Zane Lawhorn to Run for U.S. House on Libertarian Party Ticket

(March 28, 2016, Princeton, WV) The Libertarian Party of West Virginia (LPWV) is pleased to announce that Princeton Optometrist Zane Lawhorn has declared his candidacy for United States House of Representatives in the 3rd Congressional District. “The lack of jobs is the single biggest problem facing southern West Virginia,” declared Dr. Lawhorn. “The War on Coal in particular and loss of personal rights and liberties in general are devastating West Virginia,” he explained. “As a non-career politician, I intend to go to Washington and confront our out-of-control Federal Government head-on. You won’t get ‘business as usual’ with Congressman Zane Lawhorn,” he promised.

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Libertarian Couple Announce Candidacies for State Legislature

(March 16, 2016, Mathias, WV) In what may be a first in West Virginia electoral politics, a wife-and-husband couple in Hardy County has announced their candidacies as Libertarians for House of Delegates and State Senate, respectively. Tonya Persinger and her husband, Matt, decided they were tired of political business as usual and that voters deserved a choice on the ballot other than Republicans and Democrats. “We’re for smaller government – economic liberty, reducing taxes, home-schooling and parental rights, hemp and marijuana law reform, helping people voluntarily, 2nd Amendment gun rights, ‘lifestyle’ freedom – but the major parties don’t speak for us anymore,” said Tonya Persinger, who home-schools the couple’s two young boys. Adds Matt, “We’re steadily losing our liberties in this country and our state economy is in dire shape. We want to be able to tell our kids that we did our share to try to turn things around – towards personal liberty, towards economic prosperity, towards the tolerant and productive America our country can be for all.” Tonya Persinger is running for House of Delegates in the 55th District (Hardy and Pendleton Counties). Matt Persinger is seeking election to the State Senate in the 14th District (all or portions of Barbour, Grant, Hardy, Monongalia, Preston, Taylor, and Tucker Counties).

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Libertarians Announce Fifth Statewide Candidate: Buddy Guthrie for Commissioner of Agriculture

(Morgantown, WV) The Libertarian Party of West Virginia today announced the latest of its candidates for statewide office in this critical election year: Buddy Guthrie, of Morgantown, for Commissioner of Agriculture. “Our food system has been turned into a bureaucratic maze of health codes, regulations, licensing, taxation, and other roadblocks that have crushed our small farmers and destroyed innovation. I’m running to bring back free enterprise through deregulation and decentralization to the increasingly bureaucratized field of agriculture in West Virginia,” said Guthrie. “We do not need more laws, more subsidies, and more ‘helping hands’ to support farmers in this state. Instead, the government needs to get out of the way and let both farmers and consumers, exchanging voluntarily, meet our agricultural needs,” he added.

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Travis Simms Announces Candidacy as Libertarian for 32th District House of Delegates

Rainelle, WV (Fayette County) The Libertarian Party of West Virginia today announces yet another Libertarian candidate for the House of Delegates in the 2016 elections: Travis Simms in the primarily Fayette County-based three-member 32nd district. “The biggest problems facing the citizens of West Virginia and, in particular, the people of the 32nd District are the economy and its depressing off-shoot of hopelessness, drug abuse, and population decline,” says Simms. “We need a shake-up in the state legislature and an end to the partisan bickering of Republicans and Democrats. I’ll promote a problem-solving approach that respects the limits of what government programs can accomplish and encourages personal freedom as well as personal responsibility.” “I short, I think it’s time for a Libertarian in the legislature,” he contends.

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West Virginia Libertarians Extend Welcome to “Liberty-Minded” Republicans in Light of Trump Presidential Candidacy

Parkersburg, WV (March 1, 2016)
(contact: John Buckley, LPWV Secretary, 304-897-7868)

“If liberty-minded Republicans – favoring individual liberty, free enterprise, and limited government – are disheartened by the direction of the Republican Party in the wake of the lead Donald Trump holds in the primaries and caucuses thus far,” said Michael Wilson, Chair of the Libertarian Party of West Virginia (LPWV), “the Libertarian Party extends to them a warm welcome to a new home.”

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Libertarian Karl Kolenich Announces for Attorney General

(Buckhannon, WV) Karl Kolenich, an attorney in private practice in Upshur County, today announced his intention to seek the Libertarian Party nomination for Attorney General. “I’ve never viewed myself as a politician,” said Kolenich, a civil attorney and first-time-ever candidate for public office who resides in Buckhannon with his wife and fourteen-year-old daughter, “although I guess everyone says that.”  “I’m running because more than ever the two-party system is broken and I can be part of the solution for better government in West Virginia.” “The rhetoric of the two older parties is divisive,” says Kolenich, “and encourages an ‘us versus them’ mentality in which the spoils of government reward the strongest players and the well-connected.”

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Libertarian Brad Hager Announces Candidacy for 20th District House of Delegates

February 11, 2016, Lenore, WV (Mingo County) Brad Hager today announced his candidacy as a Libertarian running for House of Delegates in the 20th District, encompassing roughly the northern half of Mingo County and a small portion of Logan County. “I think the major parties have let us down,” Hager asserts, “and it’s time for a new direction, some fresh ideas, and a shake-up in Charleston.” He added, “There’s no place in the country that needs a Libertarian more than southern West Virginia. We need someone more effective representing us in Charleston to stand up for the coal industry, the beleaguered taxpayer, and citizens who want an economy that produces jobs and builds prosperity.”

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Libertarian Brent West Announces for State Treasurer, Proposes Salary Concession Due to Budget Crisis

February 3, 2016, Vienna, WV (Wood County) Brent West, a member of the Executive Committee of the Libertarian Party of West Virginia and a former write-in candidate for Mayor of Vienna in 2012, today announced his candidacy for State Treasurer on the Libertarian Party ticket. “Who better to entrust the careful investment and disbursement of taxpayer funds than a parsimonious Libertarian,” said West, a Wood County father of two with 10 years of business management experience. “The Libertarian Party is committed to sound fiscal economics,” he added, “and, since we have no special interests behind us, the public can be assured we’ll be vigilant in managing the public’s money.”

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Libertarian John Buckley Announces for Secretary of State

January 21, 2016, Mathias, WV (Hardy County) John S. Buckley, the 2014 Libertarian candidate for U.S. Senate today announced his candidacy for Secretary of State on the Libertarian Party ticket. “It’s time to open a seat at the table of state government to individuals outside of the disintegrating two-party system,” said Buckley, a former Republican member of the Virginia House of Delegates. “Libertarians have a unique appeal all across the traditional political spectrum in light of our overlap with conservatives on issues of economic freedom and with liberals on issues of personal liberties,” he added. “Libertarian political positions bring people together, in contrast to the divisive rivalries of Republicans and Democrats.”

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Libertarian Party of West Virginia Calls 2016 State Convention

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(Parkersburg, WV) The Libertarian Party of West Virginia (LPWV), the fastest-growing political party in the Mountain State, will hold its 2016 state convention on May 7, 2016, at the Flatwoods Days Inn and Conference Center in Sutton, WV, announced State Chair Michael Wilson. “From all indications of our growth in local county organizations throughout the state, and with the number of registered Libertarians having doubled in the last two years, I think we’ll have the largest turnout we’ve ever seen,” said Wilson.

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