Libertarian Party of Indiana

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Libertarian Party of Indiana
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General Information
Chartered: July 14, 1974
Region: 3
Officers
Chair: Timothy Maguire
Vice Chair: Rodney Benker
Secretary: Frank Rossa
Treasurer: Michael Schultheiss
Contact
Address: 1111 E 54th St, Suite 158
Indianapolis IN 46220
Website: Website
Social Media

The Libertarian Party of Indiana is the Indiana affiliate of the Libertarian Party. The Libertarian Party of Indiana has continually earned ballot access since 1994. In 2008 the Libertarian presidential ticket of Bob Barr and Wayne Allyn Root had their strongest showing in Indiana receiving 1.1% of the vote (19,243 votes) [1]. On February 17, 2009 Indianapolis city-council member Edward Coleman publicly announced that he had left the Republican Party and joined the Libertarian Party [2] [3]. Coleman now is the highest-ranking Libertarian public official in the state, and one of the top (if not highest) ranking Libertarians holding elective office in the United States. The parties best finish in a statewide race came in 2006 when US Senate candidate Steve Osborn received 13% of the vote. Osborn had the best result for a third party candidate running for the Senate in the 2006 elections.

The founding meeting of the Libertarian Party of Indiana was held on July 14, 1974 at the Holiday Inn at Weir Cook Airport (now called the Indianapolis International Airport). Approximately 20-25 people attended including Paul Hyatt, Tom Duncan, Marvin Lazaro, Brian Bernstein, Dick Smith, Steve Butterbaugh and Charlie Reisert. Reisert made the motion to start the Libertarian Party of Indiana. The first headquarters was located at 1430 N. Capitol Avenue in Indianapolis. The LPIN became a minor political party in 1994 after achieving ballot access when Steve Dillon received more than 2% of the vote running for Secretary of State.

The Libertarian Party of Indiana is the only party other than the Democrats and Republicans with ballot access in Indiana. Hoosier Libertarians have continually earned ballot access since 1994. Other parties have tried – and failed – to gain ballot access.

Hoosier Libertarians advocate smaller government while defending civil liberties. In the last decade, Hoosier Libertarians came to the defense of eminent domain victims, marched in opposition to property tax laws, fought for reduced small business licensing and pursued fairness and transparency in our elections.

Indiana Libertarians lobbied dozens of city and town councils across Indiana to allow property owners to make the decision on smoking on their property.


LPIN State Officials and Staff

State Central Committee

Staff

Libertarian National Committee Representative

Current Elected Indiana Libertarian Officeholders

Elected Indiana Libertarian Officeholders with 2015 results [4]


1. Susan Bell, Hagerstown Town Court Judge, Wayne County
2. Elizabeth Brewer, Claypool Clerk-Treasurer, Kosciusko County
3. Terry Coffman, Liberty Township Board, Henry County
4. Dennis Denney, Shirley Town Council, Hancock County
5. Cheryl Heacox, Clay Township Board, Wayne County
6. Renee Sweeney, Ossian Town Council, Wells County
7. Larry Walters Dublin Town Council, Wayne County
8. Jessica Whitfield, Larwill Town Council, Whitley County

Appointed Libertarian Officeholders

  • Scott Baker, Elkhart County Convention & Visitors Commission
  • Rex Bell Hagerstown Board of Zoning Appeals
  • Rex Bell, Hagerstown Plan Commission, Chairman
  • Al Cox, Brown County Property Tax Assessment Board of Appeals
  • Brad Klopfenstein, Indianapolis Metropolitan Board of Zoning Appeals II
  • Mark Rutherford, Indiana Public Defender Commission, Chairman
  • Mark Smith, Centerville Plan Commission
  • Mark Smith, Wayne County Economic Development Commission.
  • Chris Spangle, Vote Indiana Team/Indiana HAVA Commission

Affiliates

Current
Former

Elections

See: Libertarian Party of Indiana Historical Election Results

Size and Influence

Year Minimum
Unique
Voters
Minimum
Percent
Of Voters
Signature
Members
(Dec)
Signature
Members
Per
Million
Population
LNC
Total Donors
2004 - 2016
Or
Active Members
1972 - 2003

(Dec)
LNC Donors
Per
Million
Population
State Rank
Of Total LNC
Donors
(Of 51)
2017 3,370 505 421 63.15 13
2016 162,460 5.79% 3,520 531 582 87.74 13
2015 3,199 483 332 50.15 11
2014 63,780 4.60% 3,129 474 344 52.15 13
2013 3,029 461 432 65.75 11
2012 145,282 5.45% 2,877 440 377 57.67 14
2011 2,732 419 354 54.32 13
2010 100,795 5.63% 2,673 412 375 57.78 13
2009 2,623 406 376 58.21 13
2008 57,376 2.04% 2,527 393 402 62.57 14
2007 2,391 375 354 55.49 15
2006 168,820 9.82% 2,338 369 274 43.27 15
2005 2,174 346 454 72.31 13
2004 67,419 2.68% (Aug) 576 92.41 13
2003 532 85.85 12
2002 63,665 4.08% 589 95.68 14
2001 557 90.90 16
2000 81,722 3.64% 622 102.10 17
1999 614 103.32 18
1998 56,575 3.50% 628 106.30 16
1997 406 69.14 18
1996 62,551 2.85% 432 74.04 17
1995 256 44.20 17
1994 46,849 2.91% 184 32.02 18
1993 182 31.92 17
1992 35,733 1.52% 201 35.58 19
1991 135 24.10 21
1990 1,144 0.07% 123 22.14 22
1989 96 17.38 23
1988 4,218 0.19% 82 14.93 19
1987
1986 21,040 1.30%
1985
1984 10,839 0.48%
1983
1982 11,060 0.60%
1981
1980 19,627 0.86%
1979
1978 1,612 0.11%
1977
1976
1975
1974
1973
1972

Past State Chairs

See: List of Chairs of the Libertarian Party of Indiana


LPIN Awards

Awards are presented at the LPIN Convention each year. With the exception of one award, all winners are granted their award by a vote of the LPIN membership.

