One of the best ways for a Libertarian make an impact is to run for State Representative. Although the signature requirement to get on the ballot is unfairly high compared to that of the major parties, it is still achievable without having to pay signature collectors. Each state rep represents about 60,000 voters. This is big enough to get some attention, but small enough to be able to get your message out without having to raise hundreds of thousands of dollars.
In Januray long time state rep Robert Godshall (R - Lansdale/Souderton) announced his retirement presenting an opportunity for a Libertarian to run and have an impact in a fresh field of candidates. The list of state representative positions up for election in Montgomery County in 2018 are listed here. Are you up for the challenge?
|District||Incumbent||Incumbent Party||Incumbent Since||Location||Signatures Required (2%)|
|61||Kate Harper||R||2003||North Wales||410|
|148||Mary Jo Daley||D||2013||Ambler||494|
|149||Tim Briggs||D||2009||Upper Merion||448|
|157||Warren Kampf||R||2011||Upper Providence||383|
|166||Greg Vitali||D||1993||Lower Merion||476|
|194||Pamela Delissio||D||2011||Lower Merion||460|
Every two years, half of the state senate seats are up for reelection. In 2018 there are four state senate seats on the ballot that touch Montgomery County. One of those is currently held by long time Senator Stewart Greenleaf who recently announced he would not be running for another term.
|Senatorial District||Incumbent||Incumbent Party||Incumbent Since||Signatures Required (2%)|
|4||Arthur Haywood III||D||2014||1561|
Running for Congress as a Librertarian in PA is not easy. The large signature requirement for ballot access imposed by the State Legislature unfairly discriminates against third party and independent candidates. Additionally major party candidates generally have large fundraising advantages gained from taking funds from the state parties as well as from unscrupulous wealthy donors and special interest groups seeking favorable treatment from government.
However, all is not lost. The 2018 election cycle is shaping up to be a good one for Pennsylvania Libertarians to make an impact. In January the PA Supreme court found Pennsylvania's Congressional districts to be unconstitutionally gerrymandered and ordered all of them to be redrawn. If the ruling stands, the resulting congressional districts should be more competitive between the two major parties, at least in theory. This is mostly good news for Libertarians. Districts with an even split of Democratic and Republican voters are more easily disrupted by third parties and independents. This effectively gives the Libertarians more power and makes it harder for the major party candidates to ignore a Libertarian candidate screaming from the sidelines. Here are the opportunities in Montgomery County PA to run for US Congress.
|Congressional District||Incumbent||Incumbent Party||Incumbent Since||Signatures Required (2%)|
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