Alaska Libertarian Party

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Alaska Libertarian Party
Region: 1
Officers
Chair: Jon Watts
Vice-Chair: Randy Stevens
Secretary: Cean Stevens
Treasurer: Cean Stevens
Contact
Address: 200 W. 34th Ave # 543
Anchorage, AK 99503
Website: Website
Social Media
Facebook: Facebook

The Libertarian Party of Alaska is the affiliate of the Libertarian Party (LP) in Alaska, headquartered in Anchorage, Alaska.

It is the third largest active party in Alaska and has the highest percentage of registered Libertarians of any U.S. state.[1]

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 are 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.[2][3] During the 1980 Presidential election Ed Clark and Eugene McCarthy both appeared and spoke at their state convention.[4] 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.[5] 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.[6][7] 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.[8] Also in 1986 Andre Marrou, the only sitting Libertarian in a state legislature at the time, lost reelection to the state house.[9]

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.[10] 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.[11]

In 2016, Cean Stevens withdrew after winning the state Libertarian primary to allow Republican Party member and Tea Party favorite nominee of the 2010 U.S. 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.[12] Miller came in second place and garnered nearly 30% of the vote, the highest percentage ever received by a Libertarian U.S. Senate candidate, but did not beat the total vote record established in 2002 Massachusetts Senate election by Michael Cloud.

Executive Committee

Leadership (2017)

Past Officials and Staff

Chair
Vice Chair
Secretary
Treasurer
Executive Director
Communications Director
Fundraising Director
Membership Director
Other

Affiliates

Conventions

  • 1973 - 1973 state conv Fairbanks 10 Feb, Hospers speaker
  • 1974 - 1974 Alaska convention, Anchorage 3 April 1974
  • 1977 - 1977 -- 29 April - 1 May; Bill Rickenbacker, son of Captain Eddie Rickenbacker was a speaker
  • 1980 - 1980 convention in Anchorage speakers Ed Clark, Eugene McCarthy

Elections

See: Alaska Libertarian Party Historical Election Results

Size and Influence

Year Minimum
Unique
Voters
Minimum
Percent
Of Voters
Registered
Voters

(Oct/Nov)
Percent
of
Registered
Voters
Signature
Members
(Dec)
Signature
Members
Per
Million
Population
LNC
Total Donors
2004 - 2016
Or
Active Members
1972 - 2003

(Dec)
LNC Donors
Per
Million
Population
State Rank
Of Total LNC
Donors
(Of 51)
2018 5,402 1.90% 7,442 1.30% 680 922 77 104.42 41
2017 7,561 1.44% 710 960 91 123.01 39
2016 90,825 28.27% 7,557 1.43% 708 954 92 124.01 41
2015 7,461 1.46% 671 909 57 77.19 39
2014 21,290 7.46% 7,182 1.41% 666 904 66 89.58 39
2013 7,457 1.51% 650 882 66 89.52 41
2012 15,028 4.98% 7,719 1.52% 643 880 69 94.38 41
2011 8,093 1.64% 629 871 65 89.96 43
2010 2,682 1.04% 8,984 1.81% 628 880 63 88.25 42
2009 8,914 1.83% 624 893 61 87.28 42
2008 2,483 0.76% 6,926 1.39% 613 892 71 103.28 40
2007 8,209 1.72% 602 885 75 110.25 38
2006 4,029 1.69% 8,787 1.88% 596 883 55 81.45 38
2005 9,436 2.05% 573 859 100 149.94 36
2004 7,157 2.28% 7,258 1.53% 114 172.91 38
2003 7,409 1.59% 121 186.61 36
2002 3,797 1.63% 7,228 1.57% 115 179.03 39
2001 7,194 1.57% 137 216.19 37
2000 4,802 1.67% 6,871 1.45% 130 207.02 40
1999 6,752 1.49% 139 224.37 39
1998 5,046 2.22% 3,226 0.71% 127 206.44 43
1997 109 179.03 40
1996 2,276 0.93% 89 147.13 42
1995 57 94.79 40
1994 1,041 0.48% 62 103.23 35
1993 50 83.75 35
1992 1,378 0.53% 59 100.50 37
1991 70 122.96 32
1990 91 164.52 29
1989 61 111.48 33
1988 5,484 2.70% 63 116.24 26
1987
1986 4,253 2.33%
1985
1984 6,378 2.99% 1,282 0.42%
1983
1982 29,067 14.58%
1981
1980 19,317 11.88%
1979
1978 7,722 5.95%
1977
1976 6,785 5.31%
1975
1974 55 0.06%
1973
1972 68 0.07%

