Dear Virginia Libertarians:
Hi, this is Wes Benedict, former executive director of the Libertarian Party. I'm recruiting a team of candidates to run for Virginia House of Delegates this year and I'd like to talk to you about it. I'd like you to be a candidate. I'm running a PAC that will help you with every aspect of the campaign. We'll make a website, help with paperwork, and signs and stickers and write up issues for you. I'll make it very easy on you and I guarantee you'll have a little fun without taking much time. Please call me at 512-659-8896 or email email@example.com. We could really use your help.
Around six Libertarians have already decided they are probably going to run for Delegate in Virginia. I'd like to add a few more before the filing deadline in June, but you need to act fast so we can file your paperwork, collect 125 valid petition signatures, and get the LP to nominate you.
If this help sounds too good to be true, it almost is. Most Libertarian candidates beg for help and report not receiving nearly as much help as they had hoped for by election day.
But this is not too good to be true. We've done this before. In 2013, the Libertarian Booster PAC provided similar help for six Virginia candidates for Delegate plus Robert Sarvis for Governor. I personally flew to Virginia and helped candidates get the remaining petition signatures they needed just before the deadline.
In 2012, for 34 Texas Libertarian candidates, we provided 34 websites, 2,890 yard signs, 3,445 bumper stickers, and 2,200 business cards. Most of those materials were provided at no cost to the candidates, although some candidates chose to contribute for extra campaign materials.
For 2019, we analyzed the votes of the incumbents and rated all 100 Delegates and 40 Senators based on their votes on key bills in the General Assembly from 2018-2019.
Look up what district you're in (click here), then view our Scorecard to see how your opponent voted.
All but one legislator scored below 50% on our scorecard. Obviously, it would help to have some Libertarians in the legislature to help move policy in a more Libertarian direction. However, simply by running for office, you help to bring attention to critical issues that are already close to passing in the legislature. Your campaign for delegate might just help to push one more Republican or Democrat incumbent to support decriminalizing marijuana, or reforming civil asset forfeiture in Virginia. Laws are changing for the better in other states, and Virginia is likely to follow--sooner with your help.
We’ve researched and written position statements on nine important issues, complete with examples of recent legislation.
Take jobs, for example. Your talking points will practically write themselves. “Delegate ____ voted for HB ####, a subsidy for energy companies. Vote for me and I’ll vote against corporate welfare bills that come before the House.”
Win or lose an election, your campaign helps change public policy for the better.
We've listed all of the filing steps and paperwork for you. We'll help with the paperwork. Please call or write to me as soon as possible! We need to get the filing process started right away.
Founder & President
Libertarian Booster PAC