Category Archives: LPAR Convention

We the Employers need to adopt new hiring criteria

We the EmployersEvery couple of years, voters hire representatives to do the job of protecting the interest of the people. It has been common practice to elect lawyers and business owners, in the hopes that they have answers that the “average” person does not. But this strategy has not worked out well for “We The People,” — we the employers need to adopt new hiring criteria.

After all, lawyers and business owners have, at the very least, a dual focus: on their own career and on representing constituents. I’ve had a career, but now I’m a stay-at-home mom. Raising my children is my career. Their future is my focus, and a better future for Arkansas means a better future for my children. That’s why I’m running for Congress.

I’m not running for Congress so that I can begin campaigning for re-election the minute I step into office. I’m not here to make deals and sell our country’s future to increase my own power, the power of my party, or the power of government. I’m not here to make important contacts, gain status, get a title, or create new regulations that will benefit my business.

I’m here for one reason: to make sure my children have MORE freedom—to make sure they aren’t indentured to an over-reaching state with an endless appetite for squandering the labors of the people it was created to protect. I want to reduce, and even eliminate, the enormous burden of debt that we are leaving to our children.

The future of America is intricately tied to the future of my children. That is why I will work tirelessly to restore freedom for all Americans and why EVERY vote I make will be for more freedom and less government.

-Debbie Standiford, Libertarian Candidate for US Congress, Arkansas’ Second District

LPAR 2014 Post-Convention Press Release

The Libertarian Party of Arkansas nominated 26 candidates, the largest number in its history, for the 2014 election ballot at its state convention, held this weekend in Little Rock.

Heading the state Libertarian ticket is Frank Gilbert, running for Governor of Arkansas. Gilbert currently serves as constable of Dekalb Township in Grant County, attending to the rural areas of northwest Grant County. Gilbert also served as mayor of Tull, Arkansas, for eight years, coroner of Grant County for two years, and is a former president of the Bauxite Education Association.

“I am excited by the opportunity, as the Libertarian Party’s nominee for Governor, to carry the message that free men and women have an absolute right to conduct their lives in any way they choose, so long as they don’t infringe on the equal rights of others,” Gilbert said, “as well as our absolute responsibility to bear the result of our actions. The Libertarian Party is the only political entity that has that message for the voters of Arkansas. I believe it will be a refreshing change from the politics-as-usual of the old parties. I intend to campaign vigorously throughout the state.”

If the Libertarian Party candidate for Governor receives at least 3% of the vote, the party will be automatically certified to run candidates in the next election cycle, without having to petition for a spot on the ballot.

Libertarian candidates nominated for other statewide races are Nathan LaFrance, U.S. Senate; Christopher Olson, Lt. Governor; Jacob Holloway, Secretary of State; Brian Leach, Auditor; Chris Hayes, Treasurer; and Elvis D. Presley, Land Commissioner.

Libertarian candidates for US Congressional seats are Brian Willhite, 1st district; Debbie Standiford, 2nd district; Grant Brand, 3rd district; and Ken Hamilton, 4th district.

Candidates for Arkansas House include Wayne Willems, District 15; Marc Rosson, District 20; Greg Deckleman, District 31; Rodger Paxton, District 51; Taylor Watkins, District 80; Eddie Moser, District 95; Michael Kalagias, District 96.

Candidates nominated for other Arkansas races include Valerie Emmons, Pulaski Co. Justice of the Peace, District 2; William Brackeen, Pulaski Co. Justice of the Peace, District 13; Christian Parks, Lonoke Co. Justice of the Peace, Ward District 2; W. Whitfield Hyman, Springdale Constable; Jacob Faught, Gentry Constable; Glen Schwarz, Pulaski Co. Judge; and Shawn Hipskind, Saline County Judge.

The Libertarian Party is the third largest party in Arkansas. The Libertarian Party of Arkansas formally submitted more than 16,000 signatures to the Arkansas Secretary of State’s office last October in order to run candidates on the 2014 ballot.

2013 Convention Details!

We are excited to announce the 2013 LPAR State Convention to be held on April 27th at the Comfort Inn and Suites Downtown Little Rock (707 Interstate 30). This year, our convention will be in two parts: a business session and a social event. We invite you all to join us as we gear up for another exciting year!

Convention Tickets are available for $20 through April 20th by clicking HERE. Your ticket includes admission into both the Business Session and the Cocktail Caucus.


From 2:00-5:00pm we will convene for our business session that will include speakers, Executive Committee elections and District Caucuses. Reports will be given by our Secretary and Treasurer. Our keynote speaker will be Brett Bittner, elected Libertarian, Executive Director of the LPGA and the Chairman of the Libertarian State Leadership Alliance. If you want to know “Why Libertarians Lose and How Libertarians Can Win,” then you won’t want to miss Mr. Bittner.

