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Libertarian Party of Massachusetts

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Libertarian Party of Massachusetts
ChairmanDon Graham
Founded1972; 48 years ago (1972)
HeadquartersFramingham, Massachusetts
Membership (February 1, 2019)16,893[1]
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The Libertarian Party of Massachusetts[a] (LPMA) is one of four political parties officially recognized by the Secretary of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.[2] and is the Massachusetts affiliate of the national Libertarian Party (LP). It is headquartered in Framingham, Massachusetts.

Under the system of political parties and political designations in Massachusetts, the Libertarian Party is often the only third political party to receive enough votes to become an officially recognized party alongside the Republican Party and Democratic Party; although the Green-Rainbow Party is sometimes electorally successful enough to qualify.


Former presidential candidate Ed Clark and Rebecca Shipman, the affiliate's gubernatorial candidate, spoke at the 1982 state convention at the Holiday Inn in Somerville which was attended by the majority of the two hundred registered Libertarians in the state.[3] Later the party attempted to challenge the 40,000 signature requirement to appear on the ballot and force the Secretary of State to accept the 10,000 signatures they had gathered, but the district court rejected the injunction due to "vagueness" in their affidavits.[4]

In the 2002 Senate election the Republican failed to appear on the ballot for the first time in Massachusetts history, coincidentally the previous Republican candidate in 1996 was Bill Weld, resulting in John Kerry's only opponent being Libertarian Michael Cloud which resulted in most conservatives voting for Kerry, but a significant amount voted for Cloud giving him 18.43% of the vote which at the time was the best percentage showing for a Libertarian in a Senate race until Joe Miller received nearly 30% in 2016, but they still hold the total vote record.[5]

At the party's 2018 convention, it formally endorsed ranked-choice voting and nominated candidates for the 2018 midterm elections.[6] Dan Fishman, the political director for the party, ran to be State Auditor of Massachusetts. His campaign was noted for securing an endorsement by the Boston Globe.[7][8][9] Fishman ultimately received 4% of vote in his run which secured ballot access for the Massachusetts state party affiliate.[10][11]

On April 16, 2019, the party's former political director, Dan Fishman, was appointed to be the executive director for the Libertarian Party of the United States.[12]

Electoral performance

The best Libertarian showing in Massachusetts in a vote for President of the United States was in the 2016 United States presidential election in Massachusetts when the Libertarian Party's ticket won 4.22% of the vote. Former Massachusetts Republican Governor Bill Weld was on that ticket as the vice president candidate, with Gary Johnson, the candidate for president.

The Massachusetts Libertarian Party had the best percentage showing of any Libertarian candidate in a race for U.S. Senate until Joe Miller's candidacy in the 2016 United States Senate election in Alaska. Carla Howell in the 2000 United States Senate election in Massachusetts had won 11.9% and Michael Cloud in the 2002 United States Senate election in Massachusetts won 18.4% in a two-person race with Democratic John Kerry and no Republican on the ballot.[5]


Year Presidential nominee Votes
1972 John Hospers (Write-in) 43 (0.00%)
1976 Roger MacBride (Write-in) 135 (0.01%)
1980 Ed Clark 22,038 (0.87%)
1984 David Bergland Not on ballot
1988 Ron Paul 24,251 (0.92%)
1992 Andre Marrou 7,458 (0.27%)
1996 Harry Browne 20,426 (0.80%)
2000 Harry Browne 16,366 (0.61%)
2004 Michael Badnarik 15,022 (0.52%)
2008 Bob Barr 13,189 (0.43%)
2012 Gary Johnson 30,920 (0.98%)
2016 Gary Johnson 138,018 (4.22%)


Year House candidates Votes Change
2010 None None Steady
2012 1 16,668 (0.71%) Increase 0.71%
2014 None None Decrease 0.71%
2016 1 27,511 (0.94%) Increase 0.94%
2018 None None Decrease 0.94%

Senate Class I

Year Senate nominee Votes Change
2002 Michael Cloud 369,807 (18.43%) Steady
2008 Robert J. Underwood 93,713 (3.13%) Decrease 15.30%
2014 None None Decrease 0.94%

Senate Class II

Year Senate nominee Votes Change
1982 Howard S. Katz 18,878 (0.92%) Steady
1988 Freda Lee Nason 13,199 (0.51%) Decrease 0.41%
1994 Lauraleigh Dozier 14,484 (0.66%) Increase 0.15%
2000 Carla Howell 308,860 (11.88%) Increase 11.22%
2006 None None Decrease 11.88%
2012 None None Steady
2018 None None Steady


Year Gubernatorial nominee Votes Change
1982 Rebecca Shipman 17,918 (0.87%) Increase 1.69%
1986 None None Decrease 0.87%
1994 None None Steady
1998 Dean Cook 32,184 (1.69%) Increase 1.69%
2002 Carla Howell 23,044 (1.05%) Decrease 0.64%

See also


  1. ^ "Massachusetts Registered Voters". Archived from the original on 2019-02-18. Retrieved 2019-04-09.
  2. ^ "Massachusetts Directory of Political Parties and Designations". Archived from the original on 2019-03-26. Retrieved 2019-04-09.
  3. ^ "Mass. Libertarians aiming for permanent ballot spot". Boston Globe. February 7, 1982. Archived from the original on 2019-04-17.
  4. ^ "Election law challenge rejected". Boston Globe. April 16, 1982. Archived from the original on 2019-04-17.
  5. ^ a b "Fight for control of Senate intensifies". CNN. November 1, 2002. Archived from the original on 2002-11-21.
  6. ^ "A Clamor in the Commonwealth; Massachusetts Libertarians Look to the Future in Springfield". Independent Political Report. November 1, 2018. Archived from the original on 2018-11-06.
  7. ^ Welch, Matt (30 October 2018). "Boston Globe Endorses Libertarian Dan Fishman for Massachusetts State Auditor". Reason Foundation. Archived from the original on 17 April 2019. Retrieved 17 April 2019.
  8. ^ Johnston, Bob (30 October 2018). "Boston Globe: "Give this Libertarian a shot"". Libertarian Party. Archived from the original on 18 April 2019. Retrieved 17 April 2019.
  9. ^ "Editorial board endorsement: Dan Fishman, a Libertarian, for auditor - The Boston Globe". 29 October 2018. Archived from the original on 17 April 2019. Retrieved 17 April 2019.
  10. ^ "2018 Auditor General Election". PD43+ ». Secretary of the Commonwealth of MA. Archived from the original on 17 April 2019. Retrieved 17 April 2019.
  11. ^ Sarwark, Nicholas (31 December 2018). "2018 Libertarian Party victories and 2019 goals". Libertarian Party. Archived from the original on 17 April 2019. Retrieved 17 April 2019.
  12. ^ Sarwark, Nicholas (16 April 2019). "Dan Fishman joins Libertarian Party staff as executive director". Libertarian Party. Archived from the original on 17 April 2019. Retrieved 17 April 2019.
  13. ^ Lips, Evan (8 August 2016). "Weld: 'I'll tell you who's going to win'". NewBostonPost. Archived from the original on 17 April 2019. Retrieved 17 April 2019.


  1. ^ The affiliate also goes by the name "Libertarian Association of Massachusetts (LAMA)

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