Babiarz Running as Democrat

New Hampshire LP chairman John Babiarz is running for the State Legislature, as a Democrat. Babiarz captured 1.14% of the vote in his 2000 campaign for governor and 2.94% in his 2002 run for the same office.

In his 2002 bid he actually polled better than 10% in a few small towns, one of which was Grafton where he received 12.5% of the vote. This article mentions Grafton as one of the towns he is seeking to represent in the legislature.

From the Boston Globe...

A former Libertarian candidate for governor is running for office again—via the Democratic primary—and the party is not amused.

John Babiarz, 49, chairman of the Libertarian Party of New Hampshire, filed Thursday as a Democratic candidate for the Legislature. Babiarz, of Grafton, is a member of the liberty-loving Free State Project and ran unsuccessfully for governor in 2002. He once served as an adviser to former Republican Gov. Craig Benson, as an appointee to the governor’s council on government efficiency.

Babiarz, a self-employed computer programmer, said he chose to run as a Democrat because of election laws that make it easier to for major-party candidates to run for office. Republican and Democratic candidates are required to pay $2 or collect five signatures from certified voters to get on the ballot; independents and minor-party candidates must pay $2 and collect 150 signatures.

“It’s discriminatory,” said Babiarz, who said he knows of other Libertarians running under other party banners. He is running to represent the towns of Enfield, Canaan, Grafton, Orange and Dorchester. The district currently is represented by Republican Paul Mirski, of Enfield, and Democrats Catherine Mulholland of Grafton and Peter Solomon of Canaan.

Upper Valley Democrats Chairman John Chamberlin pointed out his party’s political philosophy clashes with Libertarians’ focus on individual will.

“The Democratic Party has always been the party of the little guy,” he said. “The Libertarian stuff all seems to be totally me-centric; I’m all right, Jack, just leave me alone, and that’s so antithetical to everything I see as Democratic.”

Chamberlin said he would oppose Babiarz as long as he remains a Libertarian.

Kathy Sullivan, chairwoman of New Hampshire Democratic Party chairwoman, said Libertarians running as Democrats ticket were “blatantly trying to abuse the process by registering as Democrats and running against Democratic candidates in primaries.” She was checking whether the party can withhold support from Libertarians.

So far three candidates have filed for gubernatorial and congressional elections: Dan Belforti of Portsmouth for the 1st District, Chester LaPointe of Concord for the 2nd District and Richard Kahn of Hudson for governor. The filing period ends Friday.

7 Responses to “Babiarz Running as Democrat”

  1. Phil Says:

    He really couldn’t get $2 and 150 signatures? It’s quite unfortunate he chose to do this, he could’ve won as a Libertarian.

  2. George Phillies Says:

    Babiarz could not run as a Libertarian, a point the Globe author perhaps did not realize, no matter how much money and how many signatures he had. New Hampshire does not have minor parties, the article to the contrary. In New Hampshire at this time you can run as Republican, Democrat, or Independent, and nothing else.

    The dozen or so Libertairans who are doing what Babiarz is doing, in both parties, would mostly be delighted to run as “Libertarian’ if the law permitted, but it does not.

  3. Stuart Richards Says:

    It’d be pretty embarrassing if we can’t get back on the ballot on the Free State.

  4. George Phillies Says:

    Getting on the ballot is a point of law issue, and nothing in New Hampshire done after the star tof November 2004 can affect ballot status before 2008.

  5. Richard Winger Says:

    I hate to contradict George Phillies, but his post is incorrect. Candidates who petition themselves onto the general election ballot can choose any partisan label that is not too long and doesn’t mimic the name of a qualified party. New Hampshire law on this point is the same as Massachusetts law on this point. Slightly over half the states give petitioning candidates this freedom to choose any label (if it isn’t too long and doesn’t imitate the name of a qualified party).

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