2018 Libertarian National Convention

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Libertarian National Convention
2018 Libertarian Party Convention Logo.png
Date(s) June 30–July 3, 2018
City New Orleans, Louisiana
Venue Hyatt Regency Hotel
Keynote speaker Amaryllis Fox
2016  ·  2020

The United States 2018 Libertarian National Convention will be held from June 30 to July 3, 2018 in New Orleans, Louisiana.


The theme will be "I'm THAT Libertarian!", a phrase uttered by the late Marc Allan Feldman in a Libertarian presidential debate at the 2016 national convention.[1][2]


Chairman election

Nicholas Sarwark's seat as Chairman of the Libertarian National Committee (LNC) will be up for election. Washington LP member Joshua Smith has announced his candidacy for the position,[3] as well as Dankertarians founder Matt Kuehnel,[4] Libertarian Party of Carbon County Chair Matt Schutter,[5] and 2016 LP vice-presidential contender Alicia Dearn.[6]


Joshua Smith
  • 71Republic, libertarian news media website[7]
  • Libertarian Party Mises Caucus[8]
  • Liberty Hangout, libertarian news media website[9]


Poll source Sample
Date(s) Dearn Sarwark Smith Others
The Libertarian Vindicator[10] 134 February 2018 47.01% 28.36% None of the Above 24.63%
The Libertarian Vindicator[11] 73 April 2018 22% 29% 41% None of the Above 8%

Vice chairman election

The seat of Vice chairman is also up for election, the incumbent being Arvin Vohra. Alex Merced, 2017 candidate for New York comptroller,[12] Libertarian Youth Caucus founder Trent Somes III,[13] 2018 Iowa gubernatorial candidate Jake Porter,[14] Indiana activist Joe Hauptmann,[15] Treasurer of the Libertarian Radical Caucus Steve Scheetz, former Indiana Libertarian Party chair Sam Goldstein[16] and Montana Libertarian Joe Paschal are also seeking the office.

In January 2018 Arvin Vohra drew criticism for condoning sexual relations between adults and minors so long as affirmative consent is given, using the example of a 25-year-old male and a 15-year-old female.[17] Multiple state Libertarian parties demanded Vohra be relieved from his position, as well as the Libertarian Youth Caucus through Trent Somes III, one of Vohra's opponents in the vice chairmanship election.[18][19]


Alex Merced
  • Libertarian Party Mises Caucus[8]


Debates among candidates for vice chairman of the Libertarian National Committee
Date Place Host Participants
 P  Participant.  A  Absent.  N  Confirmed non-invitee.  O  Out of race (exploring, suspended, or not yet entered) Sam Goldstein Joe Hauptmann Alex Merced Joe Paschal Jake Porter Steve Scheetz Trent Somes Arvin Vohra James Weeks
February 10[20] Google Hangouts 71 Republic A P P P A P A P P
February 22[21] Google Hangouts The Feldman Foundation A P P P A P A P P
March 3[22] Libertarian Party of Pennsylvania 2018 Convention Libertarian Party of Pennsylvania A P P A A P A P A
March 10[23] Libertarian Party of Connecticut 2018 Convention Libertarian Party of Connecticut A A P A A P A P A
April 21[24] Libertarian Party of New York 2018 Convention Libertarian Party of New York A P P A A A A A A


Poll source Sample
Date(s) Goldstein Hauptmann Merced Paschal Porter Scheetz Somes Vohra Weeks Others
The Libertarian Vindicator[25][26] 248 January 2018 5.65% 46.37% 3.63% 8.06% 6.05% 19.76% 10.48% N/A
99 February 2018 8.08% 5.05% 58.59% 4.04% 3.03% 5.05% 5.05% 4.04% None of the Above 7.07%


Notable speakers will include:[27]


Feud with Libertarian Party Mises Caucus

In late 2017, the Libertarian Party Mises Caucus reached out to chairman of the 2018 LP convention, Daniel Hayes entertaining the thought of former congressman and 1988 Libertarian Party presidential nominee Ron Paul and Freedom Watch host Judge Napolitano speaking at the convention, offering to pay off speaking fees. Hayes rejected the idea of Paul speaking at the convention, saying "he has no idea what the LP represents", criticizing Napolitano as well.[28] Ron Paul confronted the controversy, stating he has been a lifetime member of the Libertarian Party since 1987 when he paid using a gold coin, and asked, "do I get my gold coin back?"[29]

On February 3, 2017 Nicholas Sarwark confronted the controversy, saying in a tweet: "If Ron Paul decides he wants to attend the Libertarian Party national convention in New Orleans and speak, I'll make sure he gets time on the stage. It's the least we can do for a life member, former Presidential nominee, and Hall of Liberty award winner."[30]

Joshua Smith American Guard ties

On March 7 the Libertarian Anti-Fascist Committee, a Facebook group dedicated to keeping fascists out of the Libertarian Party, accused Joshua Smith of collaborating and defending the American Guard[31]. The organization has been linked to the Hammerheads, the Vinlanders and the Soldiers of Odin[32]. The LAFC shared screenshots of a conversation that happened on one of their posts that they believe showed that Joshua Smith has close ties to members of these groups because of their quickness to come to his aid in the conversation and that his working with these groups promotes fascist entryism into the Libertarian Party.

