The Libertarian Party of Indiana held its annual convention in Indianapolis this past weekend, April 23, 24 and 25. The Libertarian Party of Indiana selected its candidates for federal and state seats. Being Indiana’s only third-party, the LPIN does not participate in the primary system. It holds nominating conventions to elect candidates.
The convention selected Mike Wherry for Secretary of State. Wherry is a Greenfield resident, Naval officer, and patent attorney. The Secretary of State race is significant because the LPIN will achieve automatic ballot access for four years by winning two percent in the general election. For more information, visit www.mikewherry.com. Hendricks County resident Eric Knipe was selected as the party’s nominee for State Auditor.
Rebecca Sink-Burris was nominated by the delegates for United States Senate. Sink-Burris is a Monroe County resident and a life-long teacher. She challenged Evan Bayh in his first bid for United States Senate, and was the party’s candidate for Secretary of State candidate in 2002. For more information, visit www.electrebecca.com.
The delegates also nominated candidates for all nine Federal House seats for the first time in many years:
US House, Dist. 1: Jon Morris
US House, Dist. 2: Mark Vogel
US House, Dist. 3: Scott Wise
US House, Dist. 4: John Duncan
US House, Dist. 5: Chard Reid
US House, Dist. 6: T.J. Thomson
US House, Dist. 7: David Ezell
US House, Dist. 8: John Cunningham
US House, Dist. 9: Greg Knott
Three State Senate candidates and 22 State Representative candidates were selected, as well as delegates for the Libertarian National Convention in St. Louis, Missouri, later this year. For a full listing of candidates, please visit http://lpin.org/candidates/.
The Libertarian Party of Indiana state convention boasted the largest attendance of any other LP state party in the nation. Many speakers asserted that the country’s increasing problems and rising dissatisfaction with government should make voters more receptive to Libertarian values of limited government and personal responsibility.
The convention also witnessed a lively debate among Libertarian National Chairman candidates.
Chris Spangle, Executive Director
Libertarian Party of Indiana
156 E. Market Street
Indianapolis, IN 46204
Phone: (317) 920-1994