If you have been a member of the LPAR for one year (as of April 27th) then you are eligible to run for a position on our Executive Committee. Positions elected by the full membership are Chairman, Vice Chairman, Treasurer, Secretary and an At-Large Representative. First, Second, Third and Fourth District Representatives are elected by the members who reside in those particular Congressional Districts. If you don’t know which district you live in, click HERE.

Parking at the Comfort Inn is free of charge. Please arrive a few minutes early to receive your name tag and a packet of information. The ballroom is located in the area behind the front desk.


Paid attendees will also be invited to attend a social gathering immediately after the business session at the Cornerstone Pub and Grill (314 Main Street, North Little Rock) where a light “Pub Fare” buffet dinner will be available.  A cash bar will be offered in our private upstairs room and additional food may be purchased off the menu.

Limited street parking is available in front of Cornerstone but additional parking is available in a lot behind the building. Our group will be congregating in the upstairs area.


Per our bylaws, you must be a member of the LPAR by March 28th in order to have a vote at the State Convention. Click HERE to join the LPAR for as low as $10/year or to make a donation. If you are unsure of your current membership status, please email Rodger Paxton at for more information.

If you would like to extend your stay in Little Rock, we have a block of rooms available at the Comfort Inn and Suites. Convention attendees can enjoy a reduced rate ($85/night for a standard and $95 for a suite) that includes a complimentary hot breakfast, fitness center, business center and wireless internet. Call 501-687-7700 by April 12th to reserve your room at this reduced rate.

If you have an agenda item you would like to add to our business session, please see page 10 of the LPAR BYLAWS.

“Petition to place item on agenda
A petition signed by ten percent of the delegates attending any Convention shall be sufficient to automatically place any legitimate item of business on the agenda of the Convention for its consideration.”

Our light dinner at Cornerstone will include Cheese Dip & Salsa with Tri-Colored Corn Tortilla Chips, Spinach and Artichoke Dip with Warm Pita Bread, a Veggie Tray with House Made Ranch and Honey Mustard, Chicken Fingers with Ranch, Barbecue & Honey Barbecue Dipping Sauces as well as House Marinated Meatballs. If you have any dietary restrictions, please contact Jessica Paxton at or 901-488-7040 by April 12th.

As always, we look forward to seeing you there!

Candidate Positions Still Open!

At our state convention on April 14th, the Libertarian Party of Arkansas nominated several fine candidates for office — but many ballot positions remain open. At the close of the convention, the delegates voted to end the proceedings in recess, with another nominating session to be held at a later date if additional candidates had stepped forward – and some have.

The Arkansas Secretary of State’s Office has informed us that a filing deadline of noon on May 22 will be strictly enforced. So, the Executive Committee has decided to call for an extended session on May 20, 2012:

Extended Session of the LPAR State Convention
Sunday May 20, 2012 from Noon to 2:00 PM
American Pie Pizza
830 N Hills Blvd,
North Little Rock, AR 72116 (map).

New prospective candidates and the entire membership of the Libertarian Party of Arkansas are invited to attend to consider additional candidates for nomination.

Candidates seeking nomination are encouraged to contact the Elections Committee in advance (at, to let us know of your interest, and to answer any questions you might have.

Release: AR Libertarian Party's 2012 Candidates

For Immediate Release: Thursday, April 19 2012

AR Libertarian Party’s 2012 Candidates

(Little Rock, AR) On Saturday, the Libertarian Party of Arkansas (LPAR) nominated candidates for the 2012 election during their state convention.  The LPAR nominated candidates to run in all four Congressional districts as well as candidates in several state-wide and local races.

This is the first time in history that the LPAR has met the ballot access requirements to run candidates for any office other than President. The LPAR was certified as a new political party by the Secretary of State in 2011 after submitting more than 16,000 signatures of registered voters. In Arkansas, new political parties choose their candidates at a nominating convention rather than in a primary.

“We are thrilled that every Arkansan will have at least two Libertarians on their ballot this year,” said Chairman Rodger Paxton of Marion. “We will not have to compromise and choose the lesser of two evils, but can finally vote on principals that include true freedom and liberty in every aspect of our lives.”

Libertarians advocate lower taxes, more personal freedom and less government intervention.

In order for the LPAR to retain ballot access for 2014, the Libertarian presidential nominee must have three percent of the vote in Arkansas. If the Libertarian presidential nominee earns less than three percent, the LPAR will be required to gather 10,000 valid signatures from registered voters in order to run candidates in 2014.

The National Libertarian Party will nominate their presidential candidate on May 5 during their national convention in Las Vegas. Libertarian presidential nominees include former New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson, R. Lee Wrights of Texas and others. The LPAR plans to send at least six delegates to the nominating convention next month.


