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This is the official website of the Libertarian Party of Oregon (LPO). Check this site periodically to keep abreast of LPO activities, campaigns, and more. This website also serves as a resource for people to learn more about the party, become involved, and get information about how to participate effectively in the LPO and the larger libertarian movement. Check the other pages on this website to learn more.
Candidates signing up to compete for Libertarian nominations for 2018 partisan offices. Winners to be placed on November Ballot. Deadline is May 1, 2018.
the Message Out in Past Elections: From
left to right, Libertarian nominee for Sec. of State Richard
Morley being interviewed on KEX radio, three television
stations setting up for election night coverage from the LPO's
Beaverton office, and Libertarian nominee for Oregon governor
(seated in the center) participating in a televised
debate. Libertarian candidates do win elections.
But even when they don't they change the political landscape
by bringing their ideas into the public forum. You
The Libertarian Party of Oregon (LPO) will hold its 2018 primary election during the month of May to determine who will represent the Libertarian Party on November 2018 general election ballot. Nominees will face Republicans, Democrats, and the nominees of other political parties as they compete to win partisan public offices throughout the state.
The deadline to sign up for the Libertarian primary election is May 1, 2018. Voter pamphlet statements are due on the same day. Ballots will be mailed to registered Libertarian voters in Oregon on May 8. Votes will be counted on June 12. If you are interested in learning more, click HERE.
The Libertarian Party was active in Oregon's short legislative session joining a coalition which successfully stopped proposed "Cap-and-Trade" taxes.
Though the legislature is dominated by Republicans and Democrats, Libertarians have regularly been able to impact legislative sessions through lobbying efforts. This year, Vice Chair Tim Reeves led the LPO's lobbying team making regular trips to Salem to meet with legislators, testify before committees, and otherwise advance the LPO's legislative agenda.
In this short session, the lion's share of our team's efforts focused on stopping HB 4001 and related legislation which would impose a system of "Cap-and-Trade" taxes. The LPO joined a coalition of free market organizations and anti-tax legislators in a successful bid to stop this bill. The LPO also took a position against a sweeping gun control bill, HB 4145, which narrowly passed and was signed into law.
LPO Holds its 2018 Annual Business Convention in Salem. Delegates elect members to party office, endorse candidates, and back reunification.
LPO Convention Marked by Productivity. From right
to left, Senator Kim Thatcher, the first sitting state
senator to speak at an LPO function, addresses delegates
asking for a cross-nomination. In the next photo, LPO
delegates listening to an officer report. The event
was held at the Salem Red Lion Hotel.
The Libertarian Party of Oregon (LPO) held its 2018 Annual Business Convention at the Salem Red Lion hotel on Saturday, March 10, 2018, at 9:00 a.m. The annual convention is where the LPO organizes itself internally and prepares to maximize its role in Oregon's election cycle. During the convention attendees elected members to serve on the LPO Judicial Committee and passed a variety of resolutions supporting Libertarian candidates running for office and supporting the reunification of the LP in Oregon.
Republican senator Kim Thatcher asked for and received time at the podium to address delegates. Thatcher asked for Libertarians to cross-nominate her using Oregon's fusion candidate law. She noted her work with Libertarians on a variety of legislative measures. In keeping with an effort to reunify the factions of the LPO operating separately, Thatcher was referred to the Libertarian Primary election process discussed above on this web page.
convention was widely regarded as successful, productive, and
fun as the business session was preceded by an informal
gathering the night before in the hotel restaurant.
outreach to the next generation! LPO
participates in Central Catholic High School's
Democracy in Action event on December 1st.
Libertarians? LPO Secretary RIchard
P. Burke represented the Libertarian Party of Oregon at the
Democracy in Action event held by Portland's Central Catholic
Each year, Portland's Central Catholic High School holds a Democracy in Action event in the high school gymnasium. Representatives from political parties, public officials, and other groups work at tables while interested high school juniors and seniors engage them in conversation. This year, LPO Secretary Richard P. Burke represented the LPO and spoke with dozens of students during the two-hour event. The LPO, the Republican Party, and the Multnomah Sheriff's office consistently attracted the largest crowds among the representatives participating in the event.
LPO Members across the factional divide celebrate the holiday season at TopGolf, enjoying conversation, food, and fun!
