Presidential Candidates 2020

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This article is about an upcoming election. Information is subject to change as the election date approaches and as new information becomes available.

The 2020 Libertarian Party presidential primary will consist of individuals seeking the Libertarian Party nomination at the 2020 Libertarian National Convention on May 22-25 in Austin, Texas. The nominee will run in the 2020 United States Presidential Election, to be held on Tuesday November 3, 2020.

Declared Candidates

These candidates have publicly declared their intention to run for president and have either created a campaign website/social media page, filed paperwork with the Federal Election Commission (FEC), or both.

Name Background State Campaign Announced
Max Abramson New Hampshire House of Representatives, Rockingham District 20
2016 Libertarian Nominee for Governor of New Hampshire
New Hampshire website 30 June 2019
Ken Armstrong Former Executive
Former Honolulu County Neighborhood Board
Oregon website 10 May 2019
Daniel Behrman Podcaster and Internet Personality
2014 Libertarian nominee for District 125 of the Texas House of Representatives
Texas website 29 May 2016
Keenan Wallace Dunham Libertarian Party of Horry County Chair South Carolina website 20 August 2019
Souraya Faas 2018 candidate for the Republican nomination for Florida's 26th District of the US House of Representatives
2016 Independent Write-in candidate for President
Florida social media page 11 May 2019
Jacob Hornberger Future of Freedom Foundation, Founder and President Virginia 2 November 2019[1]
Heather Horst Criminal Attorney and Rock Band Leader/Fiddliest Nebraska 20 November 2018
Jo Jorgensen Psychology Senior Lecturer at Clemson University
1996 Libertarian nominee for Vice President
South Carolina website 13 August 2019
Adam Kokesh Anti-War Activist and Author
2018 Write-in Candidate for U.S. Senate from Arizona
Arizona website 18 July 2013
Benjamin Leder Libertarian Party of Henderson County Chair Texas website 24 March 2018
John McAfee Former CEO of McAfee Inc.
2016 Candidate for the Libertarian Presidential nomination
Tennessee website 03 June 2018
James O. Ogle
Artist and Mathematician
2012 Candidate for the Libertarian Presidential nomination
California website 02 July 2018
Sam Robb
Software Developer and Entrepreneur Pennsylvania website 01 April 2018
Kim Ruff
(running mate- John Phillips)
Former Libertarian Party Radical Caucus Secretary
2018 Candidate for Arizona State Mine Inspector
Arizona website 06 July 2018
Vermin Supreme Performance Artist and Activist
Candidate for President in 1992, 1996, 2000, 2004, 2008, 2012, and 2016
Massachusetts website 28 May 2018
Arvin Vohra Former Libertarian National Committee Vice-Chair (2014-2018)
Libertarian nominee for U.S. Senate from Maryland in 2018
Maryland website 03 July 2018

Publicly Speculated/Expressed Interest

These individuals have publicly expressed an interested in running or have been the subject of speculation that are running for president, but have otherwise made no formal declaration to do so.

  • Justin Amash, US House Representative from Michigan's 3rd District.[2]
  • Lincoln Chafee, 74th Governor of Rhode Island. [3]
  • Gary Fagg, Founder and retired CEO of CreditRe.[4]

Withdrawn Candidates

Name Background State Campaign Announced Withdrew
Christopher Marks Programmer and Activist Indiana social media page 1 March 2019 8 August 2019 [5]
William Hurst Defense Contractor Alabama website 30 July 2018 28 May 2019 [6]
(endorsed Kim Ruff) [7]
Benjamin Dryke
(running mate- Jeff Wood)
2018 Libertarian Nominee for the Michigan House of Representatives District 36 Michigan social media page 2018 19 February 2019 [8]
(endorsed Bernie Sanders)
Zoltan Istvan Transhumanist and Futurist
2018 Candidate for Governor of California
California website 25 November 2017 11 January 2019


2020 Libertarian Party Presidential Primaries, 2018 Debates
Date Host/Moderators Location Candidates Media
11 December, 2018 Johnny Rocket, Raylene Lightheart Internet Livestream Daniel Behrman
Ben Leder
Kim Ruff
Arvin Vohra
2020 Libertarian Party Presidential Primaries, 2019 Debates
Date Host/Moderators Location Candidates Media
08 February, 2019 Kerry McKennon Internet Livestream Daniel Behrman
Ben Leder
Arvin Vohra
26 February 2019 Liberty on the Air
Daniel Fishman (Moderator)
Internet Livestream Daniel Behrman
Ben Leder
Arvin Vohra
15 March 2019 We Are Libertarians
Hodey Johns (Moderator)
Internet Livestream Christopher Marks
Kim Ruff
Ben Leder
Arvin Vohra
31 March 2019 TVW
Randy McGlenn (Moderator)
Libertarian Party of Washington
2019 State Convention
Adam Kokesh
Arvin Vohra
27 April 2019 Libertarian Party of Colorado Libertarian Party of Colorado
2019 State Convention
Adam Kokesh
Vermin Supreme
Arvin Vohra
1 June 2019 Larry Sharpe (Moderator) Libertarian Party of Ohio
2019 State Conference
Adam Kokesh
Christopher Marks
Kim Ruff
Vermin Supreme
Arvin Vohra
2 November 2019 South Carolina Libertarian Party
Matt Welch (Moderator)
South Carolina Libertarian Party
2019 State Convention
Florence, SC
Adam Kokesh
Kim Ruff
Vermin Supreme
Dan Behrman
Ken Armstrong
Jo Jorgensen
Video coming soon
9 November 2019 Cattaraugus County Libertarian Party
Olean Senior High School
Olean, NY
Adam Kokesh
Kim Ruff
Vermin Supreme
Max Abramson
Ken Armstrong
Arvin Vohra
Souraya Faas
Jedi Hill
Sam Robb

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