|R. Lee Wrights|
|Vice Chair, Libertarian National Committee|
|Born||Roger Lee Wrights|
June 8, 1958
Winston-Salem, North Carolina, United States
|Died||May 4, 2017(aged 58)|
|Political party||Libertarian (2000–2017)|
|Occupation||Writer; Editor; Communications director|
Roger Lee Wrights (June 8, 1958 - May 4, 2017) was an American politician, activist and political consultant. He was the founder, editor, and publisher of the online libertarian newsletter Liberty For All. He was the National Vice Chair of the Libertarian National Committee, serving several different times in that role. Wrights was an unsuccessful contender for the 2012 presidential nomination of the Libertarian Party, finishing as first runner-up to the eventual nominee Gary Johnson. He was briefly a candidate for Governor of Texas in 2014.
Youth and education
Wrights was born on June 8, 1958 in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. He graduated from West Forsyth High School in Clemmons, North Carolina in 1976. Afterwards he enlisted in the United States Air Force, and served as a medical services technician at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, Goldsboro, North Carolina. He was honorably discharged in 1981 with the rank of sergeant.
Wrights earned a degree from Willmar College in Willmar, Minnesota where he majored in history and journalism. After college, he was a contributing editor for the Eagle News, a monthly political news and commentary newspaper in Forsyth County.
Wrights had two daughters; Annie Jane (b. 1981), and Kelcy Leigh (b. 1995). He worked as a carpenter and a bartender.
In 2001 Wrights began work as an editor of the Free Market Daily, an e-mail newsletter distributed by FreeMarket.net. After FreeMarket.net shut down in 2002, Wrights joined a group that began the Rational Review News Digest, a daily web and email-based news and commentary roundup. He has been an editor of the Rational Review News Digest ever since.
From 2005 to 2008, Wrights worked as editor of the Choice Channel for the International Society for Individual Liberty.
Wrights served as an at-large member of the LNC. During his time on the LNC, Wrights also served four years on the platform committee. He served as a member of the Libertarian Party judicial committee, elected to that body at the 2010 national convention.
Wrights was active in local, state and national Libertarian Party organizations since 2000 and was a lifetime member of the Libertarian Party. He served as secretary and chair of the Libertarian Party of Forsyth County, N.C. and was vice chair of the Libertarian Party of North Carolina (LPNC) for seven years. He also served as the LPNC ballot access director for two years.
Wrights was formerly the chair of the Burnet County, Texas LP and was the Senate District 24 representative to the Texas LP State Executive Committee. In 2008, Wrights was campaign manager for the Mary Ruwart for President Committee, and in 2010, he managed Ruwart's campaign for Texas State Comptroller.
Wrights was president of the Foundation for a Free Society, a 501(c)(3) non-profit educational organization dedicated to promoting the principles of liberty, personal sovereignty, private property, and free markets.
2012 presidential campaign
On April 16, 2011, Wrights officially announced his candidacy for the Libertarian presidential nomination in the election of 2012. The stated focus of his campaign was to "stop all war", referring not only to war with foreign nations, but also to war on the American people and their civil liberties waged by the U.S. government. His campaign slogan was "I am not at war". Wrights also advocated abolition of the national income tax and added that he would "replace it with...nothing."
At the 2012 Libertarian National Convention, Wrights was defeated for the LP presidential nomination by former New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson, finishing second in the balloting with 25% of the delegate votes.
Following the defeat, Wrights expressed support for Johnson in his general election campaign. He was then nominated as a candidate for the LP vice-presidential slot. Wrights was defeated for that nomination by retired California Superior Court Judge Jim Gray, finishing second in the balloting with 38% of the delegate votes.
The following day, Wrights was nominated for National Chair of the LNC, but declined the nomination. He chose instead to run for National Vice Chair of the LNC, and won election to that office.
2014 gubernatorial campaign
Wrights died on May 4, 2017, after a lengthy illness, at the age of 58.
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- "Judge Jim Gray of California Wins Vice Presidential Nomination of the Libertarian Party". Independent Political Report. May 5, 2012. http://www.independentpoliticalreport.com/2012/05/judge-jim-gray-of-california-wins-vice-presidential-nomination-of-the-libertarian-party/. Retrieved May 7, 2012.
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- "Lee Wrights Drops Out of Texas Gubernatorial Race". Independent Political Report. January 20, 2014. http://www.independentpoliticalreport.com/2014/01/lee-wrights-drops-out-of-texas-gubernatorial-race/. Retrieved January 24, 2014.
- Former LNC Vice Chair, 2012 Presidential nomination runner up Lee Wrights passes away
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