Frank Gilbert

Governor of Arkansas

Frank Gilbert, constable of Dekalb Township in Grant County, Frank Gilbert is the Arkansas Libertarian party's first nominee for governor. Mr. Gilbert, who previously ran as a Libertarian candidate in 2012, has held the position of constable since January of 2013, attending to the rural areas of northwest Grant County. He originally campaigned for office in an effort to curtail theft in his area and to help Grant County grow safer communities. His political background also includes serving as mayor of Tull, Arkansas for eight years, coroner of Grant County for two years, and as former president of the Bauxite Education Association. Mr. Gilbert graduated from Van Buren High School before serving the United States Navy as Journalist Second Class spanning from 1968 to 1972. He attended Ouachita Baptist University prior to beginning a successful career in private security. Mr. Gilbert also serves as minister of Universal Life Church.

Christopher Olson

Lt. Governor

I am an Arkansas native, a graduate of Greenbrier High School (1995) and the University of Central Arkansas (BA, 1999; BSE, 2007). I joined the Libertarian Party in 1995. In 1997 I worked as an intern for Congressman Vic Snyder in Washington, DC.
I have been married for nearly eleven years; my wife, Letitia, is a therapist. We have three beautiful children. I currently work in the mental health field as a mental health paraprofessional, helping adults with severe mental illness make progress towards greater independence.

Jacob Holloway

Secretary of State

Jacob Holloway is a free-lance political activist and an advocate for
local community agriculture. He is a passionate gardener, horticulturalist and food science scholar and helps manage his family's farm in Piggott Arkansas by growing and marketing fresh produce.

Jacob currently lives in Little Rock Arkansas and works as a geographic information systems research assistant at the University of Central Arkansas in the H. L. Minton Center for Geospatial Analysis and Research. He holds a Bachelor of Applied Science in Agricultural Economics with a minor in Philosophy from the University of Arkansas and a Master's degree in Agricultural Science from Arkansas State University.

Brian Leach

State Auditor

Brian is a father of 3 girls and works in information technology. He enjoys camping, canoeing, target shooting and helping his daughters grow up. Brian can’t go to sleep at night without his Kindle reader. Hopelessly addicted to Diet Cherry Coke, he also makes a point of enjoying a good ribeye at least once a month. Brian has been a member of the Libertarian party since 1999 and a member of LPAR since 2010. He regularly discusses politics in a private Facebook group and on Twitter and with anyone else who will listen.

Aaron Cash

State Attorney General

Chris Hayes

State Treasurer

Elvis D. Presley

State Land Commissioner

Married from Star City, AR. I am currently working full-time at Camp's Custom Paint in Star City, AR where I assume the position of Auto Refinish technician. I am a high school grad of Star City High School. I am also a graduate of Pines Vo-tech where I received training in the automotive field. I have also attended UALR, Arkansas College of technology. I am seeking to become a candidate for the Libertarian Party. I am also involved in the music business in Nashville I don't believe in trickle-down economics. I do believe that we all should carry our own weight and help those that can't. We need to work on a scale back of our local, state and federal level of government. We also need to utilize our monetary fund. Make it more efficient for the people of Arkansas. We need to tap our renewable sources in Arkansas to divert the rising fuel cost.

Nathan LaFrance

US Senate

Nathan is an experienced energy industry professional with expertise in financial and commodities markets, economics and economic policy, energy policy and environmental policy. Although this is his first campaign for political office, Nathan has studied politics for years and is well prepared to take on the challenges of office.

Nathan is married with six daughters, ages 2 through 14. He lives with his family in Bella Vista, AR, and currently works as a senior manager of energy strategy at Wal-Mart in Bentonville, AR.

Brian (Scotty) Willhite

US Congress, District 1

I was born in Helena, Arkansas in 1979 to Larry and Janet Willhite. I was raised in Monroe, Arkansas and attended school in Clarendon. In 1997 I joined the United States Air Force where I spent four years as an Avionics Technician. I received an honorable discharge in 2001 and returned to Arkansas.

I began attending school at UALR, but transferred to Harding University and obtained a degree in English. Upon graduation I received my license to teach. I have taught at White County ALE and Des Arc Public Schools. I am married to Sallie Willhite and we have four children.

Debbie Standiford

US Congress, District 2

My husband of 25 years and I were born and raised in Hot Springs; and along with our two children we have lived in North Little Rock for the past 13 years. After graduation from UALR, I worked in the private sector as a graphic artist for 4 years until the birth of our first child; then I began my home business, dooDLStudio, and stayed home to raise our children.