See also


  1. ^ Trejo, Shane (March 23, 2017). ""I'm THAT Libertarian!" – Libertarians Honor Marc Feldman With New Convention Slogan". Retrieved December 4, 2017. 
  2. ^ Harper, Jennifer (April 9, 2018). "New Libertarian motto: 'Don't tread on me'". The Washington Times. Retrieved April 10, 2018. 
  3. ^ Henderson, Luke (November 14, 2017). "Meet Joshua Smith, Candidate For Libertarian Party Chairman". Retrieved December 4, 2017. 
  4. ^ "Matt Kuehnel for LNC Chair". www.facebook.com. Retrieved 2018-03-25. 
  5. ^ Schutter, Matt. "Matt Schutter for the Chair of the LNC 2018". Retrieved March 25, 2018. 
  6. ^ Kellogg, Spencer (February 21, 2018). "Alicia Dearn Announces 2018 Candidacy For Libertarian Chair". 71 Republic. Retrieved February 21, 2018. 
  7. ^ Mohon, Mason (December 20, 2017). "Turning the Ship Around: Joshua Smith for LNC Chair 2018". 71Republic. Retrieved February 4, 2018. 
  8. ^ a b Eyer, Timothy (January 19, 2018). "LIBERTARIAN Mises Caucus Endorses Joshua Smith and Alex Merced for LNC Chair & Vice-Chair". Retrieved February 3, 2018. 
  9. ^ https://twitter.com/LibertyHangout/status/960025982047522816
  10. ^ Henderson, Luke (February 20, 2018). "POLL: Sarwark Favorite LNC Chair Candidate". The Libertarian Vindicator. Retrieved March 1, 2018. 
  11. ^ Henderson, Luke (April 18, 2018). "POLL: Joshua Smith Takes The Lead In LNC Chair Race". The Libertarian Vindicator. Retrieved April 18, 2018. 
  12. ^ "Alex Merced for Vice Chair of the Libertarian National Committee". December 2, 2017. Retrieved December 4, 2017. 
  13. ^ "Meet Trent Somes III, Candidate For Libertarian Party Vice Chairman". THE LIBERTARIAN VINDICATOR. 2017-05-20. Retrieved 2018-01-07. 
  14. ^ "Meet Jake Porter, Candidate for Libertarian Party Vice Chairman". THE LIBERTARIAN VINDICATOR. 2017-06-04. Retrieved 2018-01-07. 
  15. ^ "Meet Joe Hauptmann, Candidate For Libertarian Party Vice Chairman". THE LIBERTARIAN VINDICATOR. 2018-01-05. Retrieved 2018-01-07. 
  16. ^ Henderson, Luke (February 8, 2018). "Meet Sam Goldstein, Candidate for LP Vice Chairman". The Libertarian Vindicator. Retrieved February 10, 2018. 
  17. ^ "LNC Vice Chair Arvin Vohra once again stirs controversy, calls for removal with age of consent comments". Independent Political Report. January 13, 2018. Retrieved January 22, 2018. 
  18. ^ "State Libertarian Parties Demand Removal of Arvin Vohra for Comments on Child Molestation". The Jack News. January 16, 2018. Retrieved January 19, 2018. 
  19. ^ Anderholt, Austin (January 12, 2018). "Libertarians Call for Party Vice Chair's Resignation Following Controversial Sexual Remarks Regarding Minors". Retrieved January 22, 2018. 
  20. ^ https://www.facebook.com/71republic/posts/1385953624842231?comment_id=1385957998175127&reply_comment_id=1385959064841687&notif_id=1518225871876869&notif_t=feed_comment
  21. ^ https://www.facebook.com/TheFeldmanFoundation/posts/1967042976890776
  22. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vxzCOjmur-Y
  23. ^ https://www.facebook.com/LPConn/posts/1848452681841237
  24. ^ https://www.facebook.com/LPNewYork/videos/1017148781781849
  25. ^ Henderson, Luke (January 13, 2018). "POLL RESULTS: Merced, Somes, & Vohra Top Candidates For Libertarian Vice Chair". Retrieved January 13, 2018. 
  26. ^ Henderson, Luke (February 26, 2018). "POLL: Merced Remains Top VC Candidate, Vohra Tied For Third". The Libertarian Vindicator. Retrieved March 1, 2018. 
  27. ^ "Our Speakers". Retrieved January 22, 2018. 
  28. ^ Howley, Patrick (February 1, 2018). "BREAKING: Libertarian Party Will Not Allow Ron Paul To Speak At Their Convention". Big League Politics. Retrieved February 3, 2018. 
  29. ^ Lau, Ryan (February 3, 2018). "Ron Paul Attacks Libertarian Leadership in Response to Controversy". 71Republic. Retrieved February 3, 2018. 
  30. ^ https://twitter.com/nsarwark/status/960022266539950081
  31. ^ "Libertarian Anti-Fascist Committee". www.facebook.com. Retrieved 2018-04-01. 
  32. ^ "Behind The American Guard: Hardcore White Supremacists". Anti-Defamation League. Retrieved 2018-04-01. 

External links

  • Convention Website
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