This page features information about the scope of political activities regularly undertaken by the Libertarian Party of Oregon and it's members between partisan elections.
Policy Through Initiative Petitions and Ballot Measures.
Above from Left to Right:
LPO member Richard Whitehead was the Chief Petioner of the
Voter Privacy Initiative, and photos from previous
initiative petition campaigns which successfully referred
(and overturned) legislatively passed tax hikes.
Oregon has the concept of "citizen legislators," meaning that citizens can come together to propose and enact laws just like the legislature and the governor can. Through "initiative petitions", which become "ballot measures" once enough signatures are affixed to the petitions, Libertarians have come together to bring important issues to general election ballots. Over the years, Libertarian initiative and petition campaigns have helped to save Oregon taxpayers billions of dollars while making gains in a variety of other areas of public policy.
Libertarians to Regularly Winnable Local Non-Partisan
In years past, Libertarians were regularly elected to local partisan offices throughout Oregon. Some have been re-elected and are still serving today. While the Libertarian Party of Oregon works to field more competitive races in partisan elections, it plans to redirect it's immediate efforts toward electing more and more of it's members to local office. When Libertarians in Oregon have actively run for local positions, they have won nearly two-thirds of the time.
Positions on fire boards, water boards, school boards, city councils, and such represent winnable positions in which Libertarians have served effectively. While often not as exciting as partisan positions, local governments impact the daily lives of people the most and represent vast opportunities to advance libertarian ideals in the communities where we live. They also offer Libertarians a vehicle to serve, build networks, and gain the experience needed to become serious contenders for higher offices.
Shown above are elected Libertarians Marc Delphine, Richard Burke, and Charles Radley serving in their respective public offices after having won elections. Several LPO members are now running for election and re-election in their communities. Election Day is May 19, 2015.
Maintaining a Presence in the Oregon Legislature
LPO Members have been active in both the 2013 and 2014 state legislative sessions by lobbying and testifying on issues important to Libertarians. These include the expansion of charter schools and other educational alternatives, maintaining our Second Amendment freedoms, and fighting for our privacy.
In 2001 and 2009 the Libertarian Party successfully lobbied three election reform bills through the legislature which were signed into law. The first made it easier for minor political parties to maintain their ballot access, the second made it easier for a minor party to become a major party, and the third allowed for so-called "fusion voting", which allows more than one political party to nominate the same person.
The LPO is currently lobbying the legislature to pass a variety of bills in the 2015 regular legislative session, described on this website's HOME page. Some of them have been introduced on behalf of the LPO. This effort is an OPERATION GROUNDSWELL project, also described on our HOME page.
Setting Policy Between Conventions at LPO State Committee Meetings
The LPO State Committee sets policy for the LPO between Annual Business Conventions in accordance with party bylaws. The LPO State Committee consists of party officers and county representatives who are elected at LPO Annual Business Conventions. Contact our State Chair on this website's CONTACTS page is you would like to know when State Committee meetings are held.
Learning From Like-Minded Organizations
In accordance with the law, the Libertarian Party does not coordinate it's political campaigns or other partisan activity with tax-exempt 501(c)3 and 501(c)4 non-profit educational and advocacy organizations. But such organizations, generally dedicated to the principles of limited-government, provide policy studies, activist training, and other things of value to political activists of every stripe.
The Libertarian Party of Oregon encourages it's members to become involved with such organizations for their own benefit, learn what they can, and apply what they learn in whatever way each thinks best. The three shown above are just examples. Find more on our LINKS page.
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!