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Chemung County Libertarians met at the Elmira Elks Lodge on Saturday to officially organize an Interim County Organization. According to a press release, the organization will operate until a full committee can be elected at the 2020 Primaries. Among those in attendance were two Libertarian candidates who will appear on the ballot this November.
The two candidates, both previously endorsed by the state party, spoke at the event. Nick Grasso, candidate
for the First District Councilman for the City of Elmira, spoke about his candidacy looking to bring accountability, transparency and a non-partisan approach to the City of Elmira. Jonathan Lerche,
candidate for Village of Horseheads Mayor, spoke about helping Village residents maintain property
rights. A few other prospective candidates who may still join them on he ballot.
The Libertarian Party gained official party status after the 2018 Gubernatorial Elections. In a historic election, Libertarian gubernatorial candidate Larry Sharpe received over 90,000 votes which surpassed the 50,000 vote threshold for official party status in New York State. Yesterdays convention resulted in the first official organization for the Libertarian Party in Chemung County.
The Libertarian Party of Chemung County is focused on promoting the Libertarian values embodied in
the non-aggression principle within Chemung County. Namely, that a person is free to enjoy themselves
and their property in peace so long as such enjoyment does not infringe on the rights of others to do the