California Libertarian Partisan Campaign Network
In California, there is a strict division between "partisan" federal and state offices, and "non-partisan" local offices. Candidates for local office are not labeled "Libertarian" even if they are LP members and registered Libertarian.
We believe that running Libertarians as Libertarians is an essential function of the Libertarian Party.
Other forms of political action are certainly important, and they can complement this basic function, but they cannot replace it!
Why run as a Libertarian candidate?
If you agree, please join us:
Only candidates running as Libertarians can help build the Libertarian "brand". Without this, voters can never come to see us as an alternative to the Democrats and Republicans.
Only candidates running for federal and state office can use their campaigns to address issues that bring the most people to the Libertarian Party.
Issues like the income tax, war and peace, the welfare state, ending the war on drugs, freedom of the press including on the Internet, the government takeover of the health care industry, and the value of our money. Candidates for local office can't make any of these a major issue in their campaigns -- not if they are trying to win.
The votes for non-partisan candidates can't help us measure growth in support for our political philosophy. Only votes for "Libertarian" candidates can show us that the number of voters who really understand that "freedom is the answer" is growing.
And only by offering candidates with "Libertarian" next to their names can we invite voters to start on the path to becoming members and supporters, by taking that critical first step of voting Libertarian. Without this, the slogan "Vote Libertarian" is meaningless!