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Alaska Libertarian Party

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Libertarian Party of Alaska
AbbreviationALP
ChairmanJon Briggs Watts
Founded1974; 46 years ago (1974)
HeadquartersAnchorage, Alaska
Membership (November 3, 2019)7,251[1]
IdeologyLibertarianism
Colorsa shade of Blue; Yellow
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Website
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The Libertarian Party of Alaska is the affiliate of the Libertarian Party (LP) in Alaska, headquartered in Anchorage.

It is the third-largest active[a] party in Alaska and has the highest percentage of registered Libertarians of any state.[2] Since 2012 candidates running as Libertarians who have won the Democratic-Libertarian-Independence primary have always polled between 5% to 30% in at least one state or federal election every election.

Since Libertarian presidential candidates were on the ballot in 1976, Alaska has been a stronghold for Libertarians with it being their best-performing state in every election until 1992 and was in the top five except in 2004 and 2008 and many of the first offices held by Libertarians were in Alaska.

History

The Alaskan Libertarian Party was founded shortly after the national party and grew to become a stronghold for the new party in the late seventies and throughout the eighties. In 1973 John Hospers and Tonie Nathan, the party's 1972 presidential and vice presidential nominees, spoke at the party's first state convention in Fairbanks to fifty members of the party.[3][4] During the 1980 Presidential election Ed Clark and Eugene McCarthy both appeared and spoke at their state convention.[5] Two years later the party gained the most votes for a non-write in third party candidate for governor with Dick Randolph receiving 14.91% of the vote and would maintain it until 1990. However, in 1985 Randolph left to run as a Republican in the 1986 gubernatorial election.[6] Despite the success in 1982 the 1986 Alaska gubernatorial election proved to be a failure as the party leadership rejected the primary winner, Mary O'Brannon, and after failing to remove her with a lawsuit due to her failing to meet the residency requirements they instead chose to launch a write-in campaign with the lieutenant governor candidate and runner up in the primary, Ed Hoch, as their candidate.[7][8] O'Brannon defeated Hoch in terms of popular vote with 1,050 against his 107 write-in votes, but she had lost over 14% and 28,000 votes from Randolph's 1982 campaign.[9] Also in 1986 Andre Marrou, the only sitting Libertarian in a state legislature at the time, lost reelection to the state house.[10] In 1988 the party was successful in placing three legislature candidates on the ballot after the state Supreme Court ruled the filing deadline to be unconstitutional.[11] In 1992 the Alaskan affiliate along with the state's Constitution Party affiliate won a lawsuit against the Alaskan state Elections Division after both of their presidential ballot petitions were rejected.[12]

From 2009 to 2010 the party was engaged in a voter registration drive to reach 9,786 registered voters due to a 2004 bill that changed the Alaskan party qualification rules so that a party using the registration test must have registration of 3% of the last vote cast resulting in mid-term years having higher voter registration amounts needed than presidential election years. From April to June 2009 party registration increased by over 1,000 voters.[13][14]

In 2016, Cean Stevens withdrew after winning the state Libertarian primary to allow Republican Party member and Tea Party favorite nominee of the 2010 Senate election, Joe Miller her spot on the ticket in the 2016 Senate election and Miller was unanimously approved by the executive board to take Stevens' place.[15] Miller came in second place and garnered nearly 30% of the vote, the highest percentage ever received by a Libertarian Senate candidate, but did not beat the total vote record established in 2002 Massachusetts Senate election by Michael Cloud.

Current officials

  • Bethel City councilor Richard Robb (2017–present)[16]
  • Cordova City councilor Ken Jones (2017–present)[17]
  • Alaska Public Office Commissioner Robert Clift (2017–present) - Appointed to a five-year term by Bill Walker
  • Alaska Public Office Commissioner Adam Schwemley (2017–present) - Appointed to a five-year term by Bill Walker

Former officials

  • State Representative Dick Randolph (1978-1982) - First person to be elected to partisan office under the banner of the Libertarian Party
  • State Representative Ken Fanning (1980-1982) - Second person to be elected to partisan office under the banner of the Libertarian Party
  • State Representative Andre Marrou (1985-1987) - 1988 Vice Presidential Nominee and 1992 Presidential Nominee
  • Juneau City councilor Sara Chambers (2006-2010)

Chairman

  • Terrence Shanigan (2016-2016)[18]
  • Jon Watts (2016–present)[19]