I was raised with self-sufficient-minded parents, and have always had strong libertarian leanings. I became involved in the National LP in 2010 to volunteer my time as a graphic artist, then began volunteering with the LPAR in early 2011. Since then I have helped to found the Pulaski County Libertarian Party, and have chaired that group for 2 1/2 years. I ran for State Representative District 38 in 2012 on the Libertarian ticket and continue to volunteer my time with the LPAR in various committees and as a graphic artist.

Grant Brand

US Congress, District 3

My name is Grant Brand. I am a candidate for the 3rd District Congressional seat. I spent my elementary years in Springdale, Arkansas, and now live just outside of Pea Ridge. Here in Pea Ridge, I try to provide a decent home for my mom and two daughters to live, learn, and grow. I work at a local, non-profit food bank, where I help my local community battle one of its most devastating hardships.

Seeing, first hand, the struggles that citizens are facing, and how government is hurting rather than helping, I have decided to do what I can to bring our society back to a place where we can prosper instead of continuing to decline. With government ever eroding and restricting our rights, making it harder and more expensive just to get by, the Libertarian Party shines as a beacon of hope, helping to guide us back to the constitutional principles that allowed our ancestors to make this country great. When I was invited to represent the Libertarian Party, as a Congressional candidate, not only was I deeply honored and enthused, but I was also excited that the party was providing me the opportunity- as Mahatma Gandhi has said- to “be the change [I] want to see in the world.”

Now, having won the nomination at the Libertarian Party's state convention, I intend to campaign, and if elected, go to Washington bearing the following principles as my core guidance:

The government should adhere to the Constitution of the United States of America.

The government should adhere to the non-aggression principle. The non-aggression principle states that no person or group of people have a right to initiate force against another person or group of people. I believe our government of all levels should adhere to this principle both in domestic affairs, as well as foreign policy.

The government should not be intrusive in your life. I will exemplify that by not pestering you about my campaign; I will oppose intrusive legislation in Washington; and I will propose and support legislation that brings our money back home, and our country back to our Constitutional roots.

The government has no right to the fruit of your labor. I will exemplify that by not asking for your money for my campaign; I will oppose legislation that expands the national deficit; and I will propose and support legislation that that brings us back to our Constitutional roots.

The government should serve the people. I will exemplify that by holding food drives and other charity work as campaign events; I will oppose restrictive, unconstitutional, and meddlesome legislation; and propose and support legislation that increases Liberty and the ability of the citizenry to pursue free, happy and productive lives.

The government should be accessible to all people. I will exemplify that by not having a campaign director, and being directly available to the people, outside of my regular work hours. I will oppose interference with the public's interaction with government, and I will continue to make myself available while working for you in Washington.

With your help, I will go to Washington and be the change so many of us want to see!

Ken Hamilton

US Congress, District 4

I have been a member of the national Libertarian Party since October 22, 1980, after watching a commercial for the Ed Clark for President campaign. My political philosophy was shaped primarily by two books – In Defense of Freedom by Frank S. Meyer and Restoring the American Dream by Robert Ringer – and by the writings of Ron Paul starting in the early 1980s.

I would like to see the Libertarian Party of Arkansas grow to the point where it will be a viable alternative in voters’ minds to the two major Big Government parties.

Wayne Willems

Arkansas House, District 15

Darby Wayne Willems was born at St. Vincent Hospital in Little Rock, Arkansas, and raised much of his life in the Central Arkansas area. He graduated from North Pulaski High School in 1986. He worked as a paint subcontractor for many years and a musician/disc jockey. He later founded Little Rock Entertainment Company, an event booking company that works with entertainers all over Arkansas. He and his wife, Christine Willems later relocated to Hot Spring County to live and raise their children. He presently works as an event booking agent, web designer, social internet marketer and search engine optimization specialist to help local businesses gain more exposure. Over the last seven years, Wayne supported and followed the campaign of Congressmen Ron Paul’s presidential candidacy run. Wayne believes the freedom of speech, personal property and the 2nd Amendment (Right to Bear Arms) are the foundations of freedom and liberty. He strongly believes “We The People” have a voice in Arkansas, along with a voice for America. The 2nd Amendment is not about hunting, but about protecting yourself, your family, and property. We do not have a 1st Amendment (Freedom of Speech) without a 2nd Amendment. Wayne will fight against any past or newly presented legislation that hinders the voice of the Arkansas people.

