Babiarz appeals Ballot Law Commission for inclusion in Grafton 9 Special Election.

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Babiarz appeals Ballot Law Commission for inclusion in Grafton 9 Special Election

Concord, N.H. – June 13, 2017 – This afternoon the New Hampshire Ballot Law Commission met to address an appeal brought by John Babiarz of Grafton, NH.  Mr. Babiarz had requested to change his partisan affiliation at the Grafton Town Hall from Unaffiliated to Libertarian in order to file as such to run in the county’s 9th district special election which was called for Sept. 5th, 2017 last month by the Executive Council.

In the hearing Mr. Babiarz explained that the clerk at Grafton Town Hall refused to permit him to register as a Libertarian.  When he asked the clerk the reason for the denial he was simply told that there was no option to register as a Libertarian.  He noted that in the General Election on November 8th, 2016 the Libertarian candidate for Governor Max Abramson received more than 4% of the vote thus granting the party ballot qualification status in subsequent elections.  Due to the short filing period for the special election Mr. Babiarz explained that, as he was not considered a registered Libertarian, he was unable to truthfully sign an affidavit to run for the office of Representative as a “registered Libertarian”.  The Commission noted that there appeared to be an omission in the statutes regarding special elections and the deadline by which a voter may be registered with a party to file for candidacy.

After Mr. Babiarz’s testimony and some brief discussion, the Ballot Law Commission met privately with state counsel to determine what action could be taken to include Mr. Babiarz on the primary election.  After reconvening, the Commission decided unanimously to include Mr. Babiarz’s name on the ballot in the primary election to be held on July 18th, 2017.  After the decision was made both Mr. Babiarz and Rep. Dyer thanked the Commission.  Rep. Dyer, the House Libertarian Floor Leader, stated afterwards his intent to make corrections to the statutes concerning special elections and ballot access in general.  “The law is currently written for two parties”, Dyer said.  “We (Libertarians) expect to be around for a while and the law is going to need to reflect that we are here.”

Mr. Babiarz is the Chief of the Grafton Volunteer Fire Department and a former Libertarian candidate for Governor.  Although third party candidates have historically had a difficult time getting elected Mr. Babiarz believes that his prominence in his town will give him a leg up.  He acknowledged however that he will still have to campaign in the other towns in order to get his name out and win the seat.

Contact Information:

Office of Rep. Caleb Q. Dyer
122 Old Bridge St. 
Pelham, NH 03076
Phone:  (603) 417-0897
Email:  cqdyer@gmail.com

Libertarian Party of New Hampshire
PO Box 5293
Manchester, NH 03103
Phone:  (888) 668-5764
Email:  secretary@lpnh.org

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Rep. Dyer endorses Jason Dubrow for State Senate

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Rep. Dyer endorses Jason Dubrow for State Senate

Pelham, N.H. – June 12, 2017 – Last week on June 6th, 2017 Jason Dubrow, a Dunbarton resident and member of his town’s Energy and Technology committees, won the Libertarian nomination for the office of Senator for the 16th district.  In the race Mr. Dubrow was uncontested after former Rep. Joseph Lachance announced he would not seek the Libertarian nomination.  Rep. Dyer congratulated Mr. Dubrow on his nomination saying, “Mr. Dubrow is a very smart man who is deeply committed to his family and his community.  I trust that Jason will run a strong campaign and earn every vote he will receive in the General Election.  The people of the 16th district would be lucky to have an honest, upstanding man like Jason representing them in the Senate.”.

The Senate seat for the 16th district was left vacant earlier this year when the incumbent, Sen. Scott McGilvray (D-Hooksett), passed away from illness.  The three nominees are former Sen. David Boutin (R-Hooksett), Kevin J. Cavanaugh (D-Manchester), and Jason Dubrow (L-Dunbarton).  The special General Election to fill the seat is scheduled for July 25th, 2017.

Contact Information:

Office of Rep. Caleb Q. Dyer
122 Old Bridge St. 
Pelham, NH 03076
Phone:  (603) 417-0897
Email:  cqdyer@gmail.com

Libertarian Party of New Hampshire
PO Box 5293
Manchester, NH 03103
Phone:  (888) 668-5764
Email:  secretary@lpnh.org

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Rep. Stallcop switches to the Libertarian Party

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Rep. Stallcop switches to the Libertarian Party

Concord, N.H. – May 10, 2017 – This morning on the steps of the New Hampshire State House the Libertarian Party of New Hampshire (LPNH) announced that another sitting Representative was now a member of their organization.  Chairman Darryl W. Perry, noted the gravity of the event that Rep. Joseph Stallcop is only the second sitting Democratic legislator in history to have switched to the Libertarian Party; the first being the late Rep. Steve Vaillancourt, also a New Hampshire State Representative, who died in office earlier this year.

