Libertarian Party Politics

WA Libertarian State Senate Candidate Advances to November Election

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Edit: The original article stated that Michelle Darnell beat a Republican in the primary, but she beat an independent.

Michelle Darnell, a Libertarian running for Washington’s District 48 Senate seat, received more votes than the Republican candidates allowing her to be one of the two candidates listed on the November ballot.

Washington utilizes a Top Two Primary system, which means that the top two candidates in the primary, regardless of party, advance to the general election. This system makes it increasingly difficult for third party candidates to get elected, so that Darnell has moved on to the general election is something for Libertarians to celebrate.

The State Senate candidate received 23.66% of the primary vote, over 7% more than the Independent candidate and under 40% away from the Democratic candidate, incumbent Patty Kuderer.

Decreasing car tab prices, reforming school funding, and accountability to voters are among the many pieces of Darnell’s platform.

With Darnell being the only candidate that believes in liberty and economic freedom, she could have a good chance at becoming an elected Libertarian.


Since joining the Libertarian Party in 2016 (after discovering Gary Johnson as a disaffected Bernie Sanders supporter), Luke Henderson has been active in the liberty movement through journalism, and political activism. At the beginning of 2017, Luke had his first piece of writing published by Being Libertarian and quickly became a contributor to the libertarian news site, The Libertarian Vindicator. Through the Vindicator, Luke discovered his passion for addressing critics of the philosophy and bringing together different factions of liberty lovers which compelled him to become an editor for The Libertarian Coalition, a forum dedicated to an open-minded discussion of libertarian ideas from all walks. After many guest contributions to Being Libertarian, Luke was asked to join the website as a contributor, where he writes his column Scoring For Liberty, which discusses sports, politics, and economics from a libertarian lens, and his Educator series that seeks to strengthen libertarian’s understanding of educational techniques and policy to better arguments against public education. Luke is one of the District 1 Executive Committeemen for the Missouri Libertarian party, and the founder of the Missouri Chapter of the Libertarian Positivity Caucus. Outside of politics, Luke is a paraprofessional for the Special School District of St. Louis, a musician, composer, and a loving husband and father.

1 comment on “WA Libertarian State Senate Candidate Advances to November Election

  1. David Levesque, Sr.

    Congratulations, Michelle. All that walking in the neighborhood-paid off. You received our votes. Stay on message-be you. You have the right approach. We will support your endeavor to get elected. We need and deserve you and your abilities in the ’48’.


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