Running as a Libertarian in 2018 – Where and How to Sign Up

Libertarian_Party_of_Michigan_Logo.jpgDear Libertarian Candidates and Activists,

The 2018 election season is underway and the Libertarian Party of Michigan is ready to take advantage of our major party status and run a slate of candidates in next year’s primary election.

As political director for he LPM, I have been tasked with recruiting and training Libertarian candidates for public office. In October, I sent a letter to past and prospective candidates for public office explaining how to qualify for the August primary election and about the LPM’s plans to support it’s candidates during the upcoming election cycle.  Thank you to everyone who responded to the candidate survey at the end of the letter.  If you did not receive my letter, you may download it here.

To help prepare our candidates for the next campaign season, over the winter months I will be visiting each LPM affiliate to talk about running for office as a Libertarian in 2018.  Some of the topics I will go over include; how to file for office, campaign finance rules, region specific information about which offices are on the ballot in your area, and plans at the state party level for candidate training and support. Your feedback and thoughts will be essential to helping us recruit and train prospective candidates.  I will bring paperwork to each meeting so candidates can file and as a notary, I can sign your affidavit of identity.  These talks will culminate in a larger candidate training workshop set to coincide with our Spring State Convention sometime in March.

These are the upcoming affiliate meetings I plan to attend.  I anticipate announcing a couple more dates in other parts of the state later this winter including the Thumb and Tri-Cities areas.

November 26, 2017

Libertarian Party of Genesee County – Swartz Creek

Jan’s Bar and Grill, 7499 Miller Rd, 6:30


December 5, 2017           

Libertarian Party of Southwest Michigan – Portage

Brewster’s, 5135 Portage Rd, 7:00


December 13, 2017        

Libertarian Party of West Michigan – Rockford

Krause Memorial Library, 140 E Bridge St NE, 6:00


December 20, 2017        

Jackson-Hillsdale Libertarian Party – Jackson

Steve’s Ranch Restaurant, 311 W Louis Glick Hwy, 6:00


January 4, 2018

Libertarian Party of Livingston County – Howell

Cleary’s Pub, 117 E Grand River, 7:00


January 11, 2018              

Capital Area Libertarians – Lansing

AW Body Shop, 3303 N East St, 7:30


February 1, 2018              

Libertarian Party of Wayne County – Detroit

Tijuana Mexican Kitchen, 18950 Ford Rd, 7:30


February 7, 2018              

Libertarian Party of Washtenaw County (Huron-Raisin group) – Ann Arbor

Classic Cup Café, 4389 Jackson Rd, 7:00


February 14, 2018           

Libertarians of Macomb County – Sterling Heights

Ike’s Restaurant, 38550 Van Dyke, 7:00


February 20, 2018           

Northwest Michigan Libertarian Party – Traverse City

Schelde’s Grille and Spirits, 714 Munson Ave, 6:30


February 21, 2018           

Libertarian Party of Oakland County – Troy

Shield’s Pizza, 1476 W Maple Rd, 7:30


March 2018                        
LPM Spring State Convention – Lansing area, TBD
Candidate Training Workshop
National Convention Delegate Selection
LibertyFest Banquet
Please note all of these dates and locations are subject to change.  Some affiliates plan to move their meeting locations next year and the winter weather in Michigan may interfere with traveling.  I encourage everyone to double check, either on Facebook, the LPM calendar of events on our website, or directly with me or an affiliate officer.



The LPM has purchased a full year subscription to the videoconferencing program Zoom.  We have used the service for some of our LEC meetings with great success.  It has proven to be easy to use and reliable during large meetings.  I plan to use Zoom for additional candidate training seminars for those who cannot make it to one of these meetings.


Filing for office

While I will bring candidate paperwork to each meeting, you may file at any time.  The deadline to appear on the August primary will be April 24, 2018.

All candidates for office from Federal down to Village are required to file an Affidavit of Identity, which must be notarized.

Affidavit of Identity

All candidates for State, County and Local offices must fill out a Statement of Organization.

Statement of Organization (State, file online with state)

Statement of Organization (County and Local, file physical copy with county clerk)

Candidates for Federal office are not required to file a Statement or Organization but are encouraged to register with the FEC.

House and Senate candidate registration.

Additionally, if you plan to open a separate campaign bank account, you will be asked to provide a Federal Employer Identification Number.

Apply for an Employer Identification Number (EIN) Online

Lastly, as a result of being qualified for the primary, our candidate must file either a certain number of signatures or pay a $100 refundable filing fee.

Governor and US Senator – 15,000-30,000 signatures, 100 from at least half of all congressional districts

US Congress – 1,000 – 2,000 signatures

State Senate – 500 – 1,000 signatures or a $100 refundable fee

State House – 200 – 400 signatures or a $100 refundable fee

County offices – signatures or a $100 refundable fee,

Township, and Village offices – signatures only

(signature number is based on population, check with your county or local clerk)

The Michigan Secretary of State has more thorough information about the requirements for filing for office on their website which I encourage everyone to become familiar with.

I look forward to meeting everyone and working together to spread the message of limited government and individual rights to Michigan voters.


Peace and Liberty,

Greg Stempfle

Political Director – Libertarian Party of Michigan

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