Recruiting Candidates for Local Offices

The Libertarian Party of Pennsylvania (LPPA) is seeking registered Libertarians to file for local offices throughout Pennsylvania.
Pennsylvania has lots of local offices in small districts. Often, nobody files for them at all. If a Libertarian files for an unopposed office, the Libertarian is almost certain to win.

Like most states, Pennsylvania is divided into counties, but additionally, all Pennsylvanians are also part of a municipality (city, borough, or township). Many of the municipalities have very small populations.

Read more about Pennsylvania municipalities.
View a list of elected Libertarians statewide.

Of the 241 nationwide elected Libertarians, 65 of them (27 percent) are from Pennsylvania, the most for any state. All publicly elected offices in Pennsylvania are partisan, so voters are actually choosing a candidate with a Libertarian label. Many other states have nonpartisan local elections.
Offices up for election in Pennsylvania include positions like auditor, borough council, mayor, supervisor, commissioner, school board, constable, inspector of elections, and more. Many Libertarians are serving in these offices. Here are some descriptions:

Auditor. An article in The Sentinel explains more about the township auditor position. Thirty-five Libertarians serve as auditors in Pennsylvania, including LPPA State Chair Jenn Moore.

Councilor. The job of borough councilor or township council member is a very important legislative role. The council may meet monthly, and passes ordinances, rules, and regulations that affect residents in many important ways, including impacting tax rates. The qualifications are minimal. No degrees or work experience are required. Training is provided. Ten Libertarians serve on elected councils in Pennsylvania.

Constable. A constable is an elected law enforcement officer, and the job may involve as little as keeping the peace on election day. Sometimes constables work for the courts serving summons. In some cases, constables perform low-level law enforcement activities typically associated with police or sheriff’s departments. The qualifications are minimal and are based on where you live. No degrees or work experience is required. Ordinary people really can do this job. Constables do not have to have a law enforcement background. Training is provided. Pay varies based on the situation. In some cases, it’s a full-time job. In others, they do almost nothing. Eight Libertarians serve as constables in Pennsylvania.

For more, see Serving As An Elected Libertarian Constable in Pennsylvania.

RECRUITING TEAM

We have an experienced team recruiting candidates and guiding them through the process of filing paperwork and getting elected.
LPPA Elections Manager Dr. Chuck Moulton, State Chair Jenn Moore, former Libertarian Party Executive Director Wes Benedict, along with other state and local Libertarian Party leaders are mailing letters, emailing, and phoning registered Libertarians directly to encourage them to file for what are most likely to be unopposed races.

As mentioned previously, Jenn Moore serves as an elected Auditor, and Dr. Moulton has served as a Whitpain Judge of Elections since 2018, an election he won by simply writing in his name for the office.
To get involved, contact any or all of the following people:

Wes Benedict: wesbenedict@gmail.com, (512) 659‐8896 (call or text)
Jennifer Moore, LPPA Chair: chair@lppa.org, (484) 243‐0044 (call or text)
Chuck Moulton, Elections Manager: chuck@moulton.org

See how to contribute.

 

RESOURCES FOR CANDIDATES (#resources):

Find your county elections office: https://www.votespa.com/Resources/Pages/Contact-Your-Election-Officials.aspx

Blank Form: Statement of Financial Interests

Guide and FAQs for Statement of Financial Interests (Version 7/29/2021 v4.0) Has critical updates for Constable.

OLD VERSION – PLEASE USE ABOVE  – Guide and FAQs for Statement of Financial Interests (Version 7/26/2021 v3.0) Document likely to be updated periodically up until 8/2/2021 so check back for updates.

 

Blank Form: 2021 Nomination Paper Minor Political Party

Blank Form: Minor Political Party Candidate’s Affidavit

Blank Form: Waiver of Expense some counties

 

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