National Chairman Emeritus of the Prohibition Party, 2003 - present.
National Chairman of the Prohibition Party, 1958-1962 & 1979-2003. National
Executive Secretary, Prohibition Party, 1962-2003. Prohibition Party
nominee for US Senator from Kansas, 1966 (9,400 votes). President, Good
Government Association of Kalamazoo (Michigan), 1968-71. Chairman, Colorado
Prohibition Party, 1971 - present. Prohibition Party nominee for Colorado
Governor: 1974 (6,400 votes), 1978 (2,200 votes), 1982 (3,500 votes),
1986 (8,200 votes) and 1994 (7,700 votes). Prohibition Party Vice Presidential
nominee: 1976 (16,000 votes) and 1980 (7,200 votes). Prohibition Party
Presidential nominee: 1984 (4,200 votes), 1988 (8,000 votes), 1992 (900
votes), 1996 (1,300 votes) and 2000 (208 votes). President, American
Civic League. Secretary-Treasurer, National Prohibition Foundation,
Inc. Secretary-Treasurer, Right-to-Life Education Fund, Inc.
Owner, campaign button mail-order business.
Attended the Malden Public Schools. Attended the Narcotics Institute
Born December 24, 1932 in Malden, Massachusetts. Married to Barbara
Regan Dodge. Seven children, 17 grandchildren. Baptist. Member, Sons
of the American Revolution. Member, Sons and Daughters of the Pilgrims.
LYDICK of Texas
Vice Presidential Nominee
Lydick -- an attorney from Richardson, Texas -- is the party's nominee
for Vice President. He is also active in the United Methodist Church,
filing numerous petitions
requesting various changes ranging from advocating the repeal of "no
fault" divorce, to administrative matters, to demanding that the
clergy abstain from alcohol and tobacco use (in fact, nearly half of
his petitions were on anti-alcohol topics). Having failed to get the
church to create a committee he requested, Lydick went ahead an launched
(and chairs) the Independent Committee on Alcohol & Drugs for United
Methodists. Lydick is also one of nine members of the Prohibition Party's
National Executive Committee responsible for the operations of the party.
- Official National Site.
Buttons By Dodge
- Dodge's Campaign Button Business.
Independent Committee on
Alcohol & Drugs for United Methodists- Lydick's
Party 2004 Platform - Official Platform.
Partisan Prohibition Historical
Society - Party-Affiliated Educational Site.
Ohio State University: Temperance & Prohibition - University Site
Dodge Family Association - Dodge's Family Page.
is such a bitter rift within the Prohibition Party in 2004 that it almost took a legal fight in court to determine whether or not Earl Dodge remained
the party's nominee for President this year on the Colorado ballot.
Dodge spent nearly three decades as National Chairman of the Prohibition
Party (1958-62 and 1979-2003) until
he was kicked upstairs to the honorific post of "Chairman Emeritus."
He has also been the party's nominee for President five times in the
past (1984, 1988, 1992, 1996, 2000), for Vice President twice (1976,
1980), for US Senate once, and five times for Colorado Governor. Dodge,
who owns a campaign
button mail-order business, also produces (and sells) lots of pins
for each of his races. VP candidate Howard Lydick is an attorney and
longtime party activist. In 2000, Dodge was on the ballot in just one
state and received only 208 votes -- the party's worst showing ever.
Since then, the small party has been torn into two rival camps (pro-Dodge
and anti-Dodge). The anti-Dodge "reform faction" folks --
led by new National Chairman Don Webb -- wrested control of the
party away from Dodge by late 2003. The new leadership group subsequently
declared that the Dodge-Lydick ticket was illegally nominated at an
improperly called "national convention" held in Dodge's living
room in early 2003. When Prohibition National Committee (now controlled
by the anti-Dodge
faction) selected Gene Amondson as the replacement nominee, Dodge refused
to accept the move. The new group offered Lydick the VP spot on Amondson's
ticket -- but he refused to run with anyone other than Dodge. Dodge
maintains he still runs the party and the Webb faction are the ones
acting illegally. Dodge subsequently ignored the party's decision and
filed the Dodge-Lydick ticket as the Prohibition Party candidates in
Colorado. The Prohibition
originally vowed they would go to court to disqualify Dodge from the Colorado ballot
and have him replaced with Amondson. In June 2004, the tiny Concerns of People Party in Colorado offered their Presidential ballot line in the state to Amondson -- thus helping to avoid the court fight that neither Dodge nor the anti-Dodge group within the party could afford. "The [Prohibition Party's national] officers believe that by making the Colorado election a de facto Prohibition Party primary and soundly defeating Dodge, we can keep Dodge from further disrupting the work of the new leadership in revitalizing our party," explained Webb.
CAMPAIGN CONTACT INFORMATION:
P.O. Box 2635
Denver, Colorado 80201
PROHIBITION PARTY LIBRARY:
Us from Evil: An Interpretation of American Prohibition by Norman
Clark (1995). This book details the history of the prohibition
movement in the United States -- including the rise and decline of
the Prohibition Party. Clark also traces the roots of the cause back
at least three centuries -- and shows the significance of the urban-versus-rural
split in the 19th Century that gave rise to the political movement.
Overall, a very good introduction to the politics of the prohibition
movement. List: $15.65. (Paperback.)