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Charlie Earl
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Former candidate for
Governor of Ohio
Elections and appointments
Next generalNovember 4, 2013
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Ohio House of Representatives
High schoolMohawk High School
Bachelor'sCollege of Wooster
Master'sBowling Green State University
Place of birthFostoria, Ohio
ProfessionCEO, CommunicationsConnections
ReligionChurch of Christ
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Charlie Earl was a Libertarian candidate for Governor of Ohio in the 2014 elections.[1]

Earl previously served in the Ohio House of Representatives from 1981-1985 and unsuccessfully ran for Ohio Secretary of State in 2010.


Earl has long worked as a radio broadcaster, including serving as Farm Director for WFIN, and has been a television newscaster. Additionally, Earl has managed and owned commercial radio properties and taught advertising and mass communication courses at Bowling Green State University, Ohio Northern University and Delaware County Community College.[2]


  • B.A., English, College of Wooster
  • MA, Mass Communication, Bowling Green State University

Political career

Ohio House of Representatives (1981-1985)



See also: Ohio gubernatorial election, 2014

Earl ran for election as Governor of Ohio but was removed from the primary ballot, making it impossible to qualify as the Libertarian nominee despite running unopposed.

When asked why he was running, Earl stated, "Because I am not intimidated by the electoral process, I believe I am best equipped to carry the message of personal liberty and responsible constitutional government for the people of Ohio. I care too much for my native state to stand by and watch its great potential squandered by a collection of career politicians."[3]


As a Libertarian candidate, Earl had the potential to draw votes from current Republican incumbent Governor John Kasich who has been criticized by conservatives and tea party activists for some of his more moderate decisions. This situation would be ideal for Democratic challenger Ed FitzGerald in an already tight race.

In early 2014, a Libertarian voter took a case to court to disqualify Earl from the ballot. This voter claimed that Democrats circulated Earl's candidacy petitions and provided funding to the Libertarian candidate to draw more votes away from Kasich. Ohio law currently requires that petition circulators be members of the qualifying candidate's party. Earl's representation, Mark Brown, who previously challenged the constitutionality of new ballot access rules passed by the Ohio Legislature and signed by Kasich in November, said the challenge against Earl was an extension of the Republican strategy to remove third parties from the Ohio ballot. All petition circulators were qualified by Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted.[4]

On March 7, the Libertarian gubernatorial ticket was stricken from the ballot, after having initially gotten the Secretary of State's approval, due to this Libertarian voter's protest.[5] Though the challenge alleged that Charlie Earl's signature-gathering effort had been led by Democrats, Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted struck Charlie Earl from the ballot on a technicality instead of accepting this reasoning. He found that some of the signature gatherers had failed to properly identify their employer on the correct form and therefore threw out the signatures they had gathered.[6] The Libertarian Party of Ohio failed to win an injunction against this disqualification twice at the district court and, after a similarly unsuccessful appeal to the Sixth Circuit, petitioned the Supreme Court for emergency relief that would allow Charlie Earl to appear on the May 6 primary ballot.[7] On May 2, The Supreme Court rejected the petition and it was immediately refiled with a different justice, to no avail. No relief was provided by dawn on Election Day and the Sixth Circuit ruling stood, keeping Earl from qualifying as a write-in canddiate.[8][9] On June 4, a petition for re-hearing before the full Sixth Circuit was rejected, leaving an appeal to the district court as the only possible source of redress.[10][11]

The legal challenge affects more than this one candidacy: according to Ballot Access News, "With no gubernatorial candidate on the November ballot, the party will lose its status as a qualified party," which could have consequences in future elections.[12]


Ohio Governor's Race 2014 - Kasich vs. Fitzgerald
Poll John Kasich Ed FitzgeraldOtherMargin of ErrorSample Size
Quinnipiac University Poll
February 12-17, 2014
Magellan Strategies for the Liberty Foundation of America
April 14-15, 2014
April 24-28, 2014
Rasmussen Reports
May 7-8, 2014
May 7-12, 2014
July 7-24, 2014
July 24-28, 2014
August 18, September 2, 2014
Rasmussen Reports
September 8-9, 2014
Columbus Dispatch
September 3-12, 2014
New York Times/CBS News/YouGov
October 16-23, 2014
The Columbus Dispatch
October 22-31, 2014
AVERAGES 50.25% 36% 13.5% +/-2.97 1,536.58
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted in this race. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to
Ohio Governor's Race 2014
Poll John Kasich Ed FitzgeraldCharlie EarlNot sureMargin of ErrorSample Size
Public Policy Polling
(November 5-6, 2013)
Public Policy Polling
(December 6-8, 2013)
AVERAGES 40.5% 39.5% 6% 14.5% +/-3.55 803
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted in this race. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to


See also: Ohio Secretary of State election, 2010

On November 2, 2010, Jon Husted won election to the office of Ohio Secretary of State. He defeated Maryellen O'Shaughnessy (D) and Charles Earl (L) in the general election.

Ohio Secretary of State, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJon Husted 53.7% 2,013,674
     Democratic Maryellen O'Shaughnessy 41.5% 1,555,705
     Libertarian Charles Earl 4.9% 182,977
Total Votes 3,752,356
Election Results Via: Ohio Secretary of State


Earl and his wife Pat have two children, Kelly and Rory, and four grandchildren.[13]

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