About the LPWV

Welcome to the official website and online community for the Libertarian Party of West Virginia (LPWV). As membership continues to climb, the LPWV is assuming an increasing role in state politics. Whether it is hitting the streets and trying to educate voters or running for election, the LPWV strives to protect liberty for all West Virginians.

The LPWV is neither Democrat nor Republican. Rather, we represent the majority of West Virginians through our conscious efforts to protect liberty by emphasizing individual freedom. We believe each individual has the right to live as they wish, provided they do not infringe on the rights of others. This extremely important concept is what separates the LPWV from the two major parties.



Substantially reduce the size and intrusiveness of government and cut all taxes.

Let peaceful, honest people offer their goods and services to willing consumers without a hassle from government.

Let peaceful, honest people decide for themselves what to eat, drink, read, or smoke and how to dress, medicate themselves or make love, without fear of criminal penalties.

The U.S. government should defend Americans and their property in America and let the U.S. taxpayer off the hook for the defense bill of wealthy countries like Germany and Japan.


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    Libertarians Dare GOP on Passing Tax Increase

    (Parkersburg, WV, June 2, 2016) - “It’s a crazy election year all over the country,” says Michael Wilson, Chair of the Libertarian Party of West Virginia, “and nowhere more so than here in West Virginia where, astonishingly, the first Republican-controlled legislature in nearly 80 years is on the verge of passing an increase in the sales tax or an even greater increase in tobacco taxes than was already rejected in the House of Delegates.” “Republicans talk a good game about smaller government and then turn around and betray their putative principles every time,” Wilson observed.

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    Consistent Growth All Over the State

    Consistent growth all over the state; biggest state convention we’ve ever held set for Sat., May 7 (see last paragraph below)


    There’s been no winter hibernation for the Libertarian Party in the Mountain State. Although the weather keep outdoor activities to a minimum, LPWV political growth has continued unabated. Case in point: as many have been seeing on the LPWV Facebook page (Facebook.com/thelpwv) and on this web site, our party is going to be the first party other than the Ds and Rs ever to field a full slate for all six statewide offices. Four of our six candidates have already announced publicly: David Moran (of Preston County) for Governor, Karl Kolenich (of Upshur County) for Attorney General, John Buckley (of Hardy County) for Secretary of State, and Brent West (of Wood County) for Treasurer. LP candidates for the remaining two statewide posts – Auditor and Commissioner of Agriculture – will be announced shortly.

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