Among the LPAR’s nominated candidates:


National Office:

1st District House: Jessica Paxton, Marion

2nd District House: Chris Hayes, Little Rock

3rd District House: David Pangrac, Van Buren

4th District House: Robert “Bobby” Tullis, Mineral Springs


State Office:

State Senate District 13: Frank Gilbert, Tull

State Senate District 25: David Dinwiddie, Pine Bluff

State Senate District 31: Glen Schwarz, Little Rock

State Representative District 51: Rodger Paxton, Marion


Local Office:

Saline County Judge: Gordon Hall, Bryant

Constable, Sebastian County Upper Township: Steve Jones, Fort Smith

Crawford County Justice of the Peace: Crystal Pangrac, Van Buren

Constable, Henderson Township: William “Bill” House, Bonnerdale

Justice of the Peace, Sebastian County: Brian Leach, Fort Smith



The Libertarian Party of Arkansas is a state affiliate of the National Libertarian Party. The LPAR has been active since the mid-1970′s and has consistently placed a Libertarian presidential candidate on the ballot since 1980.  In 2011 the LPAR became an official political party after meeting the requirements set forth by the state.

For more information please visit or find us on facebook.

Jessica Paxton


2012 LPAR State Convention!

Saturday, April 14th, 2012 9:00AM


The Libertarian Party of Arkansas will be holding our 2012 State Convention in Little Rock on April 14th! Registration for this event can now be taken care of at our website! It will be held at the Comfort Inn and Suites Downtown at the Clinton Library at 707 Interstate 30 , Little Rock, AR, US, 72202 at 9am.


This year our agenda during the business session will focus on selection of delegates to the National Convention in Las Vegas and nominating our Libertarian Party of Arkansas candidates for office. After the completion of the business session, our afternoon session will include an open discussion on election season strategies as well as opportunities to hear from two of the Libertarian Party’s Presidential nominees, R. Lee Wrights and Jim Burns.


We have come a long ways, and many people have worked very hard to get the Libertarian Party of Arkansas certified as an official political party in the State of Arkansas. Now I hope you will join us in celebration and anticipation of the next step; election of Libertarians to office in Arkansas.

For more information, please contact David Pangrac at

In Liberty,

David J. Pangrac

Vice Chairman

Arkansas Libertarian Party


Arkansas LP Stuff – Get Great Products with the ARLP Logo! P.S. If you have not already done so, please join the Arkansas Libertarian Party. We are the only political party dedicated to free markets, civil liberties, and peace. You can also renew your membership. Or, you can make a contribution separate from membership.

Looking for a Few Good Candidates (Actually, more than a few)

Thanks to our successful petition drive last summer, candidates of the Libertarian Party of Arkansas will be on the ballot in this November’s general election. We can nominate candidates for any partisan office around the state — Justice of the Peace, General Assembly, U.S. House of Representatives . . . they’re all up for election.

The LPAR welcomes applications from all prospective candidates
who offer to bring the Party’s message of
Maximum Freedom and Minimum Government
to the voters of Arkansas this November.

As a “new political party,” Arkansas election law specifies that the LPAR “shall nominate candidates by convention for the first general election after certification.” Therefore, we’ll be selecting all Libertarian candidates for the November election via State Convention—which will be held in Little Rock on April 14, 2012.

We ask all candidates seeking the Party’s nomination to fill out an Application Form as a way of introducing you and your candidacy to the Convention. If you’re interested in being considered for nomination, please complete and return the form to the LPAR Elections Committee* before the Convention date.

Application Fees: The Executive Committee of the LPAR has established the following application fees for candidates:

  • Local or County Office — $25;
  • State Office (Arkansas General Assembly) — $50;
  • Federal Office (U.S. House of Representatives) — $100.

Fees may be paid in advance or at the Convention, and will be designated to a special fund for the LPAR Promotions Committee to use during the campaign.

Download Application Form HERE

*Return completed form to:, or by mail to: Elections Committee, Libertarian Party of Arkansas, P.O. Box 46730, Little Rock, AR 72214.

Bylaws / Platform Committee

The LPAR Bylaws / Platform Committee is getting geared back up to make some needed changes to the Bylaws that will help us when we become an official political party in the eyes of the State of Arkansas. They will also be preparing an Arkansas-specific Platform to be voted on at the next convention. This is your chance to help the LPAR decide on what stances it wants to take in politics!

Casey Copeland was elected unanimously by the Executive Committee last night to continue on as the Chairman of the Bylaws and Platform Committee.  Along with him, Brian Leach, Dr. Michael Pakko and Dr. Thomas Carpenter will be helping with these important tasks.

We need your help! It is our desire to have people from all walks of libertarian life in Arkansas be a part of this committee! I think a good number to have as a ceiling for this committee is about 8 people, which means there are 4 more spots to fill. If you are interested in being a part of these processes and helping shape the platform for the LPAR, please contact Casey Copeland at

Executive Committee Elections

At our convention on April 9th, 2011, the Libertarian Party of Arkansas elected their Executive Committee for the next two year. The elected members are below:


Libertarian Party of Arkansas Officers

Rodger Paxton Chair 901.213.7651
David Pangrac Vice-Chair
Brian Leach Secretary
Casey D. Copeland Treasurer

District Representatives

Mark Young First District
Dr. Michael Pakko Second District
Storm Nolen Third District
Dr. Thomas Carpenter Fourth District