Marc Rosson

Arkansas House, District 20

I went to DeQueen School through eleventh grade and got a GED. Received an Associate of Arts at UA Cossatot in DeQueen. Received Film Production certifications from BPCC in Bossier City, Louisiana. I'm a farmer, mailman, and landlord as we own commercial, residential, and recreational properties we purchased. My wife and I have been married near 15 years with the best 3 children. She stays home. I love to hunt and fish as does my kids. I believe in the constitution as written. The more taxes the government steals from us the less rights we have.

Greg Deckleman

Arkansas House, District 31

Rodger Paxton

Arkansas House, District 51

Rodger is a 6th generation Arkansan born at Crittenden Memorial Hospital (now Crittenden Regional Hospital) and was raised in West Memphis. He graduated from West Memphis High School in 1994. He graduated with an Associates of Science in Computer Network Systems from ITT Technical in 2004 and moved to Marion in 2005.

Rodger is currently a Network Manager for Strategic Behavioral Health and has worked in the IT field for over 15 years. He and his wife, Jessica Paxton, home school two boys. Rodger says, “As a working home school family with a stay-at-home mother, we understand the struggles of every day Arkansans. I will work hard to reduce (and eventually revoke) the property tax and income tax laws in Arkansas. The current tax burden for our fellow citizens is way too high and must be reduced. This starts by reducing the size1497688_10100868944515410_1057490556_n (1) and scope of government in our everyday lives.”

Rodger is a member of HIMSS (Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society) and he and his sons are members of The Society of Mayflower Descendants in the State of Arkansas. He has been politically active since working on his mother’s West Memphis City Council race in 1992.

Rodger is currently the State Secretary of the Libertarian Party of Arkansas, having previously served as the State Chairman for three years when he spearheaded the process to gain ballot access for the LPAR for the first time in history, which took a year and $50,000 in donations. He also held the First District Representative position for the LPAR before being elected as State Chairman in 2010. In the national Libertarian Party, he sits on the Judicial Committee. In 2014, he received the Libertarian Party of Arkansas’s “Standard Bearer of Liberty Award,” which is given to “the person most responsible for the growth of the party and dedication to the libertarian cause in Arkansas.”

Taylor Watkins

Arkansas House, District 80

My name is Taylor Watkins. I was born August 7, 1990, and I live in Prairie Grove, Arkansas and I am the husband of my wonderful wife, Evan, and the father of a beautiful 5 month old named Emily. I graduated highschool at Huntsville Highschool in Arkansas and work on a farm that is owned by my family. I have been a member of Grace Reformed Church of Northwest Arkansas for nearly two years. I am seeking office for the Libertarian Party because I have the honor and obligation of doing everything I can to provide the kind of life for my family that any loving father would desire. And it is my firm conviction that the most efficient and moral means of achieving the kind of safe, prosperous and free society that anyone would desire to live under is through decentralizing government and protecting the right of individuals to live their lives according to the convictions of their conscience. Our State of Arkansas has the potential to lead the way in this simple and most beautiful concept.

Eddie Moser

Arkansas House, District 95

I plan on running to bring the power back to the states that the federal government has tried to seize. It is time that Americans stand up and say no and that starts with individual states tell them they have had enough. I want to make legal carry of guns easier and illegal carry harder with bigger punishment. Legalize the use of marijuana and use the taxes from that to remove the state income tax. I am running as the every man’s man.

Michael Kalagias

Arkansas House, District 96

I have been a resident of Northwest Arkansas for 10 years, intermittently since 1991. I am 45 years old and have a BS degree in political science from Wayland Baptist University. I am happily married to my first wife, Mrs. Cecilia Kalagias. I served in the US Navy on active duty for 5 years including two deployments to the Persian Gulf and received my honorable discharge in 1998. I have 8 years of experience as a certified teacher, and am currently employed by Bentonville Public Schools as a security guard. I am debt free, so I know how to budget and make responsible choices.