Arvin Vohra, the Vice Chair of the national Libertarian Party, also spoke during the conference suggesting that the new House Libertarian Caucus was the “youngest legislative caucus in the country”.  Mr. Vohra also noted that Rep. Stallcop’s switch from the Democratic party demonstrates that Libertarians draw from both sides and are truly a “party of principle”.

Rep. Dyer gave a short speech concerning Rep. Stallcop’s switch praising him for his courage to stand up for the things he believes in.  Dyer said, “He has proven he has the courage to think and act for himself even when surrounded by people who urged him to remain uninquisitive and follow the herd.  He had the initiative to go the Dakota hills when he saw his fellow man subjected to violence by the state at the behest of corporate interests.  He had the audacity to challenge and vote against the ill conceived positions of the Democratic party with regards to firearm licensure, civil asset forfeiture, and local control.  But most importantly, he had the fortitude to persevere, not lose hope, and make a decision that, although a difficult one, proved his unwavering commitment to the classically liberal principles that have made this state such a wonderful place to live.”.

In his speech Rep. Stallcop described his experience with the Democratic Party as a “Cinderella story in reverse”.  He also pointed out certain hypocritical or ambivalent positions of the House Democratic Caucus concerning gambling and the lottery, civil asset forfeiture reform, and transgender protections.  In closing, Rep. Stallcop urged his colleagues to work together stating, “It is now more than ever that we need community.  Instead of fighting over differences let us work together to each leave our imprint on those who need it the most.  Let us define ourselves by those we’ve helped out of the pit of desperation instead of leaving a never-ending breadcrumb trail of products and false promises that keep them there.  More than ever, let us see ourselves and our actions as the biggest factors in each others happiness, not what lies in gilded pillars.”.

After the press conference both Rep. Dyer and Rep. Stallcop went to the Office of the House Chief of Staff to schedule a room in the Legislative Office Building for the purpose of holding their partisan legislative caucus.  Rep. Dyer had stated earlier during the press conference that the House Libertarian Caucus would maintain an open door policy for “any and all legislators who find themselves in a similar situation to where we had found ourselves.”  Rep. Dyer also mentioned that the open door policy only applies to attending the meetings of the caucus whereas the decision making powers of the caucus would be relegated to only registered Libertarian members.  

Contact Information:

Office of Rep. Caleb Q. Dyer
122 Old Bridge St. 
Pelham, NH 03076
Phone:  (603) 417-0897
Email:  cqdyer@gmail.com

Libertarian Party of New Hampshire
PO Box 5293
Manchester, NH 03103
Phone:  (888) 668-5764
Email:  secretary@lpnh.org

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Rep. Dyer switches to the Libertarian Party

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Rep. Dyer switches to the Libertarian Party

Concord, N.H. – February 9, 2017 – This morning at 9:00am EST, a press conference was held in the Legislative Office Building by the Libertarian Party of New Hampshire to welcome Rep. Caleb Q. Dyer into their ranks.  The first speaker was the Chair of the Libertarian Party of New Hampshire and former 2016 Libertarian presidential candidate, Darryl W. Perry.  Chairman Perry gave a brief history of the party and its past successes noting that back in 1994 the LPNH had formed an officially recognized House caucus with Rep. Donald Gorman as the Floor Leader.  He also noted that Rep. Dyer would become the first Representative in nearly a decade to serve the majority of his term as a Libertarian.

Arvin Vohra, the Vice Chair of the national Libertarian Party, was also in attendance and spoke to the occasion stating, “It is not an easy thing to switch based on principle from and old party to a rising and growing party.  It is a rare thing to see and it is something that takes a formidable amount of courage.”

On his switch of party affiliation Rep. Dyer said the following, “I believe that it is time to demonstrate to the people of New Hampshire that such a duopoly of partisan interest, which presently controls this house, is not in their interests.”  He went on the state that the Republican majority is “divided along principled lines” and that it has fallen out of touch with the its share of the electorate.  He further added that, with the Libertarians having gained status as a ballot qualified party, the existing parties should see this as a warning sign that their constituents are growing discontent with their increasingly partisan representation.

Rep. Dyer stated that he does not believe that “organization within the structure Republican Party will be sufficient to compel leadership to be attentive to our objections to their priorities.” and therefore believes it necessary to organize outside of the party.  For this reason he further stated that he “truly believe(s) it is the best course of action to organize outside of the party and force coalition.  For this reason I have chosen to register as a member of the Libertarian Party.”

Rep. Dyer’s full statement, along with a full video of the press conference, can be found at the following link:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ERypNDbPM4g

Contact Information:

Office of Rep. Caleb Q. Dyer
122 Old Bridge St. 
Pelham, NH 03076
Phone:  (603) 417-0897
Email:  cqdyer@gmail.com

Libertarian Party of New Hampshire
PO Box 5293
Manchester, NH 03103
Phone:  (888) 668-5764
Email:  secretary@lpnh.org

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