Former New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson, seen here at the Free and Equal Debate in 2012, will head the Libertarian ticket as the party's nominee for President again.Michigan Libertarians announce 2016 candidates from President to Park Commission
Wednesday morning, the Libertarian Party of Michigan released its list of nominees for offices from U.S. President to Ypsilanti Township Park Commissioner. The candidates for state and local office had been nominated at the party's state convention in Lansing the weekend of May 14 and 15, while the nominees for President and Vice President were nominated May 29 at the Libertarian Party national convention in Orlando, Florida.It looks like CNN and MSNBC got the Libertarian ticket they were hoping for.
Two former two-term Republican Governors earned the Libertarians' nominations for President and Vice-President, Gary Johnson of New Mexico at the top of the ticket and William Weld of Massachusetts as Johnson's running mate. Combined, the two of them have more executive experience than either Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton.
Although it will be the second time Johnson has run as the Libertarian's nominee, it will be the first time he will be on Michigan ballots. In 2012, Michigan Secretary of State Ruth Johnson, no relation, disqualified him under the state's sore loser law.I told that story in Michigan Secretary of State attempts to screw over Libertarians. She succeeded, too.
Now for the state party's nominees.
A nearly full slate of nominees for Congress will join Johnson and Weld on Michigan ballots with candidates in all districts except the Third. In Washtenaw County, the Libertarian candidates are Ken Proctor of Charlotte in the Seventh District and Tom Bagwell of Wyandotte in the Twelfth.All the rest of the Libertarian candidates on the ballot in Washtenaw County, Michigan, along with a video of Gary Johnson's and William Weld's nominations, at the link. Read and watch there.
The most interesting in terms of practical effect are running for the lowest offices.
Finally, the Libertarians nominated three candidates for Ypsilanti Township Park Commissioner, Elizabeth Ceader, Lawrence W. Johnson, and Kalyn Sterzik. Of this group, Johnson had previously run for Ypsilanti Township Trustee in 2012 and lost. He and the rest may have more success this year. There are currently four Democratic candidates on the August primary ballot for seven slots with no Republican candidates. Unless another party nominates candidates or an independent files for the office, all three appear likely to be elected, serving as the opposition to the Democrats.Even if these three are the only Libertarians elected in Michigan this year, 2016 would still be a good year for minor party candidates.