Libertarian Party of Iowa

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Libertarian Party of Iowa
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General Information
Chartered: April 19, 1975
Region: 6
Officers
Chair: Joseph Howe
Vice Chair: Myra Matejka
Secretary: Julia Ofenbakh
Treasurer: Sarah Mitchell
Contact
Address: PO Box 7256
Des Moines, IA 50309
Website: Website
Social Media
Facebook: Facebook

The Libertarian Party of Iowa is the Iowa affiliate of the Libertarian Party. In April 1975, 10 people gathered in Ames, Iowa to approve the Constitution of the Libertarian Party of Iowa and to apply for national party affiliation.[1] In 2017, the party qualified for major party status after Gary Johnson received over 2% of the vote in the Presidential election. [2]

Leadership

  • Joe Gleason, At-Large Representative (since March 24, 2018)
  • Carl Krambeck, At-Large Representative (since March 24, 2018)
District Reps (since March 24, 2018)

Past Chairs

see List of Chairs of the Libertarian Party of Iowa

Vice Chair
Secretary
At-Large Representative
District Representatives

Other Past Officers and State Executive Committee Members

see List of Past Officers and State Executive Committee Members

History

The Libertarian Party of Iowa was founded in April of 1975, four years after the national party, by a small group of mostly young adults dissatisfied with the direction our country was heading. Dr. Bill Bockhoven was our first Chairman. Other members included Bill's wife Doris, John Ball (our first governor's candidate), Gary Roewe, Ben Olson, his mother, Dorothy, and two others. These members promoted Libertarian ideals by speaking to small groups throughout the state and running for public office. They were active in Ed Clark's 1980 presidential campaign, helping him earn the second highest percentage vote totals for any Libertarian presidential candidate.

The party dissolved in 1985 when several of the founding members began families or moved out of state. The party also faced financial problems.

Members of the National Libertarian Party living in Iowa came together to reestablish the state party with a new charter in 1987. Previously, memberships in the national and state party were separate. A new program called the United Membership Program (UMP) allowed members to join both parties for a single fee with the proceeds being split evenly and the national party handling the record keeping and renewal functions.

Over the next 15 years, the party continued to grow in membership and won several local elections. In 1996, LPIA had approximately 80 dues-paying members. The party's first official newsletter was named “Prairie Fire”. In the 1990s the name was changed to “Libertarians in Action” (LIA) because an Iowa socialist group had also begun using the name “Prairie Fire". From the 1990s and throughout the 2010s, 500 printed copies of Libertarian's in Action were mailed out to members and interested people, quarterly and bimonthly. “LIA” is no longer published.

In 1997, www.lpia.org was launched to promote party principles and events. This web page remains the official party page. A Facebook presence began in 2006.

In 2002, Clyde Cleveland of Fairfield spent a year traveling the state, raising nearly $70,000 dollars for his campaign for Iowa Governor. He recruited members to run for nearly every statewide office and authored a book, Restoring the Heart of America. Hughie Tweedie of Montrose also ran a very active campaign for State House. Because of their efforts membership in the state party swelled to over 250 in 2004.

The national party decided to end their UMP policy in 2005. Members could no longer pay a single fee to become a member of both the state and the national parties. This confusion caused membership in the state party to fall to only 23 members in July of 2006. According to former LPIA Secretary Kevin Litten, the party had no money coming in to run its functions. The bylaws were rewritten to include voting (dues-paying) or supporting members. An effort was made to inform members of the change and recruit expired members. By the end of 2006, voting membership was back up to nearly 100. The party had to cease its 500+ newsletter mailings and the Executive Committee lost some key members after a disagreement over dues.

In 2005, with the help of the ACLU, the Libertarian Party of Iowa and the Green Party sued the Secretary of State’s office over ballot access. In 2007, the Secretary of State’s office settled the lawsuit and in 2008, Iowan’s could register as Libertarians. The state offered the Iowa LP Non-Political Party Status (NPPO) beginning in January 2008. By the end of 2008, the party had nearly 1100 voters who had switched their registration to LIB (Libertarian Party).[3] In 2014, Secretary of State candidate Jake Porter uncovered a database error that was preventing thousands of Iowans to register as members of the Libertarian and Green parties. The issue was resolved with help from the Iowa Senate Democrats.

In 2016, Presidential candidate Gary Johnson received over 2% of the vote in the general election which gave the party major party status which allows the party to hold special conventions and primary elections. In 2017, Bryan Jack Holder became the first Libertarian to run as a major party candidate in his special election for Iowa House District 22. As of November 2017, the party had 9,517 registered Libertarians in the state. In order to maintain major party status, the party must receive at least 2% in the race for Iowa Governor in 2018. Former Secretary of State candidate Jake Porter is facing Marco Battaglia in the first Libertarian Primary for Governor.

