“It is an exciting time to be a Libertarian.”
Keith Laube, former LPIA Chair upon political party status being achieved
Running candidates is nothing new for the Libertarian Party of Iowa, but major changes are in store now that we are an official political party. Here we will take a look at some key election and campaign points to help us win. Part of that victory plan is about educating and recruiting Libertarians to be not only candidates, but also campaign staff, volunteers, voters, and promoters. We have gained considerable electoral experience and exposure as Libertarians in the past six years, but we are still a young party with many members new to electoral politics.
- We have always had candidates who started their campaigns early in an election year, but now our candidates will also file their nomination papers early in the year. Pay attention to the countdown calendar showing how many days remain until candidates must file for the 2018 primary election. That deadline is already less than a year away. If you are thinking about being a candidate, it is not too early to start working on specifics for your campaign.
- We do not want to forget about the 2017 municipal and school board elections. While these are non-partisan elections and positions, that only means there is no official party designation for candidates or elected officials. If you are a Libertarian interested in seeking one of these local offices, we want to hear from you. If there is a county group where you live, go to their meetings, talk with the members, gain supporters, recruit volunteers. If there is no county affiliate, contact your LPIA Central Committee representative. Check out the calendar on our website for filing deadlines.
- We want to build our bench. The bench in political terms means the people of a party in all levels of elected office. Even serving on an appointed board or on the LPIA Central Committee exposes people to your name and builds a reputation. Each level of elected office builds on those items, plus gives you more experience in how to govern effectively. Building the bench is a continuous process, there is never an off year. The goal is to have a wonderful surplus of talented, dedicated, qualified people to run for the top offices each election.
- We want to build the legs of our bench. This is not a much-used description in political circles, but it refers to the people necessary to hold up the bench. This includes the people helping run campaigns, volunteers, donors, voters, supporters who promote the LPIA simply by talking about Libertarians as an option at the polls. It also includes our county and other affiliates and all the people who make sure they are operated efficiently.
- We want you to get to know us, and we want to get to know you. Whether you want to run for office, to be an active party member, or simply to learn more before joining with the Libertarians there are several ways to get in contact with the LPIA, including: Send a private message via LPIA’s Facebook page, send an email to a Central Committee representative, attend a county affiliate’s meeting, stop at a booth set up at various events across the state, and even write a letter.
- We want people to understand why they should give serious consideration to Libertarians at the polls. There have been significant shifts in the law at both the state and federal levels since the 2016 election. Local news has reported on increased property tax rates to add more municipal employees in Des Moines and the imbalance of revenue versus expenditure elsewhere. We are here to listen to the concerns people have, as well as to formulate legislative plans that can help them address those concerns.
- We believe in minimal government, whether that be taxation or regulation. We also believe in maximum freedom, as long as our actions do not harm or endanger others. If you have listened to two Libertarians talk, you know that how those specifics are addressed varies. That is why we are excited to be the fastest-growing party in Iowa and to hold primary elections in 2018. It means more people will be discussing ideas, offering solutions, and volunteering to help elect Libertarians to office. It means a brighter future for us all.
ELECTED OFFICES on 2018 Ballot:
U.S. Congress (Districts 1-4) – Click here for a map of Iowa’s four Congressional Districts
Secretary of State
Secretary of Agriculture
Iowa House (all 100 districts)
Iowa Senate (odd numbered districts 1-50) – Click here for a map of the odd-district seats.
Select County Offices
*In Iowa, political party status requires receiving at least 2% of the votes for the top office each election. That means we must earn at least 2% of the vote for our gubernatorial candidate in 2018 to remain a political party. We can do that, with your help.
REMEMBER: To Vote in the Libertarian Primary on June 5, 2018, you must be a registered Libertarian. You can Register online through the Iowa Department of Transportation’s website.
ELECTED LIBERTARIANS IN IOWA
Nick Taiber-Cedar Falls City Council At-Large
Ryan Ketelsen-Guthrie County Hospital Trustee
Nathan Gentry – Rockwell City City Council
Ryan Ketelsen – Panora City Council
Andrew Smith – West Union City Council
Roxann Swanson – Hartley City Council
Seth Odor – Clinton City Council
Jeremy Rodman – Glenwood City Council