The Libertarian Party of Wake County is the official county affiliate of the Libertarian Party of North Carolina and the national Libertarian Party.
Since its inception in 2002, WakeLP has been the strongest advocate for personal and economic liberty in Wake County. Through the support of Libertarian candidates for elected office, partnering with advocacy groups on issues concerning personal freedom, providing insightful analysis of current events, and organizing our constituency to advance the cause of liberty, the WakeLP has been an active and consistent champion for responsible, effective and principled public policy.
As an affiliate of one of three political parties officially recognized by the N.C. Board of Elections, WakeLP has also been the fastest-growing. Since 2003, the number of registered Libertarian voters is up 130% in Wake compared to +40% for Democrats and +18% for Republicans.
The purpose of the WakeLP is to:
- Serve as a local affiliate of the Libertarian Party of North Carolina.
- Maintain a statement of key issues in Wake County and a WakeLP stance on those issues as a guide for Libertarian political candidates and office-holders within Wake.
- Disseminate libertarian ideas by entering into political information activities.
- Encourage members to seek political offices throughout Wake, and nominate candidates to endorse during elections for those offices,
Recognize and promote local Libertarian organizations throughout Wake.
- Endorse and support Libertarian candidates running for offices on behalf of the LPNC and the national Libertarian Party.
Statement of Principles
We, the members of the Libertarian Party, challenge the cult of the omnipotent state and defend the rights of the individual.
We hold that all individuals have the right to exercise sole dominion over their own lives, and have the right to live in whatever manner they choose, so long as they do not forcibly interfere with the equal right of others to live in whatever manner they choose.
Governments throughout history have regularly operated on the opposite principle, that the State has the right to dispose of the lives of individuals and the fruits of their labor. Even within the United States, all political parties other than our own grant to government the right to regulate the lives of individuals and seize the fruits of their labor without their consent.
We, on the contrary, deny the right of any government to do these things, and hold that where governments exist, they must not violate the rights of any individual: namely, (1) the right to life — accordingly we support the prohibition of the initiation of physical force against others; (2) the right to liberty of speech and action — accordingly we oppose all attempts by government to abridge the freedom of speech and press, as well as government censorship in any form; and (3) the right to property — accordingly we oppose all government interference with private property, such as confiscation, nationalization, and eminent domain, and support the prohibition of robbery, trespass, fraud, and misrepresentation.
Since governments, when instituted, must not violate individual rights, we oppose all interference by government in the areas of voluntary and contractual relations among individuals. People should not be forced to sacrifice their lives and property for the benefit of others. They should be left free by government to deal with one another as free traders; and the resultant economic system, the only one compatible with the protection of individual rights, is the free market.
Please direct all media inquiries and requests for comment to the Press Secretary.
Social Media and Events
As an organization embracing the principles of individual sovereignty and free association, we welcome people of all viewpoints to engage with us via social media or at WakeLP-sponsored events. We can be reached on Facebook, on Twitter, and via the Meetup.com group we share with the Durham-Orange Libertarian Party. Coming WakeLP events are also listed on the LPNC website.
Plan of Organization