Yesterday, March 17, 2016, Bill Redpath, a long-time Libertarian Party leader and nationally-respected advocate for fair third-party ballot access, endorsed Governor Gary Johnson for the Libertarian Party nomination for President. Redpath, who lives in Virginia, served as Chairman of the National Libertarian Party from 2006 to 2010 and continues to serve as an at-large Member of the Libertarian National Committee. He has also served as Chairman of the Virginia Libertarian Party and as Treasurer of the National Committee. Whoever wins the Libertarian Party’s presidential nomination will face the Democratic and Republican Party nominees, which is likely to be Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton in the November general election.
In the Libertarian Party and among fair ballot access advocates across the nation, Redpath is recognized as an effective defender of the rights of independent and third-party candidates to appear on ballots in all 50 states. Announcing his support of Johnson on Thursday, Redpath said, “2016 presents the greatest opportunity nationally for the Libertarian Party in many years. For us to seize this opportunity, it is essential that our presidential candidate be credible, serious and a widely-recognized champion of small government and greater freedom. We are fortunate to have such a candidate in Governor Johnson. I am proud to support him and look forward to working with him toward historic success in November.
“I am also grateful for the Governor Johnson’s work, often behind-the-scenes, to help ensure that Libertarian candidates are not unfairly denied ballot access. The fight against those who try to keep us off the ballot never ends, and Governor Johnson has been and continues to be a great supporter of our efforts.”
Redpath’s endorsement comes on the heels of the endorsement of former opponent, Steve Kerbel. Kerbel was seeking the Libertarian Party’s presidential nomination; however, withdrew his effort on Wednesday. In announcing his decision, Kerbel said, “I believe that our efforts have advanced the cause of Liberty, and that was my goal in entering this campaign 1 year ago. Kerbel also praised Gov. Gary Johnson as ” the only candidate running for President who can unify the liberty movement.” He further stated that Johnson’s “leadership is what is needed at this important point for our party and for the country.”
Applauding Kerbel’s campaign and his work on behalf of the Liberty movement, Johnson said, “The Libertarian Party’s nomination process should be — and is — a competitive and open one. Steve Kerbel has been a serious, dedicated candidate, and is a valuable advocate for the principles we share. I sincerely appreciate Steve’s support, and look forward to working with him to achieve our mutual goal: A Libertarian campaign for President that will take full advantage of the historic opportunity 2016 presents.”