Texas LP Runs Record Number of Candidates

It’s easy to miss in all the talk of Strayhorn and Friedman… but the Libertarians also have a very active year planned in Texas. In fact, the party has fielded a record number of candidates.

From the Austin American-Statesman:

A record 187 candidates have filed with the Libertarian Party of Texas to run this year for federal, state and district offices across Texas, party officials said.

That surpasses the mark of 110 candidates in 2002 and doesn’t include Libertarians who have filed for county-level offices.

Libertarians have filed to run in 30 of the state’s 32 congressional districts, 11 of the 16 state Senate districts and 97 of the 150 Texas House districts. Libertarians also have filed to run for all statewide elected offices except presiding judge of the Court of Criminal Appeals.

Party officials will submit an official list of the Libertarian candidates to the Texas Secretary of State’s Office by Jan. 12.

The candidates are to be nominated at county and district conventions in March and at the state Libertarian convention in June. A record 187 candidates have filed with the Libertarian Party of Texas to run this year for federal, state and district offices across Texas, party officials said.

That surpasses the mark of 110 candidates in 2002 and doesn’t include Libertarians who have filed for county-level offices.

Libertarians have filed to run in 30 of the state’s 32 congressional districts, 11 of the 16 state Senate districts and 97 of the 150 Texas House districts. Libertarians also have filed to run for all statewide elected offices except presiding judge of the Court of Criminal Appeals.

Party officials will submit an official list of the Libertarian candidates to the Texas Secretary of State’s Office by Jan. 12.

The candidates are to be nominated at county and district conventions in March and at the state Libertarian convention in June.

7 Responses to “Texas LP Runs Record Number of Candidates”

  1. Kyle B Says:

    I wish a third party in Georgia would be this active

  2. Stuart Richards Says:

    Let’s hope a few of those 187 are serious candidates-it does no good to run 187 losers.

  3. George Whitfield Says:

    Hi Stuart,

    Michael Badnarik is definitely a serious candidate. Check out his website at www.badnarik.org

    Best regards.

  4. Joey Dauben Says:

    Stuart, come on, if any one of those statewide candidates (Mr. Whitfield, help me out here) receives 2 to 5% of the vote, the LP has ballot access all over again the next election cycle.

    If I’ve studied correctly.

    I’m not a Libertarian, but will vote for them if I need to. One out of 187 is needed to put the LP on the map for a long time.

    That’s not losing.

    That’s progress.

  5. Rock Howard Says:

    The number is now 210+ candidates. (The original list did not include the county level candidates.)

    There are 6 statewide 2-way races. (These are all judicial races against a Republican.) The 5% required in at least 1 statewide race is therefore a slam dunk this time around.

    There are at least a dozen races where the Libertarian candidate may determine who wins the general election. There was one such election in 2004. House Seat 50 was swung to a Democrat and away from an incumbent Republican who had claimed to be fiscally conservative, but turned out to be a tax-and-spend big government Republican.

    In 2002 an LP candidate ran to the left of an incumbent Democrat to defeat her reelection bid. (She had shafted the LP by killing a ballot access bill that she had previously claimed to support. The ability to run to either to the left or the right gives Libertarian candidates a lot of flexibility when it comes to making trouble for the other candidates.)

    This year we rated all Texas legislators so that we would have more detailed information about who we should target for defeat. We want to demonstrate in 2006 that we can hurt Republicans who are not fiscally conservative enough and Democrats who fail to protect individual freedoms.

  6. Guillermo Acosta Says:

    Hi all. I am one of those 210 candidates. I am the Libertarian candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives District 17.

    There are many reasons why running for office is in itself a success story for the Libertarian Party. First, it gives Libertarian voters an opportunity to let politicians know that they do not have to vote for the lesser of two evils (democrats or republicans,) and that they have ideological colleagues willing to get on the ballot to represent their ideology. Second, as mentioned previously, being on the ballot ensures continuity for the Party as this increases our chances of remaining an official political party in the state. Although there are many more reasons, here is my third and last one. More and more people will know about the Libertarian Party as they look at their voting ballot and see a name followed by something they had never seen before, Libertarian.

    I am proud to be a Libertarian. I have met candidates that cover the whole spectrum; Hispanics (as myself), Caucasians, African Americans, gays, straight, fiscal conservatives, social liberals, and many more. We all, however, have one thing in common; we agree to disagree peacefully and without forcing our ideals on others through the use of government power.

  7. Mark "Rizzn" Hopkins Says:

    I’m campaign manager for the T. Evan Fisher for Texas Legislature Campaign (108th district), and I can assure you a great number of these candidates are quite serious. I have not met all 200+ candidates, but the ones I have seem to not only have the dedication that we have to win their races, but a great number of them have an actual chance to win - something that is not typically expected of a third party candidate. Not only is this year unique for LPers in that Repubs and Dems are falling out of general favor, but political savvy and media savvy for the first time are being applied by LPers to work to win these races.

    As I sit here, I’m only about ten hours past having left the convention, and I can’t describe how jazzed I am by the experience of being surrounded by so many dedicated, involved, and quickly rising candidates, deligates and volunteers.

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