Libertarian Party of Indiana
The Libertarian Party of Indiana is the Indiana affiliate of the Libertarian Party. The Libertarian Party of Indiana has continually earned ballot access since 1994. In 2008 the Libertarian presidential ticket of Bob Barr and Wayne Allyn Root had their strongest showing in Indiana receiving 1.1% of the vote (19,243 votes) . On February 17, 2009 Indianapolis city councilmember Edward Coleman publicly announced that he had left the Republican Party and joined the Libertarian Party  . Coleman now is the highest-ranking Libertarian public official in the state, and one of the top (if not highest) ranking Libertarians holding elective office in the United States. The parties best finish in a statewide race came in 2006 when US Senate candidate Steve Osborn received 13% of the vote. Osborn had the best result for a third party candidate running for the Senate in the 2006 elections.
The founding meeting of the Libertarian Party of Indiana was held on July 14, 1974 at the Holiday Inn at Weir Cook Airport (now called the Indianapolis International Airport). Approximately 20-25 people attended including Paul Hyatt, Tom Duncan, Marvin Lazaro, Brian Bernstein, Dick Smith, Steve Butterbaugh and Charlie Reisert. Reisert made the motion to start the Libertarian Party of Indiana. The first headquarters was located at 1430 N. Capitol Avenue in Indianapolis. The LPIN became a minor political party in 1994 after achieving ballot access when Steve Dillon received more than 2% of the vote running for Secretary of State.
The Libertarian Party of Indiana is the only party other than the Democrats and Republicans with ballot access in Indiana. Hoosier Libertarians have continually earned ballot access since 1994. Other parties have tried – and failed, to gain ballot access. Hoosier Libertarians advocate smaller government while defending civil liberties. In the last decade, Hoosier Libertarians came to the defense of eminent domain victims, marched in opposition to property tax laws, fought for reduced small business licensing and pursued fairness and transparency in our elections. Indiana Libertarians lobbied dozens of city and town councils across Indiana to allow property owners to make the decision on smoking on their property.