Delegates to the 2014 Libertarian Party National Convention in Columbus, Ohio, elected Nicholas Sarwark of Colorado to be the party’s new chair.
Sarwark has been active with the LP since 1999. He has served on committees of the national party, and as chair of the Libertarian Party of Maryland. He is currently the vice chair of the Libertarian Party of Colorado, where he played a key role in recruiting the state’s 42 Libertarian candidates for 2014, as well as supporting the passage of Colorado’s historic marijuana legalization initiative in 2012.
Sarwark’s goals include clearly positioning the Libertarian Party as the only choice for pro-freedom young people.
“Younger voters are rejecting the old political parties,” Sarwark said. “Reaching out to pro-freedom young people will make us the dominant political party in 20 years.”
Sarwark is a deputy public defender and has tried more than 30 cases before a jury and argued in front of the Colorado Supreme Court. He also has more than a decade of experience in computer consulting and sales. He lives with his wife and two children in Denver.
Arvin Vohra, an educator from Bethesda, Md., and leader of the national party’s social media efforts, was elected vice chair. Alicia Mattson, of Las Vegas, Nev., was elected secretary; and Tim Hagan, also of Las Vegas, was re-elected treasurer.
“The Libertarian Party is the future of America,” Sarwark said. “We’re adding registered voters while the ranks of the two old parties are shrinking. Our vote totals among 18–29-year-olds have risen sharply in the last two years, and our candidates are ready to give voters the real choice for cutting government and advancing liberty they crave.”