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For immediate release
March 21, 2016
Libertarians Elect New Leadership, Host Presidential Candidates Debate
Libertarian Party of Pennsylvania (LPPA) focuses on smaller government, lower taxes, more freedom
Members of the Libertarian Party of Pennsylvania elected new leadership this past weekend at their 2016 convention in Philadelphia. The new team will continue to advance the LPPA’s mission of smaller government and lower taxes as the Commonwealth, and the nation, look to the November presidential election.
Shawn Patrick House (Lancaster County) will serve as chair of the LPPA. Daniel Richardson (Northampton County) will serve as the party’s eastern vice chair. Bill Sloan (Cumberland County), Karla Felty (Schuylkill County), and Richard Schwarz (Philadelphia County) were re-elected as western vice chair, secretary, and treasurer, respectively.
The elections came during an exciting convention weekend, the highlight of which was a debate among multiple candidates vying for the nomination of the national Libertarian Party for president. Candidates at the debate included former New Mexico governor Gary Johnson (the Libertarian Party’s 2012 nominee for president), Marc A. Feldman, Darryl W. Perry, and Derrick M. Reid. In a first for the LPPA, the event was broadcast live over the internet.
Additional attendees included Carla Howell, political director for the national Libertarian Party, and other Libertarians from across the country. Many attendees, particularly first-time attendees, were enthusiastic about the opportunity to have one-on-one access to presidential candidates and party leadership during the convention weekend.
Newly elected chair Shawn Patrick House, a candidate for office in the 16th Congressional District of Pennsylvania, issued the following statement after the conclusion of the convention:
“What an exceptional weekend for liberty in the city where our nation was born! We have come to a crossroads in America and in the Commonwealth. It is clear that the old parties offer only the illusion of choice and now, more than ever, people are realizing that what they truly want is a government that will allow them to live their lives in whatever peaceful manner that they wish.
“This is particularly obvious here in Pennsylvania, where our state government is more dysfunctional than ever: an ongoing budget stalemate, proposals to grow the size and scope of government through ever-expanding taxation, and ballot access requirements that, despite having been ruled unconstitutional by a federal court, continue to limit voter choice.
“I’m pleased and proud to be assuming leadership of this great party at such a pivotal moment, and I thank Shawn Felty for his service over the past year. But we’re just getting started.
“The time for change is now. The time for smaller government, lower taxes, and a return to individual liberty is now. Libertarian candidates, such as those who will be running for office across Pennsylvania this fall, aren’t just another choice, they are THE choice.”
Outgoing chair Shawn Felty remarked, “Pennsylvania will matter on the national stage, perhaps more than ever, in the 2016 election. I’m excited to see how Shawn’s energy and enthusiasm will help take the LPPA to the next level as he continues our mission to shrink government and respect everyone’s freedoms, all of the time. I'm also particularly pleased to welcome Dan Richardson to the party’s leadership team. He may be relatively new to the LPPA, but his energy and enthusiasm have convinced us that he is right for this role and I look forward to seeing him work with Libertarians across the eastern half of the state over the next year.”
The Libertarian Party of Pennsylvania is the state affiliate of the third largest political party in the United States and advocates a return to a limited government that respects the rights of all individuals, all of the time.
Shawn Patrick House, LPPA Chair Vacant Media Relations Chair