Utah Libertarians Hold Nominating Convention

30728372_1556629097769029_1226871608657529287_nOn April 14, 2018, the Libertarian Party of Utah held its nomination convention in Cedar City for candidates, updated some bylaws, and heard from some great speakers.

Our County Chair, Craig Bowden, delivered his report to the delegate body, happy to report that growth is strong and our convention on April 7 went well. During his brief remarks, he also encouraged others to help form their counties into affiliates and that he would assist.

This convention was the largest the Libertarian Party of Utah has held in approximately 10 years, and the slate of candidates nominated is one of the largest put forth from the LP in Utah.

The convention was attended by the Libertarian National Committee Chairman, Nick Sarwark, and LNC Region 1 Representative Caryn Ann Harlos. Both delivered remarks to the body of delegates and encouraged grassroots participation.

Two candidates will appear on Weber County ballots this November. Kevin Bryan, who is running for Utah Senate Seat 18 and Craig Bowden, who is running for the United States Senate.


2018 Convention Announcement

As the Executive Committee for the Libertarian Party of Weber County, we would like you to mark your calendars for April 7, 2018 when we will be hosting our 2018 Convention.

This convention will be to nominate candidates for office within Weber County, update our bylaws if any recommendations are brought forward, updating our platform if anything is submitted for voting, and finally, we will be having a guest speaker to be announced soon.

The location is still to be determined, but we wanted you to have notice to be able to get time off if needed.

Watch for updates as they come in and we look forward to seeing you there.

Outreach Opportunity

6N1utsStThe Libertarian Party of Weber County will be located at the Amphitheater in Ogden on Saturday, August 5th with a booth at the Ogden Pride Festival.

This is a good opportunity for you to volunteer time in helping grow the party. We will need several volunteers throughout the day to ensure the booth remains staffed.

We will begin set up at 9 am and must remain until the event is over. If you are interested in helping with this outreach opportunity, please contact us so that we can get you involved.

Craig Bowden, a candidate seeking the Libertarian nomination for U.S. Senate will be on hand throughout most of the day as well.

With Many Thanks

The Central Committee of the Libertarian Party of Weber County would like to send its thanks and appreciation to Jamie Yearsley, our former Vice Chair.

Before we held our 2017 Convention, Jamie decided to step aside for personal reasons. While we understand that this was a voluntary decision, one we respect, as a member of the original Central Committee, she will be missed greatly.

Her contributions as Vice Chair from 2015 through 2017 will echo for a long time in Weber County.

We wish her the best of luck in her future endeavors and sincerely hope that she can find herself well on her new paths chosen.

With high regard and in Liberty,

Craig Bowden – Chair
David Raine – Vice Chair
Katherine Johnston – Secretary
Kevin Bryan – Treasurer

2017 County Convention

At 1:00 pm the 2017 Convention for the Libertarian Party of Weber County commenced. At this time we are proud to state that we have selected our platform and set our agenda going forward into 2017. After three hours of discussions, debates, votes, and elections of officers, the Libertarian Party of Weber County is set to become a viable force for liberty going forward.

Elected today were Craig Bowden as Chair, David Raine as Vice Chair, Katherine Joshnston as Vice Chair, and Kevin Brian as Treasurer.

Further, under business conducted, bylaws and motions were brought forward to ensure growth and expansion in the fight for liberty. The Libertarian Party of Weber County voted to officially separate as an autonomous entity from the State Party to begin fundraising and placing their capabilities in their own hands going forward to ensure that progress is made in the County.

While the State party is still the governing party in Utah, Weber County has asserted that it will act going forward for events, outreach, and fundraising.  As membership has grown, we have the capabilities to operate independently.

We look forward to the coming year and working to bring about more liberty in our lifetimes.

Election Results 2016

cropped-12670228_781858608610633_7996056795776473246_n.jpgThe Libertarian Party in Utah enjoyed a relatively successful year. In regards to candidates within Weber County or where Weber falls within the jurisdiction, we had breakouts all over the place. We congratulate Libertarian candidates who ran elsewhere in the state and our county. We wish we could highlight all of you!

Election results that impacted Weber County:

  • Gary Johnson for President received 3.25% and 27,735 votes.
  • Craig Bowden for U.S. House CD-01 received 5.71% and 12,710 votes.
  • Brian Kamerath/Barry Short for Governor/Lt. Governor received 2.93% and 24,740 votes.
  • Andrew McCullough for Attorney General received 6.39% and 52,839 votes.
  • Derryck Gordon for Utah House Seat 10 received 6.98% and 752 votes.

Source: Lt. Governor’s Office election website http://electionresults.utah.gov/elections/, November 10, 2016.

Time to Unify

porcupine_libertarianOne of the constant challenges faced within the Libertarian Party goes beyond the election cycles, selecting candidates, or running for office. The biggest challenge I believe we have is the way that certain factions tend to fight.  Anarchists versus Minarchists, big tent versus philosophy centric, winning versus educating. It is something that has certainly hit us with the 2016 election, where it could be said that we are nearly in a non-violent civil war.

