On May 8, the ballot-qualified Liberty Union Party nominated Gloria La Riva for President and Eugene Puryear for Vice-President. They are also the nominees of the Party for Socialism & Liberation this year. The ticket will now be on the Vermont ballot automatically, without the need for a petition.
Liberty Union nominated the Socialist Party ticket in 2012, but was unable to have that ticket on the November ballot because the Vermont legislature had moved up the deadline for a ballot-qualified convention party to choose its national nominees, to May. The party was taken by surprise by that deadline change.
Liberty Union always nominates a presidential candidate who is the nominee of some other party on the left. In 1972 and 1976 it nominated the Peoples Party national nominees, although due to some election law problem in 1976, Liberty Union’s choice for President didn’t appear on the ballot.
In 1980, 1988, 1996, 2000, and 2008, Liberty Union nominated the Socialist Party’s presidential ticket. In 1984 and 1992 it nominated the New Alliance ticket. In 2004 it nominated the Workers World ticket.
Liberty Union is the first one-state party to nominate a presidential candidate this year.