Libertarians in the state are holding a candidate forum this afternoon featuring two contenders for the party's U.S. Senate nomination.
This is only the second time in state history that Libertarians have an official presence on the primary ballot. Tim D'Annunzio and Sean Haugh are the party's primary contenders in the U.S. Senate race.
Brian Irving is the communications director for the state Libertarian party. He says the candidate forum and this weekend's annual state convention will help prepare other Libertarians who're also on the ballot.
"We have a couple of people running for state House and state Senate, and that's what we're focusing on, talking to the candidates, getting them support and getting them psyched up to run a good race," said Irving.
According to state law, in order to stay on the ballot, third parties must receive at least two percent of the gubernatorial vote. Libertarians achieved that in 2012.
Irving says the party is already working on getting enough Libertarians to come to the polls in 2016.