The Libertarian Party of Arkansas recently selected former State Rep. Robert “Bobby” Tullis as its nominee for the Fourth Congressional District in Arkansast. Tullis served 14 years in the Arkansas Legislature and was later a Green Party candidate for state treasurer in 2010, when he polled 32.5% of the vote in a 2-way race against Democrat Martha Shoffner.
Tullis is party of the party’s first slate of candidates in Arkansas. This is the first time in history that the LPAR has met the ballot access requirements to run candidates for any office other than president, according to an LP press release.
The LPAR was certified as a new political party by the Secretary of State in 2011 after filing over 16,000 signatures. In Arkansas, new political parties choose their candidates at a nominating convention rather than holding a primary.
“We are thrilled that every Arkansan will have at least two Libertarians on their ballot this year,” said Rodger Paxton of Marion, the state party chairman and candidate for District 51 state representative. “We will not have to compromise and choose the lesser of two evils, but can finally vote on principals that include true freedom and liberty in every aspect of our lives.”
In order for the LPAR to retain ballot access for 2014, the Libertarian presidential nominee must have three percent of the vote in Arkansas. If the Libertarian presidential nominee earns less than three percent, the LPAR will be required to gather 10,000 valid signatures from registered voters in order to run candidates in 2014.