Libertarian Party of West Michigan

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The Libertarian Party was formed in Westminster, Colorado, in the home of the late David Nolan on December 11, 1971. The formation was prompted in part by the Vietnam War, conscription, and the end of the Gold Standard.  The first Libertarian National Convention was held in June, 1972. In 1978, Dick Randolph of Alaska became the first elected Libertarian state legislator. In 1994, over 40 Libertarians were elected or appointed which was a record for the party at that time. 1995 saw a soaring membership and voter registration for the party. In 1996, the Libertarian Party became the first third party to earn ballot status in all 50 states two presidential elections in a row. By the end of 2009, 146 Libertarians were holding elected offices.

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