List of 1988 Libertarian Officeholders

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James Walter Clifton

The Rev. Dr. James Walter Clifton became the first Libertarian to win a partisan election in the State of Michigan when he outpolled both Democrats and Republicans to win a seat on the City Council (Trustee).[1] Two Republicans were elected along with Clifton. Prior to the election, Clifton, Pastor of the Village's United Church of Christ, was serving as Trustee having been appointed to fill a vacancy. Clifton also served on the Village Planning Commission.

During the campaign, Clifton ran on a platform of property rights, limited government, and lower taxes. He promised to immediately resign if he didn't respond to a constituent's concerns within 48 hours of being contacted. Clifton stated he believed he won as a Libertarian because of having been known in the community and having demonstrated common sense and reason while serving in the two previously mentioned appointed positions.

References Adrian Daily Telegram, March 15, 1988

Hillsdale Daily News, March 15, 1988