Frontier Project Candidate Elected to Wyoming House
Marshall Burt’s historic statehouse win is first since 2002, fifth in party history
From LP News | Vol. 50, Issue 3 | Quarter 3, 2020
By Andy Craig • Maryland
For the first time in a generation, a Libertarian has been elected to a state legislature. Marshall Burt, a track inspector for the Union Pacific railroad and Marine Corps veteran, defeated a long-time Democratic incumbent to represent Wyoming’s House District 39. Burt’s campaign was spearheaded by Apollo Pazell, candidate support specialist for the Libertarian National Committee. Burt’s win was no accident, but the result of a new focus by the LNC to target resources, assistance, and talent on winning state legislative seats and local offices through the Frontier Project.
Burt attended the Frontier Summit held in Cheyenne in 2019 after Pazell identified him from the party’s membership list. His experience in the Marine Corps, where he served for nine years, and as a local leader in groups like the American Legion and the volunteer fire department in his hometown of Green River, made him an ideal pick.
Burt was not initially inclined to run for office. But after many hours of tough questions for Pazell and other Libertarian leaders, he was persuaded by the opportunity to represent his neighbors and friends in the state House of Representatives. Pazell recalls finally receiving the question most common from prospective candidates: “Why me?” to which the r
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