Concord, NH – Representative Joseph Stallcop (Cheshire 4), formerly a member of the Democratic Party, announced today on the State House steps he is changing his party affiliation to the Libertarian Party of New Hampshire.
“Personally witnessing the situation at Standing Rock showed me the danger of relinquishing power and authority into an institution,” stated Representative Stallcop, “while my time in Concord reinforced the ineptitude that can exist by those in charge. I originally joined the Democratic Party in hopes of making a difference through critical thinking and my classical liberal viewpoint, yet with the lack of unbiased data in caucuses as well as backlash on votes I’ve independently made, it seems there is no longer a place for me here. With a high regard for individuals personally working in their communities to implement positive change, I hereby transfer to the Libertarian Party.”
This is the second time this year that a sitting State Representative has dropped their party and joined the Libertarian Party of New Hampshire. Representative Caleb Q. Dyer (Hillsborough 37) switched to the LPNH from the Republican Party in February.
“This is a historic day,” said LPNH Chairperson Darryl W. Perry. “Today marks only the second time in the 45 year history of the Libertarian Party that a sitting state representative has left the Democratic Party for the Libertarian Party. Today marks the second time this year that a sitting state representative has joined the Libertarian Party of New Hampshire. Today also marks the first time in nearly 2 decades that the New Hampshire General Court will have a Libertarian Caucus!”
“I look forward to this Caucus growing, and hope that more of the classical liberals and civil libertarians in the General Court will defect from the two party system and join the Party of Principle, and I look forward to liberty in our lifetime!”
With Representative Caleb Dyer as the Floor Leader, the New Hampshire House Libertarian Caucus will work to minimize state government, lower taxes, eliminate barriers to conducting business, and will work hard to increase individual freedom and personal liberty while protecting the rights of individuals and businesses within New Hampshire.
Originally formed in 1992, the New Hampshire House Libertarian Caucus had four members: Calvin Warburton, Andy Borsa, Don Gorman, and Finlay Rothhaus. The officially recognized Libertarian Caucus named Gorman as the Libertarian Floor Leader.
State Representative Caleb Q. Dyer changed party affiliation to the Libertarian Party from the Republican Party on February 9, 2017 and looks forward to reelection in the town of Pelham as a Libertarian in 2018.
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Darryl W. Perry, LPNH Chairman
Brian Shields, NH Libertarian Caucus Communications Director