Libertarian Party of New York
|September 27, 2020—present|
Erie County Libertarian Party
|August 14, 2019—present|
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Duane J. Whitmer is a Libertarian Party activist and the owner of an accounting business. He has been the 2nd Vice-Chair of the Libertarian Party of New York since 2020 and the Chair of the Erie County Libertarian Party in 2019. From 2018 to 2020, he ran for U.S. Congress in New York's District 27 for the 2020 election.
Whitmer was born and raised in Franklinville, New York. He attended SUNY Fredonia and graduated with an a degree in accounting in 2009. He began his own business, DJW Financial Services, now Whitmer Accounting and Tax.
Larry Sharpe for Governor, 2018
Whitmer served as Deputy Field Director for Western New York for the Larry Sharpe gubernatorial campaign, following the resignation of Andrew Martin Kolstee.
Campaign for U.S. Congress, 2020
On November 13, 2018, he announced his candidacy for U.S. Congress in New York's 27th congressional district. In February 2020, he was endorsed for the special election that was scheduled to take place on April 28, 2020. However, this was moved to June 23, 2020. Scott Flynn collected petitions to challenge Whitmer to be on the Libertarian Party line for the November 2020 ballot, but dropped out and was replaced by Nick Phelps. On June 23, 2020, Whitmer defeated Phelps 123—38, with 13 blank and write-in votes, not including absentee ballots.
- 2nd Vice-Chair (September 27, 2020—present)
- Treasurer (FLP) (May 4, 2019—present)
- Member, Interim State Committee (2019—2020)
- Treasurer (August 25, 2018—August 14, 2019)
- Chair (August 14, 2019—present)