FREDONIA – The Chautauqua County Libertarian Party will hold its annual convention on Sunday, April 14 at Noon at EBC West (34 W. Main Street) in Fredonia. Organizers say all are welcome to attend.
The convention will feature 2018 gubernatorial candidate Larry Sharpe as keynote speaker, as well as the election of officers and other party business. Several candidates seeking the Libertarian Party’s endorsement in town, city, and county offices will also speak to the convention on their candidacies.
“2019 is a big year for the Libertarian Party in New York,” said Andrew Martin Kolstee, Chair of the Chautauqua County Libertarian Party. “Last year, our candidate for Governor of New York, Larry Sharpe, secured ballot access for the Libertarian Party and now we are a recognized political party in New York State. Our structure will be changing, and we will be able to run candidates with less petitioning requirements, and so we can focus more on campaigning and discussing the issues.”
The party will be electing officers and hosting candidate presentations.”We have 25 candidates that we are interviewing that are running for various town/city/county offices and they have been attending our meetings. Several will be present at our convention,” Kolstee recently told WRFA. “We have not yet officially endorsed any, as we will be working on interviewing them to determine endorsements. Endorsement of Libertarian candidates will begin on April 14. Candidates seeking cross-endorsement will be vetted and the first endorsements, if any, will be voted upon in July.”
“This year, our candidates will only need certification in this transition year for the party,” said Kolstee. “We are vetting candidates, and are seeking to endorse those who want to advance the principles of the Libertarian Party in our county.”
In addition to running for governor in 2018, Sharpe is a U.S. Marine veteran, father, husband, entrepreneur, teacher, and business consultant. He plans to talk about how to continue the historic momentum built during that run for Governor, what’s next for the Libertarian Party in New York, and how you can continue to #TurnYourCountyGold.
“Larry is a fierce advocate for all of your Constitutional Rights all of the time,” Kolstee explained in a media release. “He’ll talk about the issues in your region, advancing liberty in your community, or any of these topics: repealing the SAFE Act, innovative education options, eliminating the state income tax, facilitating innovative non-taxpayer funding, eliminating tolls, localizing more government decisions, transparent government, relieving over-regulated farmers, saving Main Street, criminal justice reform, family court reform, supporting newer industries that New York State is crushing, and stopping the population exodus from New York.”
The Chautauqua County Libertarian Party is a chapter of the Libertarian Party of New York and was formed to advance liberty in Chautauqua County and give the people of Chautauqua County another choice. Please like us on Facebook and visit our website at ChautauquaLP.org.