The closest win for the Libertarian Party of Washington in 2015 came out of the small city of Moses Lake, located in central Washington with a population of around 20,000 people.
Don Myers grew up in Moses Lake until leaving after high school. After being gone for 7 years, he returned to find his hometown in crisis mode:
“This is my home town. I left to go to school and explore different areas of Washington. I came back after 7 years, excited to be back. But my town was different; gang activity was high. Theft and aggressive violence in the area skyrocketed. I started digging into the political scene and found our city was in a big financial crisis-- shutting down a lot of the recreation programs. The citizens started to get angry with city government, so I offered to help straighten things out.”
As a candidate for office, you will likely receive about $50,000 worth of free media coverage, as newspapers and other media cover your campaign. That’s about $50,000 worth of advertising that will inspire people to cut government. It’s also $50,000 worth of advertising for your campaign; that gives you a chance to put your Unique Selling Proposition front and center. You’re probably the only person in your race who wants to end the War on Drugs or eliminate the Federal Income Tax, and that gives you a huge marketing edge. Many journalists will avoid writing about cutting government. This hurts your campaign, because it prevents voters from hearing your offering. It also hurts the cause of liberty, since it prevents people from learning about how much better life will be with less government...
That’s right fellow Libertarians, with a new leadership team in place and a plan created in 2014, we have already put some wins under our belt. Let’s do a quick recap:
It all started waaaaaay back in the beginning of 2014 with a very impatient young Libertarian (myself) and a dream to get Libertarians elected to public office in order to repeal shitty, restrictive laws and let us keep more of our money from an ever intrusive authoritarian government. So, I started recruiting some awesome people to run as Libertarians for state office. Long story short; state LP leadership didn’t agree with my methods or plans so we recruited a super-majority for the 2014 convention and voted them all out just one year into their two year terms. I became the new Chairman for one term, our candidates and activists poured their hearts and souls into their campaigns, and a few months later…here were our election results:
During my 2014 campaign for State Representative in the 36th District I decided to pass out my campaign material at a local farmers market. When researching the availability of space for political campaigns, I noticed the farmers market website mentioned that non-profit organizations could show up just before opening and, if available, use a space for free.
Few things are more gratifying as a candidate than a friendly smile, a warm handshake, or the occasional pat on the back. However, these positive connections don’t always come easy. They must be earned.
As Libertarians, we've all heard of the “wasted vote.” The argument goes that if a voter votes for a Libertarian, they are wasting their vote, because the Libertarian can’t win. There are many good arguments for voting one’s conscience, but that’s not the wasted vote we should be worrying about.
C. Michael Pickens
C. Michael Pickens is the CMO and Co-Founder of CannaSales, Inc., former Northern Vice-Chairman of the LPCA and Chairman of the LPWA, and author of the book, "Libertarian Leadership."