It has gotten to the point where certain groups are calling for the expulsion of others, and this is why this article is being written. To hopefully add voice to the fact that without each other, there is no way to get to where government can be limited.

The Libertarian Party is the only party that has spoken up consistently against waste, fraud, corruption, and abuse. It has been the only voice championing liberty, even when it wasn’t popular. Since its inception in 1971, the Libertarian Party has given voice to hundreds of thousands of disenfranchised people in America.

The ultimate goal of all libertarians is to move in a direction of more liberty, and we should be doing so in as large a manner as possible. If a bill introduced falls short of the goal, we should accept the step and then push to continue moving towards abolition. We cannot cut off our noses to spite our face.

It feels like the many sides of libertarian believe they are the only ones who can do this, not recognizing that we all need each other in order to bring about anything even close to what our goals are. The purity test, the exclusion of anarchists by minarchists; we are fast becoming our own worst enemy.

It seems that many are forgetting the alliance set by the Dallas Accord to make sure that we can eventually obtain a more ideal world. That union is what keeps the Libertarian Party centered on principles (as the more radical elements provide a check and balance to the party being overrun), and the more minarchist elements are able to reach out to the people who aren’t quite ready for radicalism.

We need to recognize that without this alliance, the Libertarian Party goes nowhere. Radicals and minarchists need each other. Now is the time for us to really push as 2016 has afforded us the unique opportunity to contrast the two party system. We cannot afford to fight about what a “real” libertarian is.  We need to utilize each other to build and grow like never before.



Meet Derryck Gordon, Candidate for Utah House District 10


Earlier this week, I got the chance to ask a few questions of one of the candidates running for the Utah House out of District 10 (Ogden area) as a Libertarian. I got to know Derryck working with him at Exeter Finance Corp, where we quickly became friends. I’d like to introduce you to a wonderful choice to represent you in the Utah House of Representatives, Derryck Gordon.


1.Why did you choose to run for office?

I chose to run for office because i felt like the voices of myself and of the state of Utah were not being heard.


  1. 2. Recently, the DABC fined Brewvies for showing the movie Deadpool and serving alcohol at the same time. Do you support the law being enforced by the DABC? Why or why not?

I do not and never will support that law. To be in these establishments that you can order alcoholic beverages, you must be 21 years of age or older. You are an adult who made a decision to there, knowing full well what you will see and hear, and can leave if you are offended. You can drink a beer and watch that movie in your house, i can see no reason why you can’t go to a theater and have a beer responsibly, watching the same movie. This is a violation of freedom of speech.


  1. Recently, the Utah legislature was unable to pass a law that would allow for medical cannabis in Utah. Would you be willing to support advancing legislation to allow for medical cannabis in Utah?

Absolutely. I have personally seen the benefits of medical marijuana. In 2013, I had an uncle pass away after a long battle with cancer. During his fight he used medical marijuana, and without it would not have made it through the intense strain chemotherapy puts on the body. Without medical marijuana he could not eat, he was nauseous, and had no energy. With it he was able to eat, he could actually do things. The best part though, is the fact that it treats so many other conditions, such as PTSD, Crohn’s disease, glaucoma, Chronic pain, Epilepsy, and the list go on.


  1. Education is constantly brought up as a top issue in Utah. What are your positions on how to improve Utah education?

The first thing I would do to improve Utah’s education system is reallocate funds away from wasteful spending. This is in order to lift Utah out of last place for spending per student in the nation. I would also work to make sure that students are not simply being taught to recite the information that will be of no use to them in the future, and that they ARE being taught useful life skills, so that they are prepared for the road ahead.

You can follow Derryck  ay https://www.facebook.com/DerryckGordonLib/

Speech by Craig Bowden, Libertarian Candidate for Congress

This speech was recorded on April 23, 2016 at the Libertarian Party of Utah Convention. Craig Bowden is the Chairman of the Weber County chapter of the Libertarian Party, and was nominated unanimously following this speech. He is running for the U.S.  House in Utah’s 1st District.


Utah Libertarians Pick Candidates, Choose National Delegates for 2016

Marine Vet For Freedom

Saturday, April 23rd, the Libertarian Party of Utah held their annual convention to select candidates and choose delegates for the National Convention in May, where they will help select the nominee for President of the United States. This year’s turn out was possibly the largest in the state’s party history.


It began, as all conventions, with credentialing attendees who were eligible to vote on candidates and party business items. The reason to bring this up is that it took far longer than normal to finish the process, as the line literally went out the door for the majority of the morning, even though credentialing started thirty minutes prior to the scheduled start.

In spite of the long lines and a late kick off, enthusiasm ran high as candidates prepped their final thought in their heads, and old friends shook hands. New faces were present as well, with several officially joining…

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