- Associated Press - Tuesday, June 24, 2014

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - As Republicans and Democrats vie to attract their 2016 national political conventions to Ohio, a third party’s convention is being held in the capital city.

The Libertarian Party’s 2014 national political convention takes place in downtown Columbus from Thursday through Sunday. More than 600 delegates are expected.

Chairman Kevin Knedler says the Libertarians are the only party organized nationally to see increased membership in recent years.

The event comes as a Libertarian candidate for governor has been disqualified from Ohio’s ballot this year in a dispute that is still being litigated.

Secretary of State Jon Husted (HYOO’-sted) disqualified Charlie Earl before the May primary after his nominating petitions were challenged. Husted agreed with a hearing officer who found that two Earl petitioners failed to properly disclose their employers.

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