External Links


Alaska Libertarian Party
Affiliates: AnchorageDillinghamMatanuska-SusitnaFairbanks North StarKenai Peninsula
Former affiliates: Sitka
Conventions: 1973197419771980
Other: Election Results


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References

  1. Winger, Richard (September 6, 2016). "Colorado Libertarian Registration Exceeds 1%; First Time any Libertarian Registration That High in Any State, Except in Alaska". Ballot Access News. http://ballot-access.org/2016/09/06/colorado-libertarian-registration-exceeds-1-first-time-any-libertarian-party-registration-in-any-state-except-in-alaska/. Retrieved September 7, 2016. 
  2. "Hospers featured speaker for Libertarian meeting". https://www.newspapers.com/clip/31148439/fairbanks_daily_newsminer/. 
  3. "Libertarian leader explains difference at confab here". https://www.newspapers.com/clip/31148481/fairbanks_daily_newsminer/. 
  4. "Alaska Libertarian Party 1980 convention". https://www.newspapers.com/clip/2310894/alaska_libertarian_party_1980_convention/. 
  5. "Libertarian Leader Quits Party; Seeking GOP Nod For Governor in '86". https://apnews.com/d6550b0179ea3d33d2a2a1c53e80c90c. 
  6. "Alaska Libertarian Party launches write-in against Libertarian Party primary victor 1986". https://www.newspapers.com/clip/2312064/alaska_libertarian_party_launches/. 
  7. "Former Libertarian in Jail Over Ads". Daily Sitka Sentinel. March 17, 1986. https://web.archive.org/web/20190626121018/https://www.newspapers.com/clip/33258687/daily_sitka_sentinel/. Retrieved June 26, 2019. 
  8. "1986 Gubernatorial General Election Results - Alaska". Alaska Division of Elections. Archived from the original on 2 September 2009. https://web.archive.org/web/20090902154442/http://www.elections.alaska.gov/results/86GENR/86genr.pdf. Retrieved 2009-08-31. 
  9. "Libertarians Lose". Daily Sitka Sentinel. November 5, 1986. https://web.archive.org/web/20190626115815/https://www.newspapers.com/clip/33258499/daily_sitka_sentinel/. Retrieved June 26, 2019. 
  10. "Judge: Libertarians Should be on Ballot". Daily Sitka Sentinel. September 13, 1988. https://web.archive.org/web/20190626121403/https://www.newspapers.com/clip/33258721/daily_sitka_sentinel/. Retrieved June 26, 2019. 
  11. "Libertarian, Taxpayers Parties to be on Ballot?". Daily Sitka Sentinel. September 22, 1992. https://web.archive.org/web/20190626120613/https://www.newspapers.com/clip/33258649/daily_sitka_sentinel/. Retrieved June 26, 2019. 
  12. Herz, Nathaniel (September 6, 2016). "Joe Miller to run as Libertarian in hopes of unseating US Sen. Lisa Murkowski". Alaska Dispatch News. Alaska Dispatch News. https://web.archive.org/web/20160923030904/http://www.adn.com/politics/2016/09/06/joe-miller-to-run-as-libertarian-in-hopes-of-unseating-us-sen-lisa-murkowski/. Retrieved September 7, 2016.