Libertarians from both factions came
together for golf, food, and conversation at the LPO's Top
Golf Holiday event. The sold out event was enjoyed by
For the second year the LPO sponsored an informal holiday event for party activists. Last year, the event was held in Beaverton at Big Al's Bowling Center. This year, at Top Gold in Hillsboro, members from both factions came together for good fellowship, to discuss ways to reunite the factions of the party, and brainstorming on ways to prepare for the 2018 legislative session general election.
The LPO's "Project Groundswell 2018" is making headway!
WHAT IS "PROJECT GROUNDSWELL"? This ongoing initiative consists of packages of realistic projects the LPO and it's affiliates take on each year. Together, projects that are a part of Operation Groundswell will increase LPO membership and the registered voter base, along with our party's political relevance and effectiveness. Currently, Project Groundswell consists of the following projects:
PROJECT: The 2018 Oregon Legislative Session. COMPLETED! Libertarian lobbyists, led by LPO Vice Chair Tim Reeves, lobbied state legislators, testified before legislative committees, and communicated with House and Senate offices to fend off a number of bills, most notably proposed "cap and trade taxes." These taxes, while ostensibly meant to fight climate change, would have have no appreciable impact on the environment, would discourage investment and job creation, and was a thinly veiled attempt for government to get more of our money.
PROJECT: The 2017 Oregon Legislative Session. COMPLETED! LPO members were active in the Salem legislature on a regular basis working on bills to establish Education Savings Accounts, advance the concept of fully informed juries, fight new tax increases and a variety of other topics. LPO officers also worked with the Oregon Citizens' Lobby to support limited government legislation.
PROJECT: The 2016 Oregon Legislative Session. COMPLETED! In this year's short 45 day session, the LPO maintained a consistent presence in Salem working and testifying in support of legislation designed to improve government transparency. LPO vice-chair Tim Reeves worked on his own and with the Oregon Citizens' Lobby on a package of transparancy bills and election integrity.
PROJECT: The 2015 Oregon Legislative Session. COMPLETED! The LPO actively lobbied the legislature on several bills having a common theme of supporting individual privacy and choice. Success was realized with respect to the following bills.
A. "Right to Try" - HB2300. SIGNED INTO LAW! This new law enables terminally ill patients to access and use drugs not yet approved by the government for use. You can read the new law by clicking HERE. The LPO was recognized as a coalition partner working for HB2300's passage by Portland's Cascade Policy Institute and the bills primary sponsor, Mitch Greenlick (D). The LPO's effort was endorsed supported by Gov. Gary Johnson's Our America Initiative. and the Tenth Amendment Center.
B. Individual Right to Privacy - SJR17. DID NOT PASS. This was a bill introduced on behalf of the Libertarian Party. It would have amended the Oregon Constitution to create an explicit right of individual privacy, modeled after a similar clause in the Montana State Constitution. You can read and track the bill by clicking HERE. With individual privacy eroding almost daily, this bill was intended to start a conversation about privacy, why we need it, what the limits of privacy are, and how we can to preserve it. This part of the LPO's legislative agenda has also been endorsed as a project by Gov. Gary Johnson's Our America Initiative.
Restricting Use of License Plate Readers - SB639.
DID NOT PASS. This bill would have placed restrictions on the
use of automatic license plate readers by by government
agencies and police. You can read about it HERE.
This bill passed out of one committee but died in another.
Oregon Political Party Self-Sufficiency Act - SB707.
This final bill introduced on behalf of the LPO would
have required that all political parties finance their own
candidate selection process. While it was never believed
this bill would go anywhere (Republicans and Democrats like
having their candidate selection subsidized!), it was thought
that it the idea might be made viable as the Independent Party
of Oregon achieved major party status and now gets to hold
state-funded primary elections alongside the Republicans and
PROJECT: LPO 2018 Annual Business Convention. COMPLETED! The LPO held its 2018 Annual Business Convention at the Red Lion Hotel in Salem on March 10, 2018. At the convention the LPO elected members to its Judicial Committee (to serve two-year terms), endorsed candidates, and passed a resolution supporting the current effort to re-unify the Libertarian Party in Oregon.
PROJECT: Building County Parties. ONGOING! The LPO is working to rebuild it's network of county parties. County parties provide Libertarian voters and activists with venues for political activity where they live. They make it possible for the Libertarian Party to have a true statewide presence while providing local activists with statewide reach and resources. A vibrant network of county parties is key to providing support for Libertarian candidates and building party registration.
Building Party Registration. ONGOING!
Simply engaging in political campaigns and other
activities can inspire people to register Libertarian.
