Barry Short

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Barry Short
Libertarian Party of Utah
April 2017—present
Predecessor: David Raine
Personal Details
Birth: (1955-08-19) August 19, 1955 (age 66)
Pomona, California
Residence: Cedar City, UT
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Barry Evan Short (b. August 19, 1955, Pomona, California) is a Libertarian political activist from Cedar City, Utah. In April 2017 he was elected to a two-year term as Vice-Chair of the Libertarian Party of Utah. He had previously served as Communications Director of the state party on an intermittent basis. In April 2019 he was elected to a second term as Vice-Chair.

Short grew up in San Dimas, California, a then-small town along the remnants of Route 66. His college days included stints at Concordia College in Moorhead, MN and Whittier College in Whittier, CA. He is a past Program Director with San Diego Comic Con (1982-86), and owned 21st Century Comics in Orange County, CA from 1986-2004.

Through his paternal grandmother, Barry traces his American roots to John Alden of the Mayflower. He is a member of the Sons of the American Revolution, with at least four Revolutionary War patriot ancestors, including his 4th great-grandfather Thomas Leland Jr., who took part in the battle of Lexington. He is a 2nd cousin (7x removed) to President John Adams. He is also a fifth cousin (3x removed) to John Brown, whose execution by the federal government arguably incited the Civil War.

Electoral history

2010: Candidate for Utah House of Representatives, District 72. Short received 1450 votes, 16.4%, to incumbent Evan Vickers' 7356.

2012: Candidate for Utah House of Representatives, District 72. Short received 1786 votes, 14.6%.

2014: Candidate for Utah House of Representatives, District 72. Short received 990 votes, 15.8%, to incumbent John Westwood's 5210 and independent write-in Linda Lou Allen's 50.

2016: Candidate for Lieutenant Governor of Utah, on a ticket with candidate for Governor Brian E. Kamerath. The ticket received 34,827 votes, 3.1% of the total cast, the highest percentage and gross vote for a Libertarian ticket in Utah. By exceeding the 2% threshold this assured the UTLP ballot access through the 2020 election cycle.

2018: Candidate for Utah House of Representatives, District 72. Paper campaign.

2019: Candidate for City Council, Cedar City, Utah. Non-partisan election. 13 candidates, including two incumbents, filed for three open positions.

Other Activities

On August 6, 2016, Short was the opening speaker for the Gary Johnson rally at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City. He was also the opening speaker at the Gary Johnson rally in Murray, Utah on November 1.

Campaign Materials

File:2014 radio ad.mp4