Libertarian committee members vote to dissolve state organization, but decision remains in dispute

The State Central Committee of the Virginia Libertarian Party has voted to dissolve the...
The State Central Committee of the Virginia Libertarian Party has voted to dissolve the organization.(wdbj7)
Published: Sep. 20, 2022 at 6:55 PM EDT
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ALEXANDRIA, Va. (WDBJ) - Members of Virginia’s Libertarian Party say the party’s State Central Committee has voted to disband, but the decision remains in dispute.

Holly Ward was Chair of the state committee. She said she cast the deciding vote to dissolve the organization in a meeting September 11.

In an interview Tuesday afternoon, Ward told WDBJ the action was necessary, because she believes the national organization no longer reflects longstanding Libertarian values.

“I’m sad that the term Libertarian that I’ve used for so many years to identify myself, is being contorted in this very public way, to be completely antithetical to the entire definition of what it means,” Ward said. “And if no one else is going to speak out, I am certainly going to.”

Other members of the State Central Committee, and representatives of the national Libertarian Party say the vote was not valid.

Angela McArdle is Chair of the Libertarian National Committee.

“The recent changes in the national Libertarian Party reflect a return to libertarian values. Over the past 10 years, the party has drifted to the left and valued mainstream acceptance more than the promotion of individual liberties. We believe that peaceful foreign policy, civil liberties, and economic freedom are critical for prosperity and the advancement of individualism,” McArdle wrote in an email to WDBJ7.