NC Libertarian Candidate Back on Ballot

When the Libertarian Party of North Carolina lost it’s qualified party status recently, it also cost Richard Norman his own spot on the ballot in his race for a seat on the Winston-Salem City Council. However, with a little hard work Norman has now collected enough signatures to appear as an unaffiliated candidate.

From The Winston-Salem Journal:

Libertarian Richard Norman is back on the Nov. 8 ballot as a candidate for a seat on the Winston-Salem City Council. But this time, he will be running as an unaffiliated candidate.

Norman was taken off the ballot after the State Board of Elections removed the Libertarian Party’s status as an official political party in North Carolina. Registered Libertarians became unaffiliated voters.

Norman is running for a seat in the North Ward, which is now represented by Council Member Nelson Malloy.

To get back on the ballot, Norman had to collect at least 453 signatures, representing 4 percent of the 11,314 registered voters in the North Ward as of Sept. 1.

Election officials certified 456 registered voters who had signed Norman’s petition, said Kathie Chastain Cooper, Forsyth County’s director of elections.

The Forsyth County Board of Elections vot-ed unanimously yesterday to place Norman’s name back on the Nov. 8 ballot.

Norman said he had a lot of help getting the signatures, including Council Member Vernon Robinson, a Republican who is running for re-election to his seat in the South Ward.

“He came out Saturday before last and walked for us for a couple of hours,” Norman said.

About 20 volunteers helped to gather signatures, he said.

Malloy will face a Democratic challenger, Frank Thomas, in the Sept. 27 primary. Norman will face the winner of that primary in November.

Thomas Leinbach is the only other Libertarian who had announced plans to run for office in Forsyth County. He had announced for the Southeast Ward seat being vacated by Council Member Fred Terry.

Leinbach participated last night in a forum for Southeast Ward candidates at St. Andrews United Methodist Church. He said he had not decided whether he would petition to run as an unaffiliated candidate or campaign as a write-in candidate. He also could decide not to run at all.

He had not yet started collecting signatures. He has until Sept. 23 to collect at least 434 signatures, representing 4 percent of the 10,849 voters registered in his ward as of Sept. 1.

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