Libertarian Party of North Dakota
|Libertarian Party of North Dakota|
During his 1988 presidential campaign, Ron Paul filed in North Dakota's open primary for president that took place on June 14th. It was the only primary in which Paul participated, as he had been nominated at the 1987 national convention. On the ballot along with Republicans George Bush and perennial candidate Mary Jane Rachner along with Democrats Michael Dukakis and Jesse Jackson, Paul received 985 votes(2.25%) including at least one vote in every county, whereas neither Democrat received any votes at all in 29 of the state's 53 counties.
In the 1990s, businessman Marty Rikse was the chairman of the Libertarian Party of North Dakota. Monthly meetings were held in Fargo, North Dakota at a Chinese eatery. A semi-regular state party newsletter was published. Keith Hanson became the chairman in 2002, and David Helfter became the vicechair. Helfter was also the Libertarian Party of Minnesota representative for Minnesota State University Moorhead and the co-founder of an interest group called Friends of Democracy.
In the spring of 2004, David Helfter died suddenly. In 2006, the Libertarian Party of North Dakota collected enough petition signatures from qualified voters to formally organize themselves into a political party.
In 2010, the Libertarian Party of North Dakota sued the State of North Dakota for excluding their legislative candidates from the general election ballot. While the party had submitted enough signatures to organize itself, North Dakota wonâ€™t let minor parties place nominees on the November ballot for legislature unless between 10% and 15% of all the voters who turn out in a primary election choose that minor partyâ€™s primary ballot.
The North Dakota Supreme Court upheld the law as did the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. The Libertarian Party of North Dakota has asked the United States Supreme Court in review their case.
For historical platforms see Index of North Dakota State Party Platforms
For historical bylaws see Index of North Dakota State Party Bylaws
- Steven Potter, (elected January 2018)
- Bret Weiland, Vice-Chair
- Kevin Gilgallon, Secretary (elected January 2018)
- Joshua Voytek, Treasurer
- David R Saunders (c. 1975)
- Marty Rikse (1990s)
- Keith Hanson (December 3, 2002—July 2005)
- Roland Riemers (c 2011—November 7, 2015)
- Anthony Mangnall (November 7, 2015—?)
- Richard Kopp (December 3, 2002—March 2005)
- Richard Ames (December 3, 2002—March 2005)
- Newsletter Editor
- Richard Kopp (2002—2003)
- December 3, 2002
- April 3, 2004 - Fargo, North Dakota
- November 7, 2015
- January 2018
Size and Influence
2004 - Present
1972 - 2003
Of Total LNC
- Old LP North Daktoa Website at Internet Archive
|State Organizations of the National Libertarian Party|