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Libertarian party chooses new chairman

By Staff reports

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Bill Talkington, a postdoctoral fellow in neuroscience at West Virginia University, has been chosen as the new chairman of the Libertarian Party of West Virginia.

Talkington replaces outgoing Chairman Michael Wilson, who had to resign due to health issues.

About 10 people were at the party's quarterly meeting in Flatwoods Saturday to choose Talkington as the new chairman, vice-chairman Alan Westfall said.

Westfall said they also discussed expanding the party's executive committee and whether they should use a primary or a nominating convention to choose candidates.

The Libertarian candidate for governor, David Moran, came in fourth place in the 2012 election, with 1.3 percent of the vote. Because Moran got more than 1 percent of the vote, the party is granted "major party" status and is guaranteed a spot on the ballot for through the 2016 election.

There are 28 active Libertarian party members in West Virginia and 1,448 registered Libertarian voters in the state, according to the party's website.


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