Dr. Barbara Bourland Light of Liberty Award: The recipient is honored as the person most responsible for the growth of the party and dedication to the libertarian cause.

Past winners include:

  • 2018 - Jeremiah Morrell
  • 2017 - Rex Bell
  • 2016 - Karl Tatgenhorst
  • 2015 - Greg Hertzsch
  • 2014 - Beth Duensing
  • 2013 - Chris Spangle
  • 2012 - Evan McMahon
  • 2011 - Joyce and Paul Morrell
  • 2010 - Allison Maguire (Marion)
  • 2009 - Dan Drexler (LaPorte)
  • 2008 - Timothy Maguire (Marion)
  • 2007 - Mike Kole (Hamilton)
  • 2006 - Greg Kelver (LaPorte)
  • 2005 - Rex Bell (Wayne)
  • 2004 - Phil Miller (Hancock)
  • 2003 - Rebecca Sink-Burris (Monroe)
  • 2002 - Sam Goldstein (Marion)
  • 2001 - Mark Rutherford (Marion) & Andy Horning (Marion)
  • 2000 - Kurt St. Angelo (Marion)
  • 1999 - Steve Dillon (Marion)

Susan Bell Officeholder of the Year Award: Awarded to a current elected officeholder of the Libertarian Party that best promotes libertarian principles and values through public service.

Past winners include:

  • 2018 - Paul Morrell
  • 2017 - Susan Bell
  • 2016 - Chris Mayo
  • 2015 - Steve Coffman
  • 2014 - Brad Klopfenstein
  • 2013 - Al Cox
  • 2012 - Mark Rutherford
  • 2011 - Edward Coleman
  • 2010 - Edward Coleman (Marion)
  • 2009 - Susan Bell (Wayne)
  • 2006 - Ed Dilts (Johnson)

Ken Bisson Outreach Award: Awarded to a party member who has strived to spread the message of libertarian principles to as many potential voters as is possible.

Past winners include:

  • 2018 - Dakota Davis
  • 2017 - Rodney Benker
  • 2016 - Rodney Benker
  • 2015 - Donna Dunn
  • 2014 - Andrew Horning
  • 2013 - Chris Spangle
  • 2012 - Rupert Boneham
  • 2011 - Rex Bell
  • 2010 - Jerry Titus (Kokomo) and Paul Morrell (Rush)
  • 2009 - Doug Horner (Allen)
  • 2006 - Mike Sylvester (Allen)

Joe Hauptmann Campaign Leadership Award: Awarded to a campaign volunteer who has worked above and beyond in an extraordinary fashion, and has significantly contributed to the success of a campaign.

Past winners include:

  • 2017 - Jeremiah Morrell
  • 2016 - Angela Fisher
  • 2015 - Michael Sandridge
  • 2013 - Miah Akston
  • 2012 - (Tie) Allison Maguire, Evan McMahon and Chris Gault
  • 2011 - Dan Drexler
  • 2009 - (Tie) Melanie Hughes (Floyd), Allison Maguire (Marion), and Tim Maguire (Marion)
  • 2005 - Sheri Conover Sharlow (Grant)

Phil Miller Candidate of the Year: Awarded to a Libertarian Candidate that has shown an extraordinary ability to reach and connect with voters, as well as further the cause of libertarianism.

Past winners include:

  • 2017 - Lucy Brenton
  • 2016 - Mike Gunyon
  • 2015 - Chris Mayo
  • 2013 - Rupert Boneham
  • 2012 - Phil Miller
  • 2011 - Rebecca Sink-Burris
  • 2009 - (Tie) Dr. Eric Schansberg (Clark, Congressional District 9), Rex Bell (Wayne, House District 54)
  • 2005 - Kenn Gividen (Bartholomew)

Steve Dasbach Chairman's Award for Extraordinary Service: Awarded to an individual that has helped grow the Libertarian Party of Indiana in extraordinary ways over many years. This award is not voted on by LPIN membership, and it is the sole privilege of the Chair of the LPIN to award it to the recipient.

Past winners include:

  • 2018 - Frank Rossa
  • 2017 - Rex Bell
  • 2016 - Steve Dillon
  • 2015 - John Schick
  • 2014 - Beth Duensing, Greg Kelver and Michael Schultheiss
  • 2013 - Dale Wedel
  • 2012 - Mark Burris and Rebecca Sink-Burris
  • 2011 - Greg Hertzsch
  • 2010 - Todd Singer (Hendricks), Dale Wedel (Hendricks), and Dan Drexler (LaPorte)
  • 2009 - Andy Horning (Owen)
  • 2007 - Mark Rutherford (Marion), Mike Runnebohm (Shelby)
  • 2006 - Brad Klopfenstein (Marion), Cindy Kirkpatrick (Marion), Kenn Gividen (Bartholomew)

External links

Conventions

Dates Venue City Key Note Speaker(s)
May 4-6, 2018 Indianapolis Marriott Downtown Indianapolis TBD[1]

Elections

See Also


Libertarian Party of Indiana
Affiliates: AllenClarkHendricksHenryJacksonJasperJohnsonKnoxLakeLaPorteMarionMorganPikeRushSt. JosephTippecanoeVanderburghWayneWashington
Former affiliates: Steuben
Other: Election ResultsChairs


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  1. http://lpin.org/2018-lpin-convention-may-4-6/