Mike McDermott

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Michael S. McDermott
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At-Large Committee Member
Libertarian Party of New York
April 2016—2019
Suffolk County Libertarian Party
Predecessor: Edward Weaver
Successor: William VanHelmond
1st Vice Chair
Suffolk County Libertarian Party
Predecessor: Unknown
Successor: Paul Grindle
Personal Details
Birth: September 14, 1953
Death: March 9, 2021(2021-03-09) (aged 67)
Huntingdon Station, New York
Occupation: Politician
Party: Libertarian Party
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Michael S. "Mike" McDermott (September 14, 1953—March 9, 2021) was a Libertarian Party activist, politican, and real estate broker. He was the Libertarian Party candidate for Governor of New York state, in the election of 2014,[1][2] losing to Andrew Cuomo and falling very short of the 50,000 votes needed to maintain ballot access. The libertarian ticket dropped by 0.63% of all voters from the previous year and received less than a third of the votes from the last cycle despite being included in the only gubernatorial debate of 2014.[3]

According to his website, McDermott worked as a real estate broker and developer from 2001 to 2008. He was Chair of the Libertarian Party of Suffolk County from 2017 to 2020.[4]

In 2012, he ran for Congress for New York's third congressional district, as well as in 2016, but he did not get on the ballot.

McDermott passed away on March 9, 2021 after a long illness.

Political Campaigns

2012 U.S. House campaign

In 2012, McDermott was the Libertarian candidate who sought election to the U.S. House to represent the 3rd Congressional District of New York. He was defeated by Democrat Steve Israel on November 6, 2012.

2014 gubernatorial campaign

In 2014, McDermott was the Libertarian nominee for governor of New York.[5][6]

2016 U.S. House campaign

In 2016, McDermott ran for a seat in Congress representing New York's 3rd congressional district, in a race to replace Steve Israel, who decided to retire.[7][8] He failed to make it onto the ballot, forcing him to be a write-in candidate.

2019 Candidacy for Suffolk County Legislator

In 2019, McDermoot ran for Suffolk County Legislator in District 17.

Organizational Positions

Libertarian Party of New York
  • Candidate for Chair, 2015
  • At-Large Committee Member (2016—2018)
  • At-Large Committee Member, FLP (May 4, 2019—March 9, 2021)
  • Member, Interim State Committee (February 9, 2019—September 26, 2020)
Suffolk County Libertarian Party
  • Vice-Chair (2013; 2016—2017)
  • Chair (2017—December 2020)

Electoral History

Gubernatorial election in New York, 2014 [9]
Party Candidate Running mate Votes Percentage Swing
Democratic Andrew Cuomo 1,811,672 47.08% Decrease 9.44%
Working Families Andrew Cuomo 126,244 3.22% Decrease 0.13%
Independence Andrew Cuomo 77,762 2.02% Decrease 1.15%
Women's Equality Andrew Cuomo 53,802 1.41% N/A
Total Andrew Cuomo Kathy Hochul 2,069,480 54.19% Decrease 8.86%
Republican Rob Astorino 1,234,951 32.59% Increase 4.65%
Conservative Rob Astorino 250,634 6.60% Increase 1.57%
Stop-Common-Core Rob Astorino 51,294 1.39% N/A
Total Rob Astorino Christopher Moss 1,536,879 40.24% Increase 6.71%
Green Howie Hawkins Brian Jones 184,419 4.86% Increase 3.56%
Libertarian Michael McDermott Chris Edes 16,967 0.42% Decrease 0.63%
Sapient Steven Cohn Bobby Kumar Kalotee 4,963 0.13% N/A
Scattering 6,378 0.19% Increase 0.09%
Majority 480,605 13.26% Decrease 16.74%
Totals 3,930,310 100.00%
Democratic Hold


  1. Klepper, David (2014-10-22). "NY governor hopefuls debate economy, leadership". San Francisco Chronicle. Archived from the original on October 27, 2014. https://web.archive.org/web/20141027092826/http://www.sfgate.com/business/energy/article/4-candidates-for-NY-governor-to-debate-5838930.php. Retrieved 2014-10-27. 
  2. Filler, Lane (2014-10-14). "Filler: Want big ideas? Listen to Howie Hawkins and Michael McDermott". Newsday. http://www.newsday.com/opinion/columnists/lane-filler/want-big-ideas-listen-to-howie-hawkins-and-michael-mcdermott-lane-filler-1.9502996. Retrieved 2014-10-27. 
  3. http://news.wbfo.org/post/video-candidates-square-sole-gubernatorial-debate
  4. "Who We Are". 3 March 2013. http://lpsc.li/home/who-we-are/. Retrieved 2020. 
  5. "Michael McDermott to Lead Libertarian Team in Drive for Governor’s Race". 27 April 2014. http://lpsc.li/home/2014/04/27/mike-mcdermott-to-lead-libertarian-team-in-drive-for-governors-race/. Retrieved 1 January 2017. 
  6. "Libertarians nominate LIer Michael McDermott for governor". Newsday. 2012. http://www.newsday.com/long-island/politics/spin-cycle/libertarians-nominate-lier-michael-mcdermott-for-governor-1.7850825. Retrieved 2 January 2017. 
  7. "Jack Martins' bid for delay shakes up House race". http://www.theislandnow.com/news/jack-martins-bid-for-delay-shakes-up-house-race/article_11e66696-67ca-11e6-bdf0-073fc20172ad.html. 
  8. Hackman, Michelle (30 August 2016). "N.Y. Republican Seeks to Postpone Election Date to December". Wall Street Journal. https://www.wsj.com/articles/n-y-republican-seeks-to-postpone-house-election-date-to-december-1472521217. 
  9. "NYS Board of Elections Unofficial Election Night Results". http://nyenr.elections.state.ny.us/. Retrieved 17 December 2014. 

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