above if you're willing to run for office. America
needs you now.
Libertarian National Committee
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