Valerie Emmons

JP District 2 Pulaski County

Valerie "Val" Emmons was born in Walnut Ridge, Arkansas and raised in St. Louis, Missouri. She returned to Arkansas in 1993 and after receiving her GED she went on to receive her Bachelor’s Degree in Communications-Radio/TV, with a minor in Political Science, from Arkansas State University in Jonesboro, AR. Val currently works for a Little Rock consulting and management firm. She previously has been a weekly contributor on the Dave Elswick show, and host of her own shows on KARN, The Crime Chronicle ((LIVE)) & The Val Emmons Show. She now has an internet radio program, The Val Emmons Show, which is nationwide. Val Served on the Little Rock Community Housing Advisory Board from 2010 until June 2013 and also serves as the current Public Relations Chair for the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra Guild. Val is also a community Leader for Americans for Prosperity where she helps to educate those in the community on the Constitution and their rights and works to preserve Prosperity. She is the mother of two teenage boys who are the main reason that she continues to fight for our Freedom and Liberty.

Christian Parks

JP District 2 Lonoke County

My name is Christian Parks and in November I would appreciate the opportunity to be your Lonoke County Justice of the Peace for Ward, District 2. My family relocated to Arkansas in 1995 and I started elementary school at Ward Central. I remained in the Cabot Public School District, graduating with the class of 2011. I have since been working full time while pursuing a degree in construction management. I enjoy studying Austrian Economics, history and the philosophy of liberty.

William Brackeen

JP District 13 Pulaski County

William Brackeen was born in Memphis, TN in 1969 and has lived in Arkansas most of his life. A 1987 graduate of Batesville High School, he obtained a degree in communications from Arkansas State University and worked in radio in Northeast Arkansas for several years before making the natural leap to the collections industry.

William was a lifelong Republican until the Bush Administration cured him of that affliction. He then made his way slowly but surely into the Libertarian Party, admiring it's fiscal conservatism and the social tolerance the GOP was so sorely lacking.

He is a school choice advocate living in Maumelle, Ar with his wife Margie and their two children. He hopes to help make some changes that the D's and R's lack the desire or political will to make.

W. Whitfield Hyman

Constable, Springdale

While in law school in Fayetteville, Whitfield was President of the Federalist Society for Law & Public Policy Studies and founder of the Criminal Law Society and a member of the International Law Society, the Christian Legal Society, and the Arkansas Trial Lawyers Association. Whitfield also obtained prestigious externships, working for the Honorable Judge Chadd Mason in the Circuit Court of Washington and Madison Counties and Congressman Steve Womack in Arkansas’ 3rd Congressional District.

Whitfield grew up in Marion, Arkansas and made his way to NWA after attending undergraduate at the University of Central Arkansas where he majored in International Trade Economics with a double minor in German and International Studies. While at UCA Whitfield accepted scholarships which allowed him to study abroad in Germany and Canada, he also worked as an intern for the Department of State at the United States Embassy to Greece in Athens. Whitfield practices business and criminal law as well as immigration.

Jacob Faught

Benton County Township 5 Constable

I am a prior service Army veteran. I currently live in Benton county with my wife and two daughters although I have spent most of my life in the mountains of Newton county. I want to help create a better world for my children and our next generation and restore this country to the vision of the founding fathers.

Glen Schwarz

Pulaski County Judge

As a leader of Pulaski County, I will maintain the roads and bridges, and do all the daily work needed for safety and prosperity. In addition, I will work to end the drug war in this county and refocus the efforts of law enforcement on violent crime.

As a Libertarian office holder, I will reduce the size and the scope of government in many areas. Most notably, I will work to reduce property taxes for Pulaski County residents in my first term.

This will be my tenth run for public office. Far from discouraged, I am proud of every race, and attained a mode average in these of 18% of the vote. It is not far from 18% to a win in an important race, and that will be my objective in this campaign. Things are changing across this great nation, and remember the old adage: Tenth time is the charm!

Shawn Hipskind

Saline County Judge

I am an entrepreneur. I started a framing business in my early twenties. Later I became a residential contractor. In 2009 I became a commercial contractor, because the residential market was taking a big hit. In the last couple of years I have done work at the Clinton library wetlands park, and built the trail of parks plaza on the Arkansas River. I have dredged the Saline River and War Memorial Park pond. I have also done many road and drainage projects for local governments. I have run a successful construction company even through the recession.

Not only do I have a common sense approach to government, but I have a proven track record that I can successfully run a business in good times and bad. I am not a politician. I am a business owner with real life experience. I am a small government, big freedom candidate.

Bobby Tullis

Mayor, Mineral Springs (non-partisan)

Former Constable, City Councilman, 14 years as a State Representative. Former candidate for State Treasurer and US Congress.

Casey Copeland

Alderman, Prairie Grove (non-partisan)