We are pleased to announce the official agenda of the 2016 Libertarian Party of West Virginia Nominating Convention. This shall prove to be the largest and most informative event in the history of the LPWV. 

Saturday, May 7, 2016
Time: 9:00am through 6:00pm
Location: Flatwoods, WV
Venue: Sutton Days Inn & Conference Center, Flatwoods, WV
Cost: FREE (lunch on your own)

There will be a social from 6:00-9:00pm (Friday, May 6) in the Governor's Suite at the hotel - all convention attendees are welcome to join us at this event. There is no cost to attend, but donations are welcome at the door, or via the link to the right.

  RSVP NOW - Cost is FREE

Donate & Support the Convention

With the overwhelming number of RSVPs for this event, it is strongly encouraged that all attendees be at the convention center by 8:00am on Saturday, May 7. The first 150 registrants will receive the convention kit, including: an LP tote/backpack, an LPWV ink pen, a convention program, an LP bumper sticker, and a copy of David Moran's book "All Mountaineers are Libertarian."



PLEASE NOTE: In order to be a voting member at the LPWV Nominating Convention, you must be a registered libertarian voter with the WV Secretary of State on or before March 31, 2016. You can register to vote (or update your voter registration) online in a few minutes by following the link below. 




A block of rooms have been reserved for Friday and Saturday nights at a special rate of $89.99+tax for 1-2 occupants or $99.99+tax for 3-4 occupants. To reserve your room, call (304) 765-2032 and tell them your are with the "Libertarian Party of West Virginia". This block of rooms and special rate may expire on April 22, 2016 (or anytime thereafter), so please make your reservations now. 

Directions to the Hotel and Convention Center can be found at the bottom of this page. 

Hotel Reservations


Hotel Information


Interested in the great outdoors, there is a KOA campground immediately behind the hotel and conference center. You can find out more about the campground and book your reservation by visiting the following:

KOA Information






Gary Johnson

Austin Petersen

Wes Benedict

Carla Howell

James Lark

Ashley Stinnett

Del. Pay McGeehan

John Buckley



Convention Staff

Michael Wilson

Karl Swisher

William Hess

Perry Knopp

Ericka Klie Kolenich



State & Federal Candidates Appearing

Gary Johnson

Austin Petersen


Karl Kolenich

John Buckley

Brent West

Brent Ricketts

Buddy Guthrie

Zane Lawhorn 




8:00am - 9:00am Registration
Morning Refreshments

Registration will begin at 8:00am. It is strongly encouraged that you arrive as early as possible to expedite the registration process.  

During the morning registration, beverages and doughnuts will be available in the Hospitality Suite (Governor’s Suite).
Sponsored by John Buckley for Secretary of State


9:00am - 9:15am Call to Order
National Anthem
Introduction / Agenda


9:15am - 10:30am LPWV Candidate Presentations
  • David Moran for Governor
  • Karl Kolenich for Attorney General
  • John Buckley for Secretary of State
  • Buddy Guthrie for Commissioner of Agriculture
  • Brent West for Treasurer
  • Brent Ricketts for Auditor
  • Zane Lawhorn for U.S. House, 3rd Dist.
  • Matt Persinger for State Senate, 13th Dist. 
  • Travis Simms for House of Delegates, 32nd Dist.
  • Michael Ray for House of Delegates, 50th Dist.
  • Eddie Wagoner for House of Delegates, 51st Dist.
  • Tonya Persinger for House of Delegates, 55th Dist. 
  • James Copley for Cabell County Sheriff 
  • Amanda Shultz for Pleasants Co. Board of Ed.
  • Joel Davis for Paden City Mayor

10:30am - Registration Cut-Off for Voting Attendee Registration


10:30am - 10:45am Morning Recess

10:45am - End of nominations for candidates for public office and delegates to the LP National Convention. 


10:45am - 11:15am Austin Petersen


11:15am - 11:45am Gary Johnson


11:45am - 12:00pm Credentials Committee Report
Morning Announcements
Voting Instructions


12:00pm - 1:00pm Lunch Recess

During the lunch recess, cookies will be available in the Hospitality Suite.
Sponsored by Karl Kolenich for Attorney General

12:30 - 1:10pm Ballot Pickup Period

12:30 – 2:00pm Voting Period


1:00pm - 1:10pm Final Voting Instructions

1:10pm Ballot Distribution Closes


1:10pm - 1:30pm "State of the LP Address"

Presented by Dr. James Lark,
Regional Representative, Libertarian National Committee


1:30pm - 2:00pm "Vote Libertarian Initiative"

Presented by John Buckley,
LPWV Secretary and Candidate for Secretary of State

2:00pm Deadline for Casting Ballot


2:00pm - 3:00pm "Fundraising Strategies"

Presented by Wes Benedict,
Executive Director, Libertarian National Committee


3:00pm - 3:15pm Afternoon Recess


3:15pm - 3:40pm "Legislative Advocacy"

Presented by Ashley Stinnett,
Chairman, WV Republican Liberty Caucus
Delegate Pat McGeehan, R-1, Chester, WV


3:40pm - 3:45pm Election Results

Election Results: Candidates Nominated and Delegates Elected


3:45pm - 4:15pm "Engagement and Outreach"

Presented by John Buckley,
LPWV Secretary and Candidate for Secretary of State


4:15pm - 6:00pm Candidate Training, "Who's Driving"

Presented by Carla Howell,
Political Director, Libertarian National Committee


6:00pm - 7:00pm Post Convention Social

Sponsored by David Moran for Governor


The convention schedule and speakers are subject to change without notice. 


Area Dining:


1 Minute


Custard Stand
1 Minute


1 Minute


Lloyd's Restaurant
1 Minute


1 Minute


1 Minute


Waffle Hut
1 Minute


China Buffet
3 Minutes


3 Minutes


Stancati's Pizza
5 Minutes


P.J. Berry's
7 Minutes


Long John Silvers
11 Minutes


Dairy Queen
12 Minutes


Vae's Diner
12 Minutes


Pizza Hut
15 Minutes




Directions to Convention Center:


 Convention Directions