Salem, OR—Today, Secretary of State Dennis Richardson reaffirmed that control of the Libertarian Party of Oregon (LPO) is to remain in the hands of its current leadership.
Since 2011, there has been a dispute between two groups within the LPO. This dispute includes a lengthy court battle that is now before the Oregon Court of Appeals. Both groups have requested that the Office of the Secretary of State recognize them as the leaders of the LPO prior to a court decision.
“After careful review of the records presented by both groups, and after considerable deliberations, I have concluded that there will be no change in this office's recognition of the leadership of the Libertarian Party of Oregon,” said Richardson. “The decision was based on a number of factors including statute, precedent, and the actions of both sides.”
The current bylaws of the LPO group the Secretary of State recognizes allows for full participation in party matters by members of the other group. “It is my sincere hope that the Libertarian Party of Oregon can move on as a unified party with much to contribute to public discourse in our state,” added Richardson.
View the Secretary's full statement.