Village councilman is Michigan's first elected Libertarian

In April 1988, the Rev. James W. Clifton became the first Libertarian elected to partisan office in Michigan when he was elected to the Village Council of Addison, Michigan.

Clifton was the pastor of the small community's United Church of Christ. He came in first among five candidates running to fill three positions on the Addison Village Council. He had been appointed to the council six months earlier to fill a vacancy, which helped demonstrate his ability to voters.

Source: "Special report: State Libertarians see gains in numbers, respect," October 21, 1996, Detroit News, and Michigan LP Web site.

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