See LPIA History By Kevin Litten

Timeline

1975
The Libertarian Party of Iowa is chartered on April 19, 1975.
1979
A chapter is formed at the University of Iowa called Hawkeye Libertarians by Randall Grant and Michael Lewis.[4]
1985
The Libertarian Party of Iowa files dissolution paperwork with the Iowa Ethics and Campaign Disclosure Board when party Chair Michael Lewis moved out of state.[5]
1987
The party takes out an ad in the Cedar Rapids Gazette on March 11, 1987, and announces that it will be reorganizing with Tim Hird as the acting state chairman
1997
LPIA.org is established
LPIA.org in 1999
2004
Richard Campagna from Iowa City, Iowa wins the Libertarian nomination for Vice President.
2005
The ACLU files a lawsuit against the Iowa Secretary of State's office to allow Iowans to register as members of the Green and Libertarian parties.
2007
The Iowa Secretary of State settles the lawsuit filed by the ACLU and allows Iowa voters to register as members of the Libertarian and Green parties. [6]
2014
Jake Porter runs for Secretary of State and works with the Iowa Senate Democrats and the Iowa Secretary of State's office to fix a database issue at the Department of Transportation which prevented thousands of Iowans from registering as members of the Libertarian and Green parties.
Douglas Butzier was killed in a plane crash in Dubuque weeks before the election while flying back from Des Moines while campaigning for U.S. Senate.[7]
2016
The state party achieves major party status after Gary Johnson receives over 2% of the voter for President. Major party status gives the party access to have primaries.
2017
The state party officially files for major party status in Iowa.
Libertarian Party of Iowa files for major party status in 2017.
Bryan Holder becomes the first Libertarian to run as a major party candidate in the Iowa House District 22 Special Election. [8]

Affiliates

Iowa currently has nine county affiliates.

Awards

Elections

See: Libertarian Party of Iowa 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)
2017 9,517 0.48% 1,070 340 137 43.55 33
2016 59,186 3.74% 8,366 0.42% 1,157 369 207 66.04 29
2015 1,027 329 119 38.09 31
2014 36,945 3.23% 4,632 0.24% 1,009 325 101 32.51 32
2013 990 320 127 41.07 33
2012 12,926 0.81% 2,203 0.11% 960 312 146 47.47 31
2011 906 296 123 40.13 31
2010 33,854 2.99% 1,416 0.07% 884 290 126 41.31 31
2009 861 284 132 43.52 30
2008 4,590 0.30% 762 0.04% 834 276 131 43.42 33
2007 793 264 117 39.01 32
2006 5,735 0.54% 774 260 94 31.52 31
2005 714 241 153 51.61 30
2004 15,218 1.00% (Aug) 190 64.33 31
2003 194 65.94 29
2002 49,206 4.73% 181 61.69 31
2001 267 91.06 29
2000 17,542 1.33% 219 74.77 34
1999 200 69.70 34
1998 204 71.30 33
1997 167 58.51 33
1996 3,311 0.26% 147 51.61 35
1995 85 29.92 35
1994 2,772 0.27% 62 21.91 35
1993 44 15.60 37
1992 1,076 0.08% 64 22.80 35
1991 57 20.42 35
1990 61 21.94 35
1989 64 23.10 32
1988 2,494 0.20% 53 19.14 31
1987
1986
1985
1984 1,844 0.14%
1983
1982 4,507 0.43%
1981
1980 13,123 1.00%
1979
1978 3,947 0.47%
1977
1976 1,454 0.11%
1975
1974
1973
1972

External links

  • https://www.facebook.com/notes/libertarian-party-of-black-hawk-county-iowa/40th-anniversary-of-the-libertarian-party-of-iowa/437988469695801/
  • https://www.usnews.com/news/best-states/iowa/articles/2017-03-02/libertarian-party-earns-political-party-status-in-iowa
  • LPIA History By Kevin Litten
  • Moss, J. (1979, November 18). Libertarians offer alternative viewpoint. Cedar Rapids Gazette, p. 33.
  • AP. (1985, July 25). Libertarians hit the skids in Iowa. Fairfield Ledger, p. 1.
  • http://siouxcityjournal.com/news/state-settles-voter-registration-lawsuit/article_2c5c2751-dafc-5f9b-93f6-86251a80d4f6.html
  • http://www.cnn.com/2014/10/14/politics/iowa-candidate-plane-crash/index.html
  • http://www.kmaland.com/news/holder-makes-another-run-for-house-district/article_3d7fb92a-5823-11e7-8f28-db00285b0160.html

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