Electoral performance

Presidential

Year Presidential nominee Votes Change
1972 John Hospers (write-in) 45 (0.05%) Steady
1976 Roger MacBride 6,785 (5.49%) Increase 5.42%
1980 Ed Clark 18,479 (11.66%) Increase 6.17%
1984 David Bergland 6,378 (3.07%) Decrease 8.59%
1988 Ron Paul 5,484 (2.74%) Decrease 0.33%
1992 Andre Marrou 1,378 (0.53%) Decrease 2.21%
1996 Harry Browne 2,276 (0.94%) Increase 0.41%
2000 Harry Browne 2,636 (0.92%) Decrease 0.02%
2004 Michael Badnarik 1,675 (0.54%) Decrease 0.38%
2008 Bob Barr 1,589 (0.49%) Decrease 0.05%
2012 Gary Johnson 7,392 (2.46%) Increase 1.97%
2016 Gary Johnson 18,725 (5.88%) Increase 3.42%

House

Year House nominee Votes Change
1986 Betty Breck 4,182 (2.32%) Steady
1988 None None Decrease 2.32%
1998 None None Steady
2000 Len Karpinski 4,802 (1.75%) Increase 1.75%
2002 Rob Clift 3,797 (1.67%) Increase 0.08%
2004 Alvin A. Anders 7,157 (2.39%) Increase 0.72%
2006 Alexander Crawford 4,029 (1.72%) Decrease 0.67%
2008 None None Decrease 1.72%
2010 None None Steady
2012 Jim McDermott 15,028 (5.19%) Increase 5.19%
2014 Jim McDermott 21,290 (7.61%) Increase 2.42%
2016 Jim McDermott 31,770 (10.31%) Increase 2.70%
2018 None None Decrease 10.31%

Senate Class II

Year Senate nominee Votes Change
2002 Leonard Karpinski 2,354 (1.03%) Steady
2008 Fredrick Haase 2,483 (0.78%) Decrease 0.25%
2014 Mark Fish 10,512 (3.72%) Increase 1.94%

Senate Class III

Year Senate nominee Votes Change
1986 Chuck House 3,161 (1.75%) Steady
1992 None None Decrease 1.75%
1998 Scott A. Kohlhaas 5,046 (2.27%) Increase 2.27%
2004 Scott A. Kohlhaas 1,240 (0.40%) Decrease 1.87%
2010 David Haase 1,459 (0.57%) Increase 0.17%
2016 Joe Miller 90,825 (29.16%) Increase 28.59%

Gubernatorial

Year Gubernatorial nominee Votes Change
1982 Dick Randolph 29,067 (14.91%) Steady
1986 Mary Jane O'Brannon[b] 1,050 (0.58%)[c] Decrease 14.33%
1990 None None Decrease 0.58%
1994 None None Steady
1998 None None Steady
2002 William Toien 1,109 (0.48%) Increase 0.48%
2006 William Toien 682 (0.29%) Decrease 0.19%
2010 William Toien 2,682 (1.05%) Increase 0.76%
2014 Carolyn Clift 8,985 (3.21%) Increase 2.16%
2018 William Toien 5,402 (1.91%) Decrease 1.30%

Voter Registration

The stagnate registration rate is due to the fact that the Democratic-Libertarian-Independence primary is open which allows any member of either party to vote for a candidate.

Year RV. % Change
2002 7,235 (1.56%) Steady[20]
2003 7,235 (1.56%) Steady[21]
2004 7,331 (1.57%) Increase 0.01%[22]
2005 6,932 (1.45%) Decrease 0.12%[23]
2006[d] 9,400 (2.03%) Increase 0.58%[24]
2007 8,587 (1.83%) Decrease 0.17%[25]
2008 8,117 (1.69%) Decrease 0.14%[26]
2009 6,742 (1.34%) Decrease 0.35%[27]
2010 9,280 (1.90%) Increase 0.56%[28]
2011 8,804 (1.77%) Decrease 0.13%[29]
2012 8,051 (1.63%) Decrease 0.14%[30]
2013 7,687 (1.50%) Decrease 0.13%[31]
2014 7,523 (1.60%) Increase 0.10%[32]
2015 7,176 (1.40%) Decrease 0.20%[33]
2016 7,477 (1.46%) Increase 0.06%[34]
2017 7,599 (1.43%) Decrease 0.03%[35]
2018 7,579 (1.43%) Steady[36]
2019[e] 7,251 (1.25%) Decrease 0.18%[37]

See also

Notes

  1. ^ The Alaskan Independence Party has more registered voters, but has only ran four candidates in the past decade and none in 2018
  2. ^ The party leadership rejected O'Brannon and ran a write-in campaign with Ed Hoch as their candidate
  3. ^ Hoch: 107 (0.06%) Decrease 14.85%
  4. ^ Listed as political group
  5. ^ Listed as political group

References

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  3. ^ "Hospers featured speaker for Libertarian meeting". Fairbanks Daily News-Miner. 9 February 1973. p. 3. Archived from the original on 1 May 2019 – via Newspapers.com.
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  11. ^ "Judge: Libertarians Should be on Ballot". Daily Sitka Sentinel. 13 September 1988. p. 3. Archived from the original on 26 June 2019 – via Newspapers.com.
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