During 2017 the LPO will engage on a statewide media tour to
promote the Libertarian Party, encourage voters to register
Libertarian, and work with it's county organizations to build
their profile through activities such as county fair booths.
It is a realistic and achievable way to build the LPO while
achieving political success now. Make a contribution to
the LPO today! Contributions
made to the LPO quality for the Oregon Political Tax Credit ($50 per individual, $100 per
joint filing). To contribute to the LPO, just
click the SUPPORT tab at the top of the page or JOIN THE LPO
by clicking the BUY NOW button shown at the bottom of this web
Richard Burke Elected Vice-Chair of the Oregon Govt. Ethics Commission
One year after being appointed to the Oregon Government Ethics Commission by Oregon's governor, Richard P. Burke was elected vice-chair of that board by the other commissioners. If you click on the right-hand graphics shown above, you can download the Commission's current "Guide for Public Officials" including a 2015 update.
Before taking a position on the Commission, Burke was vetted by the governor’s office, testified before the Senate Interim Committee on Rules and Executive Appointments, and was confirmed by the Oregon senate, dominated by state Democrats, by a 26-0-4 vote on Sept. 23, 2016. Burke is the first Libertarian to serve on this appointed board.
It is the mission of the Oregon Government Ethics Commission to “impartially and effectively administer and enforce Oregon’s government ethics laws for the benefit of Oregon’s citizens.” The Commission emphasizes education in achieving its mission.
Burke also currently serves as an elected commissioner for the Tualatin Valley Water District which serves over 250,000 residents in Portland’s western suburbs and corporate ratepayers such as Nike, Intel, Tektronics, Hewlett Packard, Reeser’s Fine Foods, and others.
LPO holds its 2017 Annual Business Convention at the Eagle Crest Resort. Officers were re-elected, bylaw amendments were approved, and more.
from the 2017 LPO Annual Business Convention. From
left to right, photos of the convention in progress, good
times at the reception held the night before, and a photo of
the re-elected officers including Tim Reeves (Vice Chair),
Ian Epstein (Chair), Greg Burnett (Treasurer), and Richard
Overview. The Libertarian Party of Oregon (LPO) held its 2017 Annual Business Convention at 9:00 a.m. on March 18th at the Eagle Crest Resort outside of Redmond. Delegates in attendance elected party officers, county representatives, considered amendments to its governing documents, and considered resolutions concerning bills currently working their way through the 2017 Oregon legislative session.
Elections. Ian Epstein, Tim Reeves, Richard Burke, and Greg Burnett were re-elected to their positions of state party chair, vice chair, secretary, and treasurer, respectively. Natasha Burke and John Reeves were selected to represent Washington county on the executive committee. Officers serve two-year terms. County representatives serve one-year terms.
Bylaw Amendments. A bylaw amendment proposal initially approved in 2015 was adopted which will assure that the LPO would not put itself in a position where it would be required to file reports with the Federal Elections Commission. Two other housekeeping bylaw amendments were initially approved. If also approved at the 2019 LPO Annual Business Convention they will be adopted (amendments to LPO governing bylaws must pass by two-thirds majorities at two consecutive Annual Business Conventions taking place in odd-numbered years).
Resolutions. The body also endorsed Senate Bill 924, sponsored by Republican state senator Kim Thatcher, which would require judges to inform juries that they legally have the power to sit in judgment of laws in addition to whether or not defendants are guilty of violating those laws.
Moving Forward. “This convention was good for party continuity moving forward,” said LPO Chair Ian Epstein. “We are working hard to build party unity and become a more influential force in Oregon politics.” The Libertarian Party of Oregon will now turn its full attention toward the 2017 legislative session in Salem, the May 16 local elections, building infrastructure capable of supporting campaigns, and preparing for the 2018 partisan election cycle.
11th Johnson for President Pizza Social Was a Blast!
Photos from the LPO's second annual pizza social. The pizza made in the outdoor wood-fired oven was great, but the camaraderie was even better! From Left to right, Scott Scrimshaw, Drew Layda, and Robert Rowe enjoying the day; Help us kick off the 2016 campaign season and show your support for Gary Johnson and other Libertarian candidates!
The significance of September 11th was
not lost on the roughly 40 Libertarians who attended this
party, and a moment of silence was observed in honor of all
that was lost. After that, the day was used to honor
and celebrate the resilience of our nation and the freedoms
we still enjoy to speak freely and engage in open political
activity. It was a beautiful late-summer day and
Libertarians of all stripes and factions put aside their
differences to come together in support of liberty, governor
Gary Johnson, and his running mate governor Bill Weld.
