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LP NY welcomes elected official, ballot access wins in Maine & Va., and more

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News from the Libertarian Party:

LP in New York welcomes elected official known as “taxpayers’ watchdog”

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Mike Becallo, Libertarian town councilor in Cicero, N.Y.

On June 29, the Libertarian Party welcomed Mike Becallo, a town councilor from Cicero, N.Y., who switched his political affiliation to the Libertarian Party.

The Libertarian Party of Onodaga County credits Becallo, known as the “taxpayers’ watchdog,” as having been a champion of liberty since he was elected there in 2014.

“In my time in office,” Becallo said about his switch, “I have met many disenfranchised voters who are fed up with the political system. I want to give them another option.”

Read more here.

Virginia LP gubernatorial candidate on the ballot

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Cliff Hyra, Libertarian candidate for governor of Virginia

Cliff Hyra, the 2017 Libertarian Party candidate for Virginia governor, will appear on the ballot this November. The Virginia Department of Elections has confirmed that the campaign submitted more than 10,000 valid signatures from registered voters, with at least 400 signatures from each of the state’s 11 congressional districts.

Hyra will be the only choice on the Nov. 2017 ballot, other than the Republican and Democratic nominees.

Read more here.

Hyra for Governor campaign website:

Libertarian Party now qualified in Maine

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The Maine Libertarian Party is now recognized by the state, as bill L.D. 1571 became law last week.

To get onto the 2016 ballot, the party needed at least 5,000 voters registered by Dec. 2015, which it accomplished. Under the old law, however, the party needed to have at least 10,000 of its registered voters participate in the 2016 election. Currently, the party has more than 6,000 registered voters.

Click here to read the full article in Ballot Access News.

‘Libertarians Working for You!’ episodes covering ballot access, environmental solutions, digital currency, and more

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New episodes of the “Libertarians Working for You!” talk radio show, hosted by LNC Vice Chair Arvin Vohra, are now available online.

  • June 27 episode with guests Richard Light, 2018 Libertarian candidate for governor of Maine, Mark Boler, Libertarian candidate for U.S. House in Texas’s District 26, and Alicia Dearn, chair of LP San Diego.  Listen here.
  • June 20 episode with guest Mike Shipley, secretary of LP Arizona, on their campaign for a lower-cost initiative process. Topics also include the “roads” argument for big government and the moral duty of jurors.  Listen here.
  • June 13 episode with guests Travis Hallman, administrator of the “Ask a Libertarian” Facebook page, and Aaron Wright, elected Libertarian member of Collinsville (Ill.) Recreation Board (Illinois).  Listen here.

Upcoming state LP conventions

Visit for newly announced LP state conventions and updates to those listed here.

Kentucky: Aug. 5
Massachusetts: October Exact date(s) TBD in Massachusetts
Michigan: July 29
Missouri: July 22
Nebraska: (TBD) Date TBD in Nebraska
North Carolina: Aug. 11–13
South Carolina: Nov. 4
South Dakota: July 22


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