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Libertarian Party of Massachusetts
AbbreviationLPMA
ChairmanCris Crawford
Founded1971; 48 years ago (1971)
HeadquartersFramingham, Massachusetts
Membership (February 1, 2019)16,893 [1]
IdeologyLibertarianism
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Website
www.lpmass.org

The Libertarian Party of Massachusetts[lower-alpha 1] (LPMA) is one of four political parties officially recognized by the Secretary of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.[2] and is the Massachusetts affiliate of the national Libertarian Party (LP). It is headquartered in Framingham, Massachusetts.

Under the system of political parties and political designations in Massachusetts, the Libertarian Party is often the only third political party to receive enough votes to become an officially recognized party alongside the Republican Party and Democratic Party.

On April 16, 2019, the party's former political director, Dan Fishman, was appointed to be the executive director for the Libertarian Party of the United States.[3]

History[edit | edit source]

Former presidential candidate Ed Clark and Rebecca Shipman, the affiliate's gubernatorial candidate, spoke at the 1982 state convention at the Holiday Inn in Somerville which was attended by the majority of the two hundred registered Libertarians in the state.[4] Later the party attempted to challenge the 40,000 signature requirement to appear on the ballot and force the Secretary of State to accept the 10,000 signatures they had gathered, but the district court rejected the injunction due to "vagueness" in their affidavits.[5]

In the 2002 Senate election the Republican failed to appear on the ballot for the first time in Massachusetts history, coincidentally the previous Republican candidate in 1996 was Bill Weld, resulting in John Kerry's only opponent being Libertarian Michael Cloud which resulted in most conservatives voting for Kerry, but a significant amount voted for Cloud giving him 18.43% of the vote which at the time was the best percentage showing for a Libertarian in a Senate race until Joe Miller received nearly 30% in 2016, but they still hold the total vote record.[6]

2018 Elections[edit | edit source]

At the party's 2018 convention, it formally endorsed ranked-choice voting and nominated candidates for the 2018 midterm elections. [7]

Dan Fishman, the political director for the party, ran to be State Auditor of Massachusetts. His campaign was noted for securing an endorsement by the Boston Globe. [8][9][10] Fishman ultimately received 4% of vote in his run which secured ballot access for the Massachusetts state party affiliate.[11][12]

Electoral performance[edit | edit source]

The best Libertarian showing in Massachusetts in a vote for President of the United States was in the 2016 United States presidential election in Massachusetts when the Libertarian Party's ticket won 4.22% of the vote. Former Massachusetts Republican Governor Bill Weld was on that ticket as the vice president candidate, with Gary Johnson, the candidate for president.

The Massachusetts Libertarian Party had the best percentage showing of any Libertarian candidate in a race for U.S. Senate until Joe Miller's candidacy in the 2016 United States Senate election in Alaska. Carla Howell in the 2000 United States Senate election in Massachusetts had won 11.9% and Michael Cloud in the 2002 United States Senate election in Massachusetts won 18.4% in a two-person race with Democratic John Kerry and no Republican on the ballot. [6]

Presidential[edit | edit source]

Year Presidential nominee Votes
1972 John Hospers (Write-in) 43 (0.00%)
1976 Roger MacBride (Write-in) 135 (0.01%)
1980 Ed Clark 22,038 (0.87%)
1984 David Bergland Not on ballot
1988 Ron Paul 24,251 (0.92%)
1992 Andre Marrou 7,458 (0.27%)
1996 Harry Browne 20,426 (0.80%)
2000 Harry Browne 16,366 (0.61%)
2004 Michael Badnarik 15,022 (0.52%)
2008 Bob Barr 13,189 (0.43%)
2012 Gary Johnson 30,920 (0.98%)
2016 Gary Johnson 138,018 (4.22%)

See also[edit | edit source]


Others articles of the Topic Libertarianism : Illinois Policy Institute, Democratic Freedom Caucus
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References[edit | edit source]

  1. "Massachusetts Registered Voters".
  2. "Massachusetts Directory of Political Parties and Designations".
  3. Sarwark, Nicholas (16 April 2019). "Dan Fishman joins Libertarian Party staff as executive director". Libertarian Party. Retrieved 17 April 2019.
  4. "Mass. Libertarians aiming for permanent ballot spot". Boston Globe. February 7, 1982. Archived from the original on 2019-04-17.
  5. "Election law challenge rejected". Boston Globe. April 16, 1982. Archived from the original on 2019-04-17.
  6. 6.0 6.1 "Fight for control of Senate intensifies". CNN. November 1, 2002. Archived from the original on 2002-11-21.
  7. "A Clamor in the Commonwealth; Massachusetts Libertarians Look to the Future in Springfield". Independent Political Report. November 1, 2018. Archived from the original on 2018-11-06.
  8. Welch, Matt (30 October 2018). "Boston Globe Endorses Libertarian Dan Fishman for Massachusetts State Auditor". Reason.com. Reason Foundation. Retrieved 17 April 2019.
  9. Johnston, Bob (30 October 2018). "Boston Globe: "Give this Libertarian a shot"". Libertarian Party. Retrieved 17 April 2019.
  10. "Editorial board endorsement: Dan Fishman, a Libertarian, for auditor - The Boston Globe". BostonGlobe.com. 29 October 2018. Retrieved 17 April 2019.
  11. "2018 Auditor General Election". PD43+ ». Secretary of the Commonwealth of MA. Retrieved 17 April 2019.
  12. Sarwark, Nicholas (31 December 2018). "2018 Libertarian Party victories and 2019 goals". Libertarian Party. Retrieved 17 April 2019.
  13. Lips, Evan (8 August 2016). "Weld: 'I'll tell you who's going to win'". NewBostonPost. Retrieved 17 April 2019.

Notes[edit | edit source]

  1. The affilate also goes by the name "Libertarian Association of Massachusetts (LAMA)

External links[edit | edit source]

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