The Libertarian Party of Minnesota announces we are successful in our petitioning efforts to field five statewide candidates for the 2014 statewide election. It is the first time the LPMN has fielded a full slate since 1998.
Candidates of minor political parties in Minnesota need to gather 2000 signatures during a two week period that ends June 3rd to be listed on the ballot for state-wide races. All candidates have the required number of a signatures, plus a comfortable margin. The petitions are scheduled to be handed in to the Secretary of State's office today (Tuesday) at 1pm for verification.
We need YOUR help! Libertarian gubernatorial candidate Chris Holbrook was unlawfully arrested by Minneapolis Park Police at Lake Calhoun for exercising his first amendment rights by gathering signatures in order to gain ballot access. Unlike candidates of the two major parties, Libertarian candidates are required to gather 2,000 signatures within a two-week period just to be listed on the statewide ballot. With five candidates running, that's 10,000 signatures by June 3rd!
These are the two most important weeks in the entire election season for us, period. One has already passed. We'll have to double down and boost our efforts significantly in this upcoming week if we are to get all 5 statewide candidates on the ballot. It would be the first to the LPMN has done so since 1998.
'Wonderful' and 'enjoy' aren’t words that often come to mind in the realm of politics. But those who came to hear the candidates, speakers, and new ideas presented at the 2014 LPMN State Convention found that the Libertarian Party of Minnesota is unlike other parties in many ways.