| Q. What is a libertarian?|
Libertarians believe in, and pursue, presonal freedom while maintaining personal responsibility. The Libertarian Party itself serves a much larger pro-liberty community with the specific mission of electing Libertarians to public office.
Libertarians strongly oppose any government interfering in their personal, family and business decisions. Essentially, we believe all Americans should be free to live their lives and pursue their interests as they see fit as long as they do no harm to another.
In a nutshell, we are advocates for a smaller government, lower taxes and more freedom.
Q. Isn't a vote for a Libertarian essentially throwing my vote away?
Hardly. We would argue voting for something you disagree with going into the voting booth is worse than voting your conscience. The problems we see in society today are largely in part due to picking "the lesser of two evils." Libertarians continue to make elective inroads in percentage of votes earned and are often influential in bringing key topics to the forefront for all candidates to consider. Libertarians are often the sole opposition to entrenched party candidates in gerrymandered districts.
Throughout the U.S., over 200 Libertarians sit in elected office. Hundred more serve as appointments to councils, committees and boards. In Indiana, we have a half dozen elected officials ranging from township boards to judge.
Q. How do I get involved?
The Libertarian Party of Indiana employs an Executive Director ready to assist with getting you plugged into the right networks. Chris Spangle comes to the LPIN from a career in radio broadcasting and producing. He joined the party as a fiscal conservative tired of old-party mismanagement. Contact Chris at LPIN headquarters at 317-920-1994 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can also contact your primary contact for your county listed on our website. The IN-2 Libertarians provide a number of outreach events and regular meetings throughout the district. Volunteers for the six standing committees are always being recruited, providing leadership opportunities within the organization.
Q. My county does not have an affiliated organization, can I still be involved?
Absolutely! District 2 has established six standing commitees that work throughout the entire area. Committees include Media, Newsletter & Website, Fundraising, Membership, Candidate Recruitment & Support and Events. As well, there is plenty of opportunity to participate in social events throughout the year at a state and district level.
Q. I would like to affiliate my county. What do I need to do?
Work with Chris Spangle at LPIN headquarters to send out notice to active libertarians living within your county. A formal county convention will be called where the petition signatures will be received and submitted to the state. The County members will elect a minimum of two officers, Chairman and Treasurer, and submit by-laws to the LPIN. Copies of the by-laws and organization papers will be filed with the clerk's office and LPIN will advise you on future paperwork.
Q. Can I run for local office without having a formal county affiliation?
Yes, you can. It's not easy, but very possible. In affiliated counties, the responsibility of signing off on candidates for the party falls to the county chairman. If you live in an unaffiliated county and want to run for county or local office, the LPIN State Chairman and Secretary must sign off on your paperwork. The key is to allow enough time to file your paperwork timely. Contact your county contact on our county pages on this website or Chris Spangle at LPIN HQ at 317-920-1994 or by email at email@example.com.
Q. I don't have a lot of time, but want to be involved. How can I contribute to the Party?
The LPIN has created the 1994 Society exclusively for members and sustaining donors. For a minimum of $10.00 per month (or $120/year), you can qualify as a Shuford Fellow, named after long-time LPIN activist and former Chairman Rob Shuford. Contributions through the 1994 Society help fund the state organization's operations, outreach and events throughout the year. To learn more about the 1994 Society, visit the LPIN at www.lpin.org.