Record number of Virginia Libertarian candidates aim for 2014 ballot

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RICHMOND, Va. (WTVR) – If it seems like there are more Libertarians entering the political arena this election year that’s because there are –so far at least ten have announced they are running for office, according to the official party website.

Nine Libertarians have their eyes set on U.S. House of Representatives offices in multiple congressional districts, so far.

And Robert Sarvis, previously the Libertarian candidate in the 2013 gubernatorial race, will make a run for Mark Warner’s U.S. Senate seat.  He finished third in the governor’s race, but he made a landmark achievement for a third party candidate in Virginia.

Sarvis received just over 6.5% of the vote, a number that hadn’t been seen for a third party gubernatorial candidate in the South since 1970.

Sarvis doesn’t seem to be done breaking records either. He has made a priority of finding Libertarian candidates to run for the House of Representatives this fall, and his star power has brought many forward.

“He has encouraged many of these candidates to run and his race for Governor mobilized a lot of people and made many politically active for the first time,” said Joe Enroughty, who is one of three who run the “Old Dominion Libertarian Radio Network.”

Justin Upshaw receives the nomination at the Libertarian Party 3rd District Convention at The Robin Inn on Park Avenue.

Justin Upshaw receives the nomination at the Libertarian Party 3rd District Convention at The Robin Inn on Park Avenue.

Tuesday night the Libertarian Party 3rd District held their convention at The Robin Inn on Park Avenue.  Enroughty said that Justin Upshaw received the nomination for the district, which means he will run against Congressman Bobby Scott.

Upshaw became the tenth Libertarian hoping to get on the 2014 Virginia ballot –so far, that is. The 9th District convention will be held Saturday, May 17, in Radford.

Each candidate running for a House of Representatives seat will need 1,000 signatures to get on the ballot.

Sarvis needs 10,000 signatures statewide, including 400 from each Congressional district.

Here are the Libertarian candidates running for office.

Read more on the official Libertarian Party of Virginia website.

 

 

9 comments

  • gERALD

    “And Robert Sarvis, previously the Libertarian candidate in the 2013 gubernatorial race, will make a run for Mark Warner’s U.S. Senate seat.”

    Uh,not really.He’s a Democrat financed candidate designed to split the Republican vote.

    • Carl

      Get Your facts straight Gerald. Stop being brainwashed by your own party and start getting your facts from non biased sources.

    • Norma Earls

      You’re exactly right, gERALD. “Allen” wants to “open your eyes” by referencing an article based on EXIT POLLS, not actual votes and “Carl” wants us to “stop being brainwashed”. The FACTS, Allen and Carl, are easily accessed on campaign contribution sites. The FACT is Sarvis handed VA to Terry “Little Hillary” McCauliffe on a silver platter. Senate elections are the most important this go around and now Sarvis and his libturd bundlers are threatening victory there, also. While I would dearly LOVE to see a Libertarian elected, if it’s obvious they aren’t going to win, they should step aside, instead of handing the election to the enemy. After the gubatorial election, I wouldn’t vote for Sarvis if he was the only one on the ballot.

      • Allen

        What campaign contribution sites are you talking about? Have you asked Sarvis about it? Do you know if he even has met or talked to the “bundler” that you are talking about? How is it, one guy who is WELL KNOWN in Texas as a Libertarian, gives ten grand to a Libertarian PAC to help others get on the ballot turn into making someone a “democrat” funded plant? Because that guys wife gave money to Obama?

      • Good Grief

        Haha I like now Norma cites exit polls as poor evidence that he pulled more votes from McAuliffe than Cuccinelli (as if somehow “votes” could prove this or otherwise?), yet somehow Libertarians giving small amounts of money to Libertarians means he’s a democratic plant who “stole the election” from an extremist neocon whose policy positions are FAR from Libertarian ideology. Give me a break.

  • Mo Fiscal conservatism

    It’s funny, the only thing you dorks on here write about are insults to people you disagree with. “You’re ignorant!!!”, “Open your eyes!!”.
    I bet not one of you has a real job. None of you are movers & shakers I’m willing to bet. Just a bunch of employees with “joby jobs”. And a strong opinion of things you know nothing about.
    But I guess on here you can feel like “somebody”…

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