LPO members Larry and Teresa Walton hosted the party at their home and offered homemade pizza cooked in his outdoor pizza stove along with soda and adult beverages. Gary Johnson's Oregon campaign coordinator, Scott Scrimshaw, gave a fantastic pep talk after which he distributed Johnson campaign material for people to distribute where they live.
This was a fantastic morale-building event! This was the second annual pizza party hosted by the Waltons for the LPO. The Waltons have offered to hold these events annually, so watch this space so you can be a part of it next year!
Members Represent Oregon at a Historic National Convention in
Orlando where Delegates Nominate Governors Gary Johnson and
From left to right, the Oregon delegation included Greg Burnett, Scott Scrimshaw, Tim Reeves and Richard Burke. Scrimshaw is Gary Johnson's Oregon campaign chair for 2016. Burke was Johnson's campaign chair in 2012. Tim Reeves and Greg Burnett are the LPO's vice chair and treasurer, respectively. The Oregon delegation participated in the selection of candidates for president and vice president, voted on platform and governance issues, voted for various national party leaders, and communicated with members of the media.
Despite threats by those currently controlling the Libertarian Party's ballot access in Oregon not to place the Johnson/Weld national ticket on the Oregon ballot unless their boycott of the Orlando convention was respected, Oregon Libertarians got full representation in Orlando. While no delegation was officially seated from Oregon, all Oregon delegates were seated in the North Dakota delegation as part of a compromise and effectively functioned as the Oregon delegation under Oregon's state banner.
During the convention, the Oregon delegation networked with other Libertarian leaders from around the country, interviewed with CNN, Fox News, Reason magazine, and representatives from other media outlets. Scrimshaw was featured in an article about the convention in Hood River's local newspaper.
March 2016 LPO Convention Features Presidential Debate!
From left to right: The promotional graphic for the LPO's Gary Johnson / Austin Petersen presidential debate in Hillsboro and Charles Pickens of the Washington LP who helped to promote the debate makes some announcements as Johnson and Petersen wait for the debate to start.
SUMMARY. The LPO held it's annual business convention over the weekend of March 25-26 at the Embassy Suites hotel in Hillsboro. The feature event of the weekend was a presidential debate held between governor Gary Johnson and Austin Petersen after a Friday night reception. Earlier in the day both had high profile media appearances in the Portland area. The debate itself was streamed live by three content providers. About 75 people were present; standing room only. The business session began at 9AM with presidential Austin Petersen observing. Members to the LPO Judicial Committee were elected and other routine party business was conducted.
These are the headlines. For more information about upcoming party activities and projects, click on the NEWS page of this website as shown at the top.
Join, Renew, or Reinstate Your LPO Membership!
Dues paying, or "regular" members of the LPO can serve in LPO
leadership and may participate as a delegate at LPO Annual
Business Conventions. These members, through their dues,
also support the LPO financially. $50 per year. If
you are already an "Honorary Lifetime" LPO members, you do not
need to pay dues.
By joining the LPO as a dues-paying or "regular" member in this way you subscribe to the following statement: "I hold that all individuals have the right to exercise sole dominion over their own lives, and have the right to live in whatever manner they choose, so long as they do not forcibly interfere with the equal right of others to live in whatever manner they choose."
If you do not want to pay dues but are an Oregon voter registered with the Libertarian Party, you are already a "registered" member of the LPO and may participate in candidate nominating conventions as a voting member, a candidate for partisan public office, or both.
LPO In Dispute
Official State Resources
More Ways to Get InvolvedBecome a Registered Libertarian Party voter! There are over 15,804 registered Libertarian voters in Oregon. You can become one if you are eligible to vote in Oregon. Click HERE and follow the provided instructions to register or re-register online!
NOTE: Registered members of the LPO are eligible to participate in candidate nominating conventions and be nominated by the Libertarian Party to run for public partisan office in general elections. There is no charge to become a registered member.
Find out if YOU are a Libertarian! Take this quiz to find out! Just click HERE.
Form or Become Active with an Affiliated County Party (ACP). The LPO is in the process of organizing county organizations across Oregon. We are working to build an active presence across the state, and ACPs will be key to that.
County organizations are great way for advancing the principles of limited government where people live, provide a base of support for Libertarians to run in winnable local elections, and coordinate activity on statewide issues. Click HERE if you are interested!