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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Libertarian Candidate for Secretary of State, John Buckley, Slams AARP, WV Press Association, and WV Public Broadcasting re Gubernatorial Debate Proposal

(Mathias, WV, May 25, 2016) John Buckley, the Libertarian Party candidate for Secretary of State, today castigated the three proposed hosts of what would be an October “closed-to-the-competition” publicly broadcast debate limited to just the Republican and Democratic candidates for Governor. “Shame on the media and so-called ‘public’ broadcasting,” declared Buckley, “for once again turning their back on the public’s demonstrated interest in considering other candidates.” Libertarian Party candidate for Governor, David Moran, was formally nominated at the party’s May 7 convention, which generated front-page coverage in the Charleston Gazette and in West Virginia’s preeminent weekly business publication, The State Journal.

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West Virginia Libertarians Nominate Aggressive Slate for Fall Elections - Voters Fed up with Choice of Clinton v. Trump Flock to Libertarians

(Flatwoods, WV) The Libertarian Party of West Virginia (“LPWV”) held its best-attended state convention ever over the past weekend, nominated a full slate of candidates for all of the six statewide races (and for congressional, legislative, and local candidates), and kicked off a campaign season vowing to offer voters a viable choice other than Republicans and Democrats.

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Buckley Challenges Tennant and Warner to Series of 5 Debates in Secretary of State Contest

(Mathias, WV) Libertarian candidate for Secretary of State John Buckley congratulates Natalie Tennant and Mac Warner on their respective primary victories for nomination for Secretary of State and calls for a series of 5 debates across West Virginia to contrast their candidacies in the fall election. “It is particularly appropriate for the candidates seeking the statewide office that oversees elections to fully air their platforms and qualifications before the public,” said Buckley. “There’s no better way to see democracy in action than in inclusive public debates,” he added.

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Libertarian State Nominating Convention to Hear from Two Libertarian Presidential Contenders

(Flatwoods, WV) Two contenders for the Libertarian Party nomination for President will address the state nominating convention of the Libertarian Party of West Virginia (LPWV) to be held Saturday, May 7, 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., at the Days Inn Conference Center in Flatwoods, WV. 

Gary Johnson, former two-term Republican Governor of New Mexico and the LP’s nominee for President in 2012, and Austin Petersen, founder of the online news site The Libertarian Republic, both have confirmed their attendance and speaking before the Mountain State’s libertarian faithful. The LPWV state convention is expected to be its largest ever and will elect five delegates to the Libertarian Party’s national convention in Orlando over Memorial Day weekend.

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Second Libertarian to Seek County Office in Cabell County: Jeremy Jarvis for County Clerk

(April 24, 2016, Huntington, WV) Libertarians are on a roll in Cabell County, as Jeremy Jarvis enters the race for County Clerk, joining James Copley for Sheriff. 

Jarvis, a rail traffic controller at CSX Corporation and graduate student in Technology Management at Marshall University, believes the quest for smaller government and greater liberty has particular resonance in local government. “Voters deserve a choice in November at all levels of government, federal, state, and local,” said Jarvis, an almost lifelong resident of Cabell County. “The office of County Clerk is where many citizens interact with the rules and regulations most directly affecting their everyday lives,” said Jarvis. “I would be an advocate for smaller, less intrusive, and more service-oriented government, where public officials and employees treat every county resident as if he or she were a highly-prized customer in a competitive marketplace,” he added. 

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Libertarian to Seek Office of Sheriff of Cabell County: James Copley to Offer Voters a Choice in November

(April 20, 2016, Culloden, WV) The Libertarian Party of West Virginia has its first candidate to announce for Sheriff in the 2016 elections. James Copley of Culloden has determined to run for Sheriff of Cabell County.

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Councilman Joel Davis Running for Mayor of Paden City

Paden City, WV –  A registered Libertarian and City Councilman, Joel Davis is seeking the office of Mayor of Paden City, which straddles Tyler and Wetzel counties on the Ohio River, in a non-partisan election to be held on Tuesday, June 7. Davis currently represents the 2nd Ward of the City and was elected to that post in 2014.

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Morgantown Attorney Eddie Wagoner Announces as Libertarian for House of Delegates

(April 6, 2016, Morgantown, WV) Eddie Wagoner of Monongalia County is the latest Libertarian to throw his hat into the ring for elective office this year. Wagoner, a Morgantown attorney, has announced his candidacy for House of Delegates in the 51st District, a sprawling five-member district comprised of most of Monongalia County.

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Libertarian Party of West Virginia Announces Full Slate for Statewide Offices: Brenton Ricketts to Run for State Auditor

(April 1, 2016, Harpers Ferry, WV) Brenton (“Brent”) Ricketts of Harpers Ferry today announced his candidacy for State Auditor on the ticket of the Libertarian Party of West Virginia. “The foremost obligation of any public servant, and the fundamental job of State Auditor, is to ensure that the public’s hard-earned tax dollars are spent efficiently and honestly. Revenue must be collected according to law, subject to the disinfecting scrutiny of public oversight,” said Ricketts. “If you want a neutral, fiscally responsible conservative overseer of the public finances, you can’t do any better than a tight-fisted Libertarian,” he added.

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