On Saturday, Virginia’s 6th district Libertarians gathered in Lexington to decide if and who the party would nominate to challenge Bob Goodlatte in the November election. This year Representative Goodlatte is seeking his twelfth term in the House of Representatives.
Only one candidate sought the Libertarian nomination, Will Hammer of Staunton. However, he was not a shoo-in as it should be noted that Libertarians have the option to choose “none of the above” rather than have a party nominee. In what turned out to be a very close vote, the 6th district Libertarians did give Mr. Hammer their party label. The last time the Libertarian Party nominated a candidate for this office was with Stuart Bain in 2010.
Also at the convention, the Libertarians picked a new 6th district chairman. Jonathan Parrish from Lynchburg, who ran for a seat in the House of Delegates in 2013, was elected without opposition.
With Mr. Hammer’s nomination, there are at least two candidates that are challenging Representative Goodlatte: Will Hammer as a Libertarian and Paul Bevington as an independent (who previously was running against Goodlatte for the GOP nod). The Democratic Party has not nominated anyone and will not do so. There are rumors of another third party candidate, possibly a Green Party candidate, but they are unconfirmed at this time. The next hurdle will be to collect the thousand plus signatures required to appear on the November ballot.
Who will make the cut? Who will fall short? On June 10th, we will have that answer.