Virginia Libertarian Party has Recruited Candidates for each of the State’s 11 Congressional Districts

For the first time in history, the Libertarian Party in Virginia has recruited candidates for each of the state's 11 congressional districts.

In addition to the candidates for U.S. Congress, there is also a libertarian candidate for the at-large U.S. Senate seat.

On the other hand, Virginia democrats are struggling to find candidates in the 7th congressional district to oppose House Majority Leader Eric Cantor and in the 5th congressional district to oppose Republican Robert Hurt.

The Libertarian Party candidates still have to collect the minimum of 1,000 registered voters' signatures to qualify for the November ballot. The deadline is Tuesday, June 10, which is the same day as the primary election. According to Virginia the liberty blog Bearing Drift, none of the candidates have finished the ballot qualification process.

Libertarian Allen Knapp told Joshua Cook, "You're never going to find a candidate that you agree with 100 percent, but there is one thing that I do like about being a part of the Libertarian Party and that is what we believe in, we stick to our guns. We're not going to say one thing, get elected and then flip flop on it. Because we can't. It's just not the way we are. And the way the whole two-party system has been, what's to hold them accountable? If you're a Republican, do you vote for the Republican candidate, and he wins, and then he flip flops. What are you going to do next election? Vote for a Democrat? No. You're going to stick with a Republican. That's why I like the option of a third party and look for a third party being in these races. It gives you another option, and it will hold those that are going through the election accountable for what they say."

The 11 Libertarian Party of Virginia candidates for U.S. Congress include:

1st District: Xavian Draper

2nd District: Allen Knapp

3rd District: Justin Upshaw

4th District: Bo Brown

5th District: Paul Jones

6th District: Will Hammer

7th District: James Carr

8th District: Jeffrey Carson

9th District: Matthew Edwards

10th District: Bill Redpath

11th District: Marc Harrold

Libertarian U.S. Senate candidate Robert Sarvis spearheaded the recruitment initiative.

Sarvis and Redpath are the only ones who have previously sought public office. In addition to running for governor last year, Sarvis ran (as a Republican) for the state senate in 2011. Redpath, who has served as state and national Libertarian Party chairman, ran for Virginia governor in 2001 and for the U.S. Senate in 2008. The other ten are first-time candidates.


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  • Al Egro

    To thrive over the long term, we should make use of the customs and practices upon which the oaks of liberty and prosperity grew tall and strong in the first place.

  • el_loco_jp

    Th libertarians/losertarians are at it again. Siphoning off enough conservative votes to ensure the Demoncraps will in all 11 VA congressional seats.

  • bull57

    Why do they need to collect the 1000 signatures, Conyers doesn't have to! Oh wait, he is a dimocrap!

  • geneww1938

    I would love to see the statistics of previous party affiliations for the new libertarians.

    I believe this group is being funded by progressives, democrats and liberals to advance the democrats and undermine the conservatives since more conservatives will switch to avoid RINOs than the others to avoid the party that denies God.

    • John Patriot

      I think you may be right. The demoncrats know we are hip on the john McCain rinos that openly serve the fascist party of demoncrats and now they will try another party to tilt the balance. They are definitely desperate at this point. All of the dems that I know are totally discusted with the yobastard tribe.

    • freedomringsforall

      This has been done over and over and over since the foundation of the Republican Party.
      A third party or independent candidate splits the conservative vote for the liberal to win.
      Einstein quote more or less:
